4 Big Reasons the Los Angeles Lakers Shouldn't Coddle Andrew Bynum

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4 Big Reasons the Los Angeles Lakers Shouldn't Coddle Andrew Bynum
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Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum didn't always mesh, though both are highly skilled big men.

Question: Is Andrew Bynum one of the top two centers in the NBA?

Answer: Yes.

Q: Should the Lakers be concerned with keeping Bynum in purple and gold and going all out next summer to sign him to an extension, thus committing to build their franchise around the 24-year-old 7-footer?

A; Absolutely not.

After seven years of coddling, nurturing, supporting and appeasing him, the Lakers find themselves in the awkward position of now shopping Bynum in an effort to bring Dwight Howard to Los Angeles.

Andrew Bynum has worn out his welcome mat.  While there's no questioning his ever-increasing offensive and defensive skill set, and his being named the starting center for the Western Conference in the last All-Star Game, the fact remains that Bynum and the Lakers are not a great fit.

There's a big reason Mitch Kupchak continues to pursue D12.  The main reason is that Howard, when healthy, is the premier big man in the game and the Lakers have a rich tradition of having the game's top centers play for them.

Pursuing Howard so heavily also tells us something more about Bynum and his future in Los Angeles.  While there are reasons to love the way he CAN play and the potential he still brings to the table, it is most important now to not coddle Andrew Bynum anymore.

Consider the following:

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