The Los Angeles Lakers have been in a funk lately, and like Nicholson, something has got to give.
After suffering a string of defeats from non-playoff bound teams, Los Angeles rebounded slightly with a victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Whew. It would have been bad to lose that one!
How could this be? Aren't they still the best team in basketball?
Of course they are.
The fact of the matter is the Lakers are simply to shallow in the front court at the moment, and it's starting to show. Having Andrew and Theo Ratliff sidelined with injuries has put an added strain on forwards Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, and they have been playing too many minutes because of it.
Bynum was supposed to rejoin the team on Turkey Day to relieve his fellow big men, but that didn't end up happening. Sources are starting to indicate that he will in fact join the team on an up coming road trip, and see some minutes before the end of it
This is great news for the purple and gold fans, and it couldn't come at a better time. Andrew Bynum brings so much to this squad when he sees minutes, that his returning skill set will definitely help the Lakers get back on the right track. The following are the top things I believe Andrew Bynum brings to the Lakers line up, and why it's so crucial the Los Angeles gets them back as soon as humanly possible.