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A bright spot for the team was the play of rookie Andrew Bynum who logged a career high 18 minutes against the Bulls. Although he was a part of the fourth quarter collapse, he finally scored his first basket (four points total) and continued to block shots at an impressive clip.

In his 52 total minutes, he has eight blocks which is good for the most blocks per 48 minutes in the league (7.38). Bynum is also 14th in the league with 10.2 defensive rebounds per 48 minutes.

Clearly he's not ready for a major role as his offensive game is raw, but his potential is clear and he's already making an impact defensively.

Should the Lakers truly struggle this season, it'd be nice to see Bynum get an even larger role to further his development.

The schedule isn't easy for the rest of the month when the Lakers host the Seattle SuperSonics and New Jersey Nets before visiting the San Antonio Spurs.

Though the Lakers record is not nearly as impressive as the Clippers, they're only four games back with 72 games to go.

Based on the play through 10, it's hard to imagine the Lakers being able to play at the same level as the Clippers . . . odd as that is to say historically.
 

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Brian34Cook said:
And watch him get abused.. What a lovely idea..
Abused is what Mihm was as Sweetney toyed with him and had the best half of his career...before Bynum shut his big *** down. The kid clogged up the middle and seemed to bang pretty well. Pretty poor offensively but has better hands than Kwame. Heard he's grown 3/4" since we drafted him. Really long arms too. Considering our choices and interior D, we need him to play. If he's getting burned you take him out.
 

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Abused is what Mihm was as Sweetney toyed with him and had the best half of his career...before Bynum shut his big *** down. The kid clogged up the middle and seemed to bang pretty well. Pretty poor offensively but has better hands than Kwame. Heard he's grown 3/4" since we drafted him. Really long arms too. Considering our choices and interior D, we need him to play. If he's getting burned you take him out.
Agreed...play the kid....
 

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I dont care if he's all NBA Defensive 1st team.. He shouldnt play over 15-20 minutes a game right now.. He's got some stuff to work on..
 

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He needs to play more minutes...maybe not 20 minutes per game, but more than he's currently playing. He's a smart kid. If he gets abused, then it will help him focus on the skills he needs to improve on. We all learn from our mistakes!
 

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15 mpg is the max I'd give him this season, absolute max. Any more than that and you're playing with fire, because he simply does NOT have an NBA body. Risking injury would not be wise IMO unless the Lakers needed him off the bench to complete a championship run....and this Laker team ain't quite a championship caliber squad so that's pointless. You can still develop Bynum with 10-15 mpg. Maybe when he gets stronger and better conditioned next summer can he start playing near starter minutes. Maybe.
 
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