I am hearing various opinions on how the Lakers should trade Andrew Bynum—and I can see both sides to this.
The chemistry between the Lakers has never been better.
The set of players they have with Pau Gasol has led them to the finals. This team has the right pace, system, and just that feel. They are always in rhythm and with Gasol handing the ball in the post they have been getting production.
The other side is that with Bynum they would have two dynamic big men on the post. Both sides are intriguing, but how could you not like Bynum in that line up?
The Lakers are in the finals, again, and have the best player in the game arguably in Kobe Bryant. The team plays very well together. When Bynum went down needing knee surgery, Pau Gasol was brought in to act as a temporary center until Bynum returns.
As the Lakers are playing for the championship, he has not returned, and Gasol gets to keep his job as center.
The thing the people may not understand is that Phil Jackson is the coach. The triangle system can be made for two post players.
Bynum, before the injury, was looking slim and was doing every thing right from shooting mid range, passing, and using the hook shot Kareem Abdul-Jabar taught him.
Imagine that with another big man on the other block. Scary!
The Lakers would not need Bynum to represent their future since they have a relatively young team. Pau is not an old man. He may only look like it with the beard. Lamar Odom and Kobe have a good five or six years left in them too.
Derek Fisher has only been in the league for 11 years and looks healthier than the first day he walked into the league. And, the bench is just full of "diaper dandies."
With Bynum just in the mix, this is a young team altogether and will be a possible dynasty for the next five years (as long as Kobe is still there).
The only question is if Bynum will ever return after the knee injury.
Guys like Amare Stoudamire, who had an even more seriously injury, bounced back from it and learned how to shoot. This can help Bynum or hurt him. If he cannot be the same, they should trade him. However, they should feel comfortable that he can return.
My point is there is no way they should trade Bynum. If they would not trade him for Jason Kidd a year ago, why would they trade him now.
They could trade him to the Bulls for their first pick in the draft, so they can get a future point guard in Derrick Rose, but Farmar really is not that bad and he fits the triangle well.
With the triangle offense, the Lakers can only get better. Radmanovic is starting right now. Bynum is a huge upgrade over him. Pau will just be a PF and Odom a SF.
No one will be able to double team the post on Pau or Bynum because of Kobe and the shooters. No one can double Kobe because of Pau and Bynum down low.
The way I see it, the Lakers are the next dynasty in the making, and Kobe is on his way to becoming better than Jordan if critics talk about the number of rings. I also think that Bynum will develop into the best center in the league and be a dominant force for the next decade on the offensive and defensive ends of the court.