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Kobe Bryant sends mixed messages about Andrew Bynum

Aug 11, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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OK, this is kind of weird. It doesn’t really matter, it’s just kind of weird. Here’s Kobe Bryant‘s message on Facebook to Andrew Bynum on Friday:

I wish nothing but the best for Big Bynum. I hope he follows what was a great season last year with an even better one next year.

via Well, it looks like….

And that’s sweet, right? I mean, that’s a nice, seemingly genuine sentiment towards a young player that Bryant really supported throughout his career. It was baffling last year when Bynum would ignore play sets and ignore huddles, yet Bryant not only didn’t seek out correcting him, but didn’t get angry about it in the press. For a guy that has continually lashed out at teammates for not living up to his high expectations, Bynum always kind of got a pass. So maybe he just has that kind of affection for him. But then, from the New York Daily News, there’s this quote from Bryant after Team USA’s win yesterday:

“The consensus (among his Olympic teammates) was that there was no way we could get Dwight and still keep Pau. They all know what Pau does for us. I said I think we can make it happen, they said no.

“Well, we got Pau for virtually nothing, so history does repeat itself.”

via Kobe Bryant ‘excited’ for Lakers franchise after L.A. lands Dwight Howard in four-team blockbuster trade – NY Daily News.

So Bynum had a “great season” but was “virtually nothing?” How does that work?

Again, it doesn’t matter, it’s just weird. You can make the argument that he’s more referring to the fact that the Lakers didn’t have to give up more than one player, and as there are only maybe two players on the planet better than Howard, that’s a huge win under any lens. But for someone as well-versed in the media as Kobe, we’re used to seeing daggers hidden behind innocuous comments when he talks to reporters. We never really got to understand the Kobe-Bynum relationship, and we probably never will.

Besides, we have a whole new dynamic to try and unravel.

  1. lakerluver - Aug 11, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Why try to “create” controversy when there is none?………@wayne1693–dude, who cares if Bynum’s stats are better than Howard’s next season? Howard’s going to have to share shots with 3 future Hall of Famers. Of course his numbers aren’t going to be what they were in Orlando. On the other hand, Bynum’s numbers should be better now because he will be the 1st option in Philly. My question to you is: what does that have to do with the ultimate goal of winning a championship? The LAKERS play for titles not stats.

  2. mojosmagic - Aug 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Bynum came into the league as a baby, he is still only 24 years old, and as he matures watch out. The Lakers don’t have the time to wait but the Sixers do.

  3. kvanhorn87 - Aug 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Bynum will have much better numbers than Dwight but the lakers will win the championship. I would take that deal any day. -Sixers fan

  4. paulhargis53 - Aug 11, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Nah, Kobe “I won’t come back to score 18ppg” doesn’t play for stats at all.

    Lakerluver, are you not ever on here?!
    By the timestamps, you’re on here like 19 hours a day.

    Dude, get a freaking life!

    • badintent - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:07 AM

      His life is blogging, polishing his Kobe blow up doll and dreaming about sitting next to Jack !

  5. deadeyedesign23 - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    The did give up virtually nothing. They gave up the second best center for the 1st best. If I give someone a 1 dollar bill in exchange for a 5 dollar one I gave up net to nothing for it.

  6. qball82 - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill. Kobe was just commenting that they didn’t have to gut the team to get the best center in the game. They basically traded Bynum for Howard straight when early reports were that the magic wanted Bynum and Gasol. He wasn’t belittling Bynum, he was just saying the Lakers traded their starting center for a better one without having to give up any additional pieces. This is the problem with bloggers trying to be journalists, any whim or thought they have can be turned into a story, facts be damned.

  7. mikedimino - Aug 12, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    It sounds to me that Kobe meant that they didn’t have to give up much when they initially traded for Gasol back in ’07.

  8. jengibre23 - Aug 12, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    He’s talking about what they traded for pau you dumbass

  9. Mr. Jones - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Reblogged this on Sports w/ KJ.

  10. unxpexted1 - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    I am surprised at the lack of public verbal bashing of Bynum as he does Pau. Maybe he knows how to motivate Pau, but as adamant as he was about trading Bynum early in his career, i’m surprised that he has rarely had anything negative to say to Bynum and his antics. I think Kobe actually likes his cockiness.

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