Dennis Loo

Sometimes asking for the impossible is the only realistic path

Dennis Loo

Dennis Loo
Location
Los Angeles, California,
Birthday
December 31
Title
Professor of Sociology
Company
Cal Poly Pomona
Bio
Author of Globalization and the Demolition of Society; Co-Editor/Author of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, World Can't Wait Steering Committee Member, co-author of "Crimes Are Crimes, No Matter Who Does Them" statement, dog and fruit tree lover. Published poet. Winner of the Alfred R. Lindesmith Award, Project Censored Award and the Nation Magazine's Most Valuable Campaign Award. Punahou and Harvard Honor Graduate. Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. An archive of close to 500 postings of mine can be found at my blogspot blog, Dennis Loo, link below. I publish regularly at dennisloo.com, worldcantwait.net (link below) and also at OpEd News and sometimes at Counterpunch.

MAY 11, 2012 2:16AM

What Andrew Bynum Should Have Said

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After being embarrassed by the Denver Nuggets tonight in Game 6 of their first round NBA playoff series, with the Nuggets winning the last two games to tie the series at 3 all, Laker center Andrew Bynum was asked in the locker room why the Lakers  - with the notable exception of Kobe Bryant who scored 31 points despite suffering from the stomach flu that required two IV's before the game - did not come out with the intensity that the Nuggets did.

Bynum said "We'll have to figure that out." 

What Bynum should have said was: "That's on me. I didn't come out with the intensity that I should have. And it's on me. I'm not going to make that mistake again. I guarantee it. We are going to win game 7 in LA and I'm going to make sure of it."

Yes, Nuggets coach George Karl is a coaching genius and yes, Karl came out with a game plan that his players implemented perfectly to immediately double-team Bynum as soon as Bynum touched the ball in the post, neutralizing Bynum, but if Bynum had played like the game mattered then he could have overcome Denver's defense. 

You don't lose games like the Lakers with their talent level unless you are being out hustled. And while Mike Brown is not the equal of George Karl as a coach, the Lakers should still win ... if Bynum does some growing up between now and Saturday's Game 7.

That's a big if because Bynum has not yet shown that he has matured enough to shoulder the responsibility that his talent and size provide him. 

Teams (and societies) don't rise to the occasion and triumph over adversity and prove themselves to be champions unless their leaders step up and put the team on their shoulders. Kobe does this but you don't win NBA championships without a one-two punch (as Shaq put it the other day). Bynum is the guy who has to step up.

(As for Pau Gasol, I don't know what's happened to him. He seems to have given up trying to take the ball to the hoop and settles all too often for an outside jumper which he doesn't even make often enough.)

 

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Now, now Dennis. Your post seems like you are the one making excuses, not Bynum. The Nuggets won because to a man they outplayed the Lakers. Give the Nuggets the credit they deserve. God did not foreordain the Lakers to be great forever and ever amen!
Other than that, you know I am pretty much in agreement with you.
The Nuggets have been playing great ball in the last two games. Nothing should take away from that. I admire their effort.