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By 12.19.11
Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum (photo. Jeff Forney)

While most see the problems for the Warriors starting with their very limited frontcourt, you could make a case the real issue is actually their Kate Moss-thin perimeter depth. After you get past their starters, the only guy left is an unheralded rookie, Klay Thompson. That’s like going into battle with an AK-47, but with only one round. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone the Warriors are going after Brandon Rush, who’s been deemed expendable by Indiana. Sources say the deal is Rush for Lou Amundson straight up. We like it. Rush plugs a hole and Sweet Lou becomes Tyler Hansbrough Vol. 2. In a shortened, 66-game season filled with long road trips and back-to-back-to-backs, overall depth will be a valuable asset. Teams with the ability to bring quality guys off the bench will stay fresher as the season progresses, which is especially important for older teams like San Antonio, Boston and Dallas … Speaking of thin, did anyone see Kevin Love on Saturday night? Dude looks like a new person. Even his face is different. We’ve commentated before on how everyone says they’ve gained muscle in the summer or lost bad weight, but here’s an instance where you can really see what 25 pounds look like. He says he lost about 25 during the lockout, and it’s visible. Love looks streamlined as opposed to the chubby, round kid who dominated backboards last year. As long as he hasn’t lost any strength, this should only help with his conditioning and injury-prevention. He’s incorporated some intense yoga and a new diet into his routine … Andrew Bynum, the Lakers 24-year-old center with worse knees than his 77-year-old owner Jerry Buss, told ESPN Los Angeles that he feels good. He finished with 14 points in the Lakers intrasquad scrimmage on Friday, tying him with Kobe and Pau as the teams’ high scorer. When asked about Dwight Howard and potentially being on the trading block, Bynum had this to say: “I think Dwight is a great player and obviously if the Lakers can get him for the right deal, it would be worthwhile. But if they want too much in return, it won’t go through.” Bynum won’t be shocked if he gets shipped off to Disney World in the near future. For now though, he might be the Lakers most important player simply because of the risks. Asking him to stay injury-free is too big of a Christmas present. A Bynum injury always feels inevitable, and in a crazy year, with no Odom around, they better hope it doesn’t come at a bad time … ESPN is reporting there is a chance Gilbert Arenas and Baron Davis both end up on the Knicks. Yes, that team really needs anyone to come in and take minutes from a certain few guys, but to take on two players like this at once? They’ll be a lot of babysitting going on. One thing you can say for Davis though is he usually rises to the pressure. When he’s motivated – when he has something to prove – B Dizzle normally comes through. Arenas has fallen off pretty quickly, but he has no shortage of ammunition. If he wants to stick in the league, this is probably his last shot … And newly-acquired Jamal Crawford has gotten right to work in Portland, and his first move: getting that number 11 jersey. According to Joe Freeman of, Crawford bought the number off Luke Babbitt in a series of back-and-forth negotiations that spanned multiple days, involving LaMarcus Aldridge as a mediator. After everything was said and done, Crawford walked away with No. 11 for a price tag of $12,000. “That was a hard bargain,” said Crawford. “Luke could have been a lawyer, he got me.” … We’re out like Love’s love handles.

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