Andrew Bynum sees flaws in Lakers’ offense
PHILADELPHIA — Put Andrew Bynum among the growing list of people with a negative opinion of the Lakers’ offense.
“I just think maybe their offense is a little too high-tempo for them,” the Philadelphia 76ers center said. “I think they’re a much better team if they slow down and post the ball.”
Bynum had some advice for Dwight Howard before the Lakers played Philadelphia on Sunday.
“I think Dwight’s a great player, but he’s going to have to get accustomed to playing with Kobe [Bryant], obviously, and not touching the ball every single play,” Bynum said.
Bynum said Bryant helped him “tremendously” earlier in his career. But the 7-footer wanted the ball more often in the post as he gradually improved as a player. It didn’t always happen.
“Later I thought I was able to get the ball more and do more things with the ball, so I could definitely see how at the end it could stunt growth,” he said.
Still, Bynum was an All-Star last season for the first time, averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds.
He was with the Lakers for seven seasons before being traded to Philadelphia in August in the four-team trade that brought Howard to the Lakers.
Bynum, 25, is in the last year of a contract paying him $16 million this season. He has not played yet for the 76ers because of bone bruises in his knees. He has battled knee trouble numerous times in his career and will see a specialist Thursday for the latest update on his condition. The 76ers have ruled him out indefinitely.
The only Lakers player he stays in touch with is Pau Gasol, Bynum said.
“Overall I think it was a pretty good time,” in Los Angeles, he said. “I got better every year. I grew a lot there and obviously won two [championships]...but my time was done there.”
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