Coaching Staff Sells Bynum on Defense, Lakers Roll

Coaching Staff Sells Bynum on Defense, Lakers Roll


After losing five-straight games, Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh made a public plea to his teammates to feed him the ball more in the lower post. Against the Lakers, Bosh had one of his better games and most definitely his biggest following a string of lowly performances.

I suppose that method works for some people.

Andrew Bynum neither had to beg for Kobe Bryant to give him offensive-consideration in the paint nor request a supply of tissues from the Lakers training staff. For Bynum, actions speak louder than words and in a similar way, defense speaks louder than offense. He’s been a completely different player since the All-Star break, buying into Phil Jackson’s defensive schemes and maturing right before our very eyes.

“My confidence is really getting built up just because I can realize I can have that type of effect on a basketball game without touching the ball,” Bynum said after the Lakers 96-91 win over Dallas on Saturday night.

Next: Bynum a completely different guy post-All Star break.