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Andrew Bynum has very little respect for Mike Brown’s… huddles

Apr 1, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

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Andrew Bynum had the big blow-up with Mike Brown a few weeks ago where he tossed up a three, and then pouted about being benched for the three and poor defensive rotations. And on Sunday, after a disappointing win, if there is such a thing, over the New Orleans Hornets, reporters asked Bynum about Mike Brown’s timeouts. Bynum… well… from the Los Angeles Times:

Kobe Bryant missed his first 15 shots, and so a reporter asked Bynum what Kobe was like in the huddle during timeouts?

“I don’t know,” Bynum said with his characteristic cavalier attitude. “I don’t take part in the huddles.”

Another reporter reacted with disbelief, asking why not.

“I’m resting,” Bynum said. “Getting my Zen on.”

via Lakers need a tuneup, but are they tuning out Coach Mike Brown? – latimes.com.

That’s a pretty clear jab about Phil Jackson being better than Brown.

Bynum is a child. He’s still a child, he’s been one for the entirety of his career. From the three-pointers, to the approach to rehab from injuries, to huddles and flagrant fouls, he continues to show a lack of maturity. Great player, second-best center in the league. But there’s something to be said for professionalism. When the Lakers turn to Bynum in a few years as the franchise player, what’s going to be the result without Kobe Bryant’s firm hand or Pau Gasol‘s professionalism? Bynum doesn’t like Brown? Fine. Most reporters and fans don’t either. Kobe Bryant clearly isn’t thrilled, either.

But he should be in the huddles, he should be engaged, he should be putting up a front for the media. The Lakers need everyone to circle the wagons. Whether he likes Brown or not, he needs to protect him as a part of his job, not throw him under the bus. The article also talks about Brown having to try three times to get Bynum’s attention. That should never happen. This is what the Lakers have married themselves to. Hope the dunks are worth it.

  1. cosanostra71 - Apr 1, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Let me preface this by saying I’m a fan of Bynum, but I’m tired of people pulling out the “he’s only 24″ card. I’m also 24, and I think he’s an immature brat a lot of times. He needs to grow the eff up seriously. We all have had a boss we didn’t like, but you don’t just completely ignore them and undermine their authority like that.

    • conjecture101 - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:12 PM

      The difference is, he makes millions more than his boss. If you were making more than your boss, then you might think differently. Especially if that boss took over for the best boss of all time.

  2. grimreeper - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Bynum sorry as hell anyway who gives a f**k how he acts! Dont like him are the lakers who dat!!!! Don’t like them either!!!!

    • chuckj1234 - Apr 1, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      Where in the hell are you from? South central LA.? Don’t like him are the lakers who dat!!!! Stay where you are and no one will be hurt grimreeper.

  3. Hope Wabuke - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    I too have been noticing Bynum’s immaturity and written about how it makes a difference in his gamesmanship. He is a great talent–physical attributes, sophisticated movement and ability–but this is such a mental game. Just watching how engaged and focused Sessions is –how much that has made a difference to the game rhythm–has been really makes the low level of effort Bynum has been putting in clear. He’s been scoring, but his leadership and spirit as the future of the Lakers?
    Think back to what Fisher and Bryant were like at 24. What MJ was like.
    And I wonder, with Fisher gone, how the Lakers will deal with the growing dissension being propelled by Bynum’s polarization…especially when Bynum needs to perform in a major way as we get closer to the playoffs. Consistently.

  4. jthammerstix - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Well said grimreeper.

  5. cordae - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    This guy has issues. It seems like every year he goes out of his way to be known for something negative. It sucks because the more physical brilliance he show’s, the more mental ignorance that comes along with it. If he isnt injured he’s trying to injure someone when he loses his head, as if that weren’t enough now he’s showing how big of a baby he is OFF the court during post game confrences. I’m 21 and I have more common sense in my left thumb than this guy.

  6. icantball - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Cavalier is the perfect word for him. Been three feet taller than everyone most of his life always excelled at ball joined the league super young making millions with the biggest team in the league…guy has never had to grow up.

    And n

  7. icantball - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Cavalier is the perfect word for him.

    Been three feet taller than everyone most of his life always excelled at ball joined the league super young making millions with the biggest team in the league…guy has never had to grow up.

    And now that it looks like the injuries are behind him and he’s starting to play up to his potential, it unfortunately does not seem like he will have to grow up anytime soon…hence, being relegated to second best center in the league status.

  8. africanballer - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    ‘……in a few years as the franchise player, what’s going to be the result without Kobe Bryant’s firm hand or….’

    i appreciate the young fella’s game but with this kind of attitude he won’t last very long when kobe’s gone

  9. vikingsinla - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Sorry, but in the NBA, only very select coaches trump players. Brown is not, and never will be, one of those coaches.

    When Kobe retires/becomes a 2nd tier player, Bynum will be the only player who’s opinion matters on the Lakers, and Brown will be quickly and easily replaced with a coach Bynum will respect.

    If you disagree, you simply don’t understand how the NBA works.

