Los Angeles Lakers' Fans: You Need To Melo Out

Paul PeszkoSenior Writer IFebruary 9, 2011

DENVER - NOVEMBER 11:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets look on during a break in the action at the Pepsi Center on November 11, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Lakers 118-112.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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It ain’t gonna happen.

Sure, I would love to see Carmelo Anthony in purple and gold, but it really doesn’t make sense for the Denver Nuggets to trade Anthony for Andrew Bynum.

Although some of the local commentators and sportswriters have reservations about trading Bynum, I feel it would be Denver that would wind up on the short end.

Getting Bynum for Anthony is not a fair trade for three reasons — knees, knees and more knees.

Of course freak accidents can happen to any player.  But Bynum, like most big centers, seems to be prone to such injuries. 

It also takes big guys like Bynum and Yao Ming longer to recuperate.  Those knees must cushion a lot of weight as the player runs up and down the court and jumps for rebounds.

Each time Bynum has been injured, his actual recovery time has always exceeded maximum estimates.  This season he missed the first 24 games, and he is just now regaining his ideal conditioning with only 30 games left.

Now imagine how much his conditioning would deteriorate playing in Mile-High Denver.  He would be sucking up more wind than a turbojet.

Off the court Bynum has never hesitated when it came to putting himself ahead of his teammates and the fans.  Last summer, when he should have had surgery immediately after the championship parade, he decided to go to the World Cup and then spend another month at least traveling around the world.

His reasoning: he is still young and wants to enjoy life while he can — as well as his $16 million per year salary.  That is not the kind of attitude that would gain favor with George Karl.

Denver is obviously using their talks with the Lakers as a smoke screen, hoping that the Knicks will sweeten the pot in a three-team swap.  It is a Danilo Gallinari or a Kelena Azubuike that they really want, not Andrew Bynum.

Besides, Bynum would not fit in with the Nuggets - he doesn't have any tattoos. 

As for the Lakers, if the deal were to materialize Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, and Mitch Kupchak would sign off on it.  Only team President, Jim Buss, Jerry Buss’ son, would be the lone holdout.  Andrew Bynum is Jim Buss’ pet project.  A project, I might add, that has yet to gain fruition.

Yes, the Lakers are unique with their twin seven-foot towers.  But that is so last year.  This season, their main competition has figured out how to neutralize that uniqueness.

Did anyone think that coaches like Greg Popovich, Doc Rivers, and Pat Riley would never find a way to defeat a triangle offense propped up by the twin towers?

Has anyone not seen how point guards like Dave Parker, Rajon Rondo, and Derrick Rose have shredded the Lakers front court with their dribble penetration?

The twin towers, while unique, is no longer something to be feared.  So, why would the Nuggets want to break up the twin towers and give the Lakers the ideal replacement — the twin cannons – Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony?

To all my Lakers’ fans, I am afraid we just need to Melo out.  This deal isn’t happening.


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