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Andrew Bynum has taken up boxing this summer

Jul 5, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

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During this lockout, some NBA players are going to get fat. It happened last time with Shawn Kemp and Vin Baker, to name a couple.

It’s not happening to Andrew Bynum. He’s teamed up with legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach and is doing the boxing workout. Here is Bynum’s tweet about his plans for Monday while you were recovering from a weekend hangover.

I got a two a day tomorrow first road work in the morning, then back in the ring in the afternoon! I’m going hard yall!

I’m not sure Bynum is built for boxing (tall boxers generally struggle, Vitali Klitschko at 6’7” is the exception but there are not a lot of fighters over 6’4” or so that have a ton of success). Ed “Too Tall” Jones was 6-0 as a fighter, but really he was better as a Cowboy defensive lineman. That was not a tough lineup he faced. Kind of like Bynum saying he knocked down J.J. Barea.

But at least Bynum is working out and staying in shape. No Kemp here.

  1. palakerfan - Jul 5, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    This is great news for Laker fans everywhere! A healthy, stronger, motivated Bynum will be a sight to see next season.

    • ac0117 - Jul 5, 2011 at 4:12 PM

      His cheap shots will be lethal

  2. SmackSaw - Jul 5, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    As long as Freddie Roach is training him then I won’t worry. Bynum could use the work. I hope his knee holds up.

  3. chargerdillon - Jul 5, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Well after getting owned by JJ Barea and even hacking him to the ground and still getting owned, he figured he better learn to throw a punch the way Artest does.

    The way Bynum played last year I really thought he was going to become a superstar but he did more talking and less showing up in the playoffs than he did in the regular season.

    Bynum is young and the potential is there but im tired of waiting for him to have another knee injury before they finally give up on him. At the same time the only player i’d trade him for is Dwight Howard and the only way that’d happen is if Orland wanted to get something before they end up with nothing.

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