Andrew Bynum's Responsibility as The Big Man of Los Angeles

Walter SimonsenCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2009

Being Andrew Bynum is something most of us can't really imagine.  Think about it, at 17 years old you are thrusted into the life of an adult, where you are expected to not only perform at a high level, but up to the expectations of a city like Los Angeles.

Yep, in Los Angeles it's not good enough to be another average big man.  We tried the Kwame Brown project, and realized it didn't work.  "Hands made of cement" remarked the Lakers incomprable play-by-play man Spero Adyeas.

No, we require dominant individuals capable of not just being able to match up with the Shaquille O'Neal's, Dwight Howards, and Yao Mings of the league, but hold them to single digits in the box score while being a 20 and 10 guy in your own.

As we reach the halfway mark of the season, Bynum has only now began to come around to where he was prior to his devastating knee injury last year.  A dominating big man, owning the paint on both sides of the floor, and proving that physical play in the middle can assure a team's dominance in the conference.  

For me, and many of the die hard Laker fans in Los Angeles, this change in the performance of Bynum is not a surprise, we saw what he could do and know that it is only the beginning.  

We also realize that Bynum is the road to a championship whether or not that road lies through Boston or Cleveland (or Orlando for that matter).  So, needless to say, the expectations are high for our starting 7-footer.  

We can only expect to be watching Laker basketball well into June!