Let Bynum be; Lak­ers aren’t in a sprint any­way

Los Angeles Times - - Morning Briefing - T.J. SIMERS t.j.simers@latimes.com

I have a date Mon­day with Diane Lane.

She just wants to get to­gether, you know, and talk. Movie star to movie star.

Iwas prob­a­bly 20 pounds lighter when I starred in “The Game Plan,” al­though the wife says it’s 40. She’s al­ways been help­ful like that, and I’d hate to lose her.

It might be tough to drop 40 pounds in the next two days. If Diane is look­ing for me to be in her next movie, I guess I’ll just have to play the heavy.

But it got me think­ing. Why am I so fat? The an­swer is easy: Plaschke. You might read him on oc­ca­sion, which would ex­plain why you are 20 to 40 pounds over­weight. But since you don’t have my movie re­sume, you’ve got no shot with Diane.

It’s the stress that comes from read­ing his col­umns. What do you do when you feel stress? Eat.

Dic­tio­nary.com de­scribes stress as “phys­i­cal, mental or emo­tional strain or ten­sion,” like “worry over a job.” Or con­cern peo­ple will ac­tu­ally be­lieve what Plaschke writes.

This week Plaschke jumped all over

An­drew Bynum.

He’s been down on the 22-year-old kid since Bynum was a teenager. He was also a Frank McCourt sup­porter, but I di­gress.

He thinks the Lak­ers should trade Bynum. Any chance he gets to drive that point home, he does.

“Dif­fer­ent sea­son, same story, the Lak­ers big man comes up small,” wrote Plaschke.

That’s one thing I will never un­der­stand. I have no idea why sports columnists have to be so neg­a­tive.

I be­lieve the Lak­ers are lucky to have Bynum. I hear Phil Jack­son talk about the value of a big body all the time. I’d like to think on oc­ca­sion he’s talk­ing about a sportswriter 40 pounds too heavy, but I know bet­ter.

As for the slow start Bynum is go­ing to have this sea­son, isn’t the kid fol­low­ing the lead of his el­ders? The reg­u­lar sea­son has never meant much to Jack­son or the play­ers.

You think the Lak­ers have any in­tent of hang­ing with the Heat to se­cure the home-court ad­van­tage through­out the play­offs? Let me help you: No. Ev­ery year the Lak­ers have the tal­ent to win al­most ev­ery game and yet ev­ery year they pace them­selves. And that’s with Jack­son’s ap­proval.

He talks about it all the time. When the Bulls won 72 games, it was the play­ers who went af­ter it — al­most de­fy­ing Jack­son’s wishes.

So what’s the hurry? It’s go­ing to be more than six months be­fore the play­offs be­gin, as good a time as any for Bynum’s re­turn.

Jack­son, true to early-sea­son form, didn’t seem all that both­ered by the news Bynum won’t be ready. Plaschke was more up­set, and you know what he’s like when he’s up­set.

Jack­son said by his cal­cu­la­tions, Bynum’s surgery came 10 days later than what the Lak­ers in­tended.

He said the surgery was more com­pli­cated than any­one had an­tic­i­pated, de­lay­ing the re­cov­ery time. But that would have been the case had Bynum had the surgery right away or waited. So at is­sue here is 10 days.

The way the Lak­ers and Jack­son ap­proach the NBA sea­son in Oc­to­ber, Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, 10 days are noth­ing.

But here I am all stressed out be­cause folks might get down on the kid af­ter read­ing Plaschke.

Maybe it’s just be­cause I’m more in­clined to build peo­ple up rather than tear them down. Take Diane Lane. I pre­fer to dwell on her as­sets and will do so when we get to­gether Mon­day.

I just hope her first ques­tion isn’t, “Where’s Plaschke?”

SO WHAT do you think of my Bru­ins now?

THEY COULD not find a place in the news­pa­per to run a let­ter signed by 11mis­guided souls sup­port­ing Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. But Bill

Shaikin wrote of its con­tents on latimes.com.

Steve Sobo­roff, un­til now con­sid­ered of sound mind, penned the twopage gusher ig­nor­ing the fact the McCourts have been out to lunch since they ar­rived here. Un­doubt­edly an ex­pen­sive lunch with fresh flow­ers nearby.

The let­ter of sup­port is dis­turb­ing be­cause I main­tain McCourt is delu­sional and does not un­der­stand how far he’s fallen here. In part, it’s the fans’ fault, those who stop him and ask for his au­to­graph in Dodger Sta­dium.

It’s shock­ing to learn Sobo­roff also doesn’t get it. In tele­phone dis­cus­sions be­yond the let­ter, he be­lieves Frank is po­si­tioned to be ap­plauded in the next few years if he holds on to own­er­ship of the team.

Sobo­roff has been a long­time Clip­pers’ sea­son-ticket holder, so there were signs some­thing like this could hap­pen.

He was also the driv­ing force be­hind Sta­ples Cen­ter be­ing built down­town, and is known for his big heart.

Now you can add “crack­pot” to his re­sume.

As for the sus­pi­cion McCourt or one of his im­age-mak­ers was be­hind the let­ter, Sobo­roff says he never talked to McCourt.

He sent McCourt the let­ter but never heard back from him. He said a McCourt spokesman replied by pro­vid­ing three of the 11signees, in­clud­ing the co-owner of the Oak­land A’s and the White Sox ex­ec­u­tive who rec­om­mended Chicago trade for Manny

Ramirez.

Sobo­roff claims in the let­ter, McCourt “is far from broke,” and he has the money to field a com­pet­i­tive team next sea­son.

Just as soon as the tooth fairy lo­cates the pil­low be­neath McCourt’s head.

CEN­TER OF AT­TEN­TION:

Robert Gau­thierLos

An­drew Bynum has been crit­i­cized for de­lay­ing knee surgery this sum­mer, but Phil Jack­son isn’t wor­ried.

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