    • crafttractor1234 - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      That may be how the NBA works, but it’s a big part of why the modern NBA sucks. Player trumps coach, player trumps team. Overgrown man-children who have been stroked since they were little boys playing AAU ball. They have absolutely no phucking clue what real life is all about, nor do they respect anything except for the overstuffed, over-primped peacocks they see in the mirror when they get up in the morning. Hopefully young Buss will cut this cancer out from the Lakers as soon as possible. I would LOVE to see David Stern retire and the next commissioner take the league back from these pimps, punks and their agents. I want to see TEAMS promoted, teams exaulted, organizations as king, not punk rats with no connection to real society running the show. Until then, the NBA can rot. Phuck them.

  10. urodaddy07 - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Bynum’s talents and athleticism are overstated. He is slow and pedantic. If you observe him with the ball in the post it’s almost like watching grass grow. His moves are telegraphed and at 24 years old I expect a lot more quickness. Compare him to a young Shaq, for example. He also does not handle double tems well. Bynum produces due to his sheer size. Sure he’s got some talent, but great he ain’t. I don’t think, with his propensity for injury, his mental lapses and his “Dikembe-like” post moves, that he has much longevity as a top tier big man. I am not trying to tear the young man down, but under an objective light, he just does not stack up or compare to the great big men.

  11. urodaddy07 - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Would seriously advise LA to seek an early trade

  12. MightyMoonWorm - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Hmm. Sounds like there’s not enough torso crushing in these huddles.

  13. dadeyemi - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I went to college with a guy who used to get stuffed into lockers by Bynum. literally. he’s always been a dick, and his career will suffer in the long run because of it.

    • tsi431 - Apr 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      Yea, he sure is suffering. $30 million plus between this year and next. If his career ended today, you could not call it suffering.

      All this article shows is that he wasn’t pouting last week after his benching. He never goes into the huddles either way. All reporter hype.

    • losangelasbasketball - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      O’Doyle Rules….

  14. mrlitl - Apr 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Bynum is a d**khead. I’d say he’s becoming the NBAs version of T.O. But I actually like T.O. too much to say that.

  15. ajpurp - Apr 1, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Yeah tons of money means a whole lot without maturity…just ask Allen iverson and Latrell Spreewell

    • chuckj1234 - Apr 1, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      And they are enjoying their retirement in some tropical island. No cares in the world.

  16. glink123 - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    I gotta admit, I agree 100 percent with Matt Moore on this one. Dude nailed it.

  17. conjecture101 - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Andrew Bynum owes you nothing! Don’t call a grown man a child. Huddles are for children. This is professional sports, not little league. the NBA is free from all the fabricated nonsense about how coaches want to build character and make great men and husbands out of young kids. It’s all a front. It’s about the bottom line. wins and money. Bynum helps you win, therefore he makes money. Cut the charade, huddles for people who are not currently in the game are for kids. Get over it!

  18. capsfan19 - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Grew up in LA was real big into NBA and the lakers but after constant shenanigans like this it’s really turning off alot of people to the league.

  19. jimsjam33 - Apr 2, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    The Lakers are going no where with Bynum . Good trade bait . How about Bynum for the first pick in the lottery draft . Anthony Davis ?

  20. jagwar73 - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    I want Orlando to trade Dwight Howard for the rights to UKs Anthony Davis!

  21. anhdazman - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    Lakers should have traded this headcase when his stocks were high. He’s going to be a cancer and his knees and injuries are a major concern. Injury ticking time bomb just waiting to explode. When the Lakers think they’ll have to lean on him once Kobe is no longer the star, Bynum will collapse under the pressure.

  22. debbigyllenor - Apr 2, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Yes, Bynum is an immature child… but I miss Phil too…

  23. loungefly74 - Apr 2, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Kobe Bryant missed his first 15 shots, and so a reporter asked Bynum what Kobe was like in the huddle during timeouts?
    “I don’t know,” Bynum said with his characteristic cavalier attitude. “I don’t take part in the huddles.”
    Another reporter reacted with disbelief, asking why not.
    “I’m resting,” Bynum said. “Getting my Zen on.”
    —————————————————————————————————————————–
    so…alright, i’m immature as well because i don’t find his response that bad. let’s break it down:

    the question asked was “loaded’. bynum dodged the question where any answer would have been just bad. ya know kobe was probably in that “leave me be…” state. why make it a bigger issue? his response, obviously a jab at earlier reports of him and brown not seeing eye to eye. yeah, it was a smart-a$$ reply but i’m alright with that. how about that reporter go ask that question to kobe himself. huh, i wonder if people would have been ticked if someone like Barkley said that….i liked the “Zen” quote. hey, another clever jab back at the reporter. what does this reporter want…some sappy story of how they all held hands and prayed to the basketball gods? yeah…gimme all thumb downs. i’m with bynum on this. the guy has 2 titles…he gets a pass. i bet those reporters went home and cried to mama…”ohhhh andrew was sooo mean to me! boo hoo boo hoo!”

  24. omniusprime - Apr 2, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Bynum’s lack of respect for Mike Brown’s huddles shows how incompetent he is as a coach. I’m glad that Bynum is getting his Zen on during Brown’s huddles, shows that someone there still respects Phil Jackson. I just hope that Mike Brown is given his exit pass soon or Kobe can kiss off ever winning another ring.

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