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Bynum will “try” to play for Lakers, Mike Brown says everything is cool

Apr 4, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers coach Brown celebrates with Bynum during their NBA game against Boston Celtics in Los Angeles Reuters

The Lakers survived the Nets — barely — without Andrew Bynum, but the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday would be another matter.

Bynum said Tuesday he would try to go Wednesday despite his sprained ankle, reports Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Ding also adds that Bynum seemed to be walking around fairly well on his ankle Tuesday night.

But of course, that’s not the only issue going on around Andrew Bynum — there is always drama around the Lakers. The latest is Bynum being fined for the team for some immature and insubordinate comments, then not showing up to a meeting with GM Mitch Kupchak to discuss it.

Lakers coach Mike Brown is on the front line of any Bynum issue, and he says he doesn’t have one. Even through Bynum disrespects Brown’s team huddles. Again from Ding at the Register.

“I don’t have a problem with Bynum,” Brown said while fielding a series of questions about Bynum and a perceived lack of professionalism.

Brown said he wasn’t about to “overreact … I’m not about to do that right now.”

But later maybe?

Bynum is going to do what he wants because he has the leverage right now — the Lakers are going to pick up his option for next season ($16.1 million) and after that he becomes a free agent in 2013. The Lakers will try to sign him to a max extension, but Bynum has a lot of leverage here. And things clearly frustrate him

But for now, he’s likely going to go on Wednesday night against the athletic Clippers front line.

  1. boilerup1869 - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Petulant child. Continues to embarrass himself by making these kinds of headlines.

    Hey Bynum, can you maybe play for 80% of that 16 million since you never play in more than 80% of the team’s games every year?

  2. jizzojames - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    I’m no fan of Mike Brown and his mediocre system, but Bynum gets paid TOO MUCH MONEY to “TRY” and play for an organization like the Lakers. He knows they won’t trade him b/c the only other two centers decent enough to make a move for Bynum is D12 (We ALL know that situation), and Marc Gasol who may potentially be untradable. This guy seriously need to grow up!!

  3. lakerluver - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Bynum has the look of a guy who’s beginning to smell his own $hit!! Dude, needs to just play ball before he ends up pouting his way to a losing franchise. Of course then he can get his numbers up!! Maybe that’s what matters most to him.

  4. patsfan15 - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Of course Bynum is to blame here. But none of this stuff happened with Phil. The players don’t respect Brown and for good reason. Even with Bynum having his best season this wouldn’t be an issue with a coach who could control his locker room

  5. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Laker fan here. Bynum needs to grow up. Hubris causes a lot of crap thrown back at you when karma takes its course. Drew, you’re not THAT great yet.

    Not a fan of Brown, but Bynum needs to be more professional.

  6. omniusprime - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    If Bynum doesn’t resign with the Lakers then it had better be Mike Brown who gets axed. No wonder Bynum doesn’t respect brown’s huddles, the fool never calls Bynum’s number for important plays, Kobe does. The Lakers could be better off dumping Brown and letting Kobe be a player coach like Bill Russell did for the Celtics. The Lakers need a real offense and Brown can’t do that for us Laker fans.

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