For Andrew Bynum this was the first but certainly not the last time he’ll be an NBA All-Star. That’s why he can’t be too concerned about seeing only 5 minutes of scoreless PT despite being voted a starter.
After having a small yet preventative procedure on his knee just two days ago it was decided that rest would be best for Bynum. Despite being on the court just long enough to break a sweat, Drew made his presence felt. The young big man grabbed 3 boards, blocked a shot, a steal and wasn’t scoreless for lack of trying.
Generally the game of a true center doesn’t translate to the pickup style of play All-Star contests involve. That’s why seeing Bynum go 0 for 3 with one miss coming from beyond the arc shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. He’ll get the hang of these exhibitions soon enough.
While surely disappointing for Bynum, who so publicly stated his goal of being an All-Star, the rest was very necessary for the ensuing playoff push. The Lakers will need Bynum to be completely healthy if there is any hope of making some noise in the postseason.