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Thursdays And-1 links, where Lakers fans are just wrong

Jan 5, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

Andrew Bynum AP

Welcome to our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT).

In this poll, 56 percent of Lakers fans would rather have Andrew Bynum as their starting center over Dwight Howard. Those fans are fools. I’m a Bynum fan, I like him, but come on.

At least those fans don’t have to be in Andrew Bynum’s car, the man is not a great driver.

From the fine folks at the @NBAHistory twitter account: Kevin Love became the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975 to record 20 points and 12 rebounds in his first six games of the season.

It’s a little early, but who would you vote for to be NBA MVP?

Corey Maggette strained his hamstring and could be out a little while. Like weeks not days.

It’s official, Nate Robinson is a Warrior. With Stephen Curry’s ongoing ankle issues he’s going to get some run.

Kobe Bryant thinks Andrew Bynum has the ambition to be great.

An interesting look at race and the making of an NBA cult hero.

Video worth watching: Kevin Garnett throws water on his own face during a game.

That engagement ring LeBron James gave his long-time girlfriend is worth a cool quarter of a million. At least.

Breaking down what Portland did to slow Kevin Durant.

Samardo Samuels did not travel with Cleveland up to take on Toronto because he did not have a passport. He said he lost it. Also, the dog ate his homework.

DeAndre Jordan’s defense is maturing. It had better, this is a key to the Clippers improving.

Chris Bosh says all he does is think about basketball. Insert your own joke here.

LeBron James’ people reject a $3,500 birthday cake.

Of course somebody took Shaq up on his challenge and got a tattoo of Charles Barkley kissing Dick Bavetta.

Mike Dunleavy has a strained groin and did not travel with the Bucks to Sacramento for Thursdays game.

Mike D’Antoni wants Landry Fields to stop thinking so much.

Kyrie Irving is playing better and better in Cleveland (well, except for Wednesday night). Why? Byron Scott told him to chill.

Blazers have sent Luke Babbit to the D-League.

The Cavaliers have sent Christian Eyenga to the Canton Charge in the D-League.

The Thunder’s Ryan Reid had surgery to fix a broken nose.

The Nets have signed a lease their corporate offices in Brooklyn. Everyone who works in the office just got 50 percent more hip.

Solomon Alabi was sent to the D-League by the Raptors.

  1. loungefly74 - Jan 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    As a Laker fan…I love Bynum but gotta going with Howard.

  2. acdc363 - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    That video of KG is funny it almost looks like Ray turns around and apologizes for him

  3. bigmike7914 - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Im a die hard Laker fan and I agree totally with the fans, if you get Howard you’ll have to give up Gasol along with Bynum taking away one of the most difficult advantages to obtain in this days NBA, having two very skilled and very good seven footers in your starting lineup, and another point to be made is the Lakers don’t need a big man they need a point guard.

    • loungefly74 - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      agree. bynum + gasol > howard. (value wise)

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      But you guys aren’t getting the point of the poll. It isn’t “Who do you like better Bynum and Gasol OR Howard.” it is simply who would you rather have as the Lakers Center…Bynum or Howard. And those idiots are picking Bynum at a 56% clip. There is NOTHING in the poll about Gasol. It is a one for one question and they are picking Bynum. Lolz.

      • loungefly74 - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        i got it…hence my 1st comment about having howard over bynum.

        but yes…bigmike did change the poll with the mention of gasol. i was agreeing with that statement about gasol being in the mix.

        BUT the 56% are not looking bad AT THIS MOMENT with Bynum playing very well.

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 5, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        For the record, I grew up a Lakers fan, still watch or attend nearly every game.

        And if you would take Andrew Bynum over Dwight Howard AT THIS MOMENT you are a fool.

        First, Bynum has played three games this season and his best stretch is 18 games last season. What that Bynum in Beastmode brings is what Howard calls Tuesday — he brings that every night, has done so for about four years, and almost never misses games to injury.

        Second, Bynum is doing that with Gaol and Kobe on the floor. Remove Gasol and replace Kobe with Hedo Turkoglu. Think Bynum still gets those numbers? Howard does.

        Howard is better than Bynum.

      • loungefly74 - Jan 5, 2012 at 7:31 PM

        Like i said before I would rather have Howard over Bynum…

        …that said, I’m was trying to justify why 56% would take Bynum right now. playing great right now is probably a huge factor. and as a Lakers fan, I am super happy about that. But yeah, point well taken, Howard is a beast, the best C in the league. I guess the “homer” in me is rooting for the 56% to be right though.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    “Samardo Samuels did not travel with Cleveland up to take on Toronto because he did not have a passport. He said he lost it. Also, the dog ate his homework.”

    How is this something that the team doesn’t handle??? I would think that these players, who rightfully or not are pampered to the point where they don’t even worry about where their bags go or anything like that, would have someone on the team hold onto their passports so they are always available when they have to do their jobs in Toronto. How simple is it…”OK guys, here’s your passports for our trip through customs” 10 minutes later(OK, more likely 90 minutes later with the way Canadaian customs has become)…”OK guys, I’ll take back those passports now.”

  5. conjecture101 - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    you’re the fool Kurt Helin. A fool for thinking you have a clue what you’re talking about. When Bynum is healthy he’s a premier post player, get over yourself.

    • conjecture101 - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      But i guess you have to actually watch the games to know that.

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