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Former teammate says no one likes basketball less than Andrew Bynum

Nov 20, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

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Things haven’t been going well for Andrew Bynum since joining the Sixers. He has yet to make his debut for the team thanks to a bone bruise in his knee, and his timetable to return seems to be getting continually pushed back.

And then there was the bowling.

When star athletes struggle like this in a new city, even under legitimate circumstances like the original injury, local media tends to pile on. Philadelphia is no different, and might even be tougher on its athletes than most.

So with that in mind, we bring you this wonderful snippet from CBSPhilly.com, where SLAM Magazine’s Tzvi Twersky shared what he heard from one of Bynum’s former teammates.

“I started investigating [the bowling] a little bit,” Twersky said. “And one of the people that I hit, a guy who has played with him before, he texted me back and said ‘I don’t know if that’s true [the bowling], but I do know that I’ve never met another player in the league who likes basketball less [than Bynum].”

“The disclaimer is, I don’t know Andrew like that. From what I hear, he’s a good guy,” Twersky said. “But the fact that I heard this from a guy who has played with him before, it kind of made me think, ‘what’s going on here exactly?’ That’s not the kind of a guy that I necessarily want to be maxing out.”

Welp.

Obviously, a player’s drive and motivation to perform on the court are extremely important factors in his success, and something that the fans look to as much as anything when trying to evaluate someone new to the organization.

The good news for Bynum is, all he has to do is play like he cares, and like the All-Star he was last season in Los Angeles for all the negativity to disappear. Just don’t expect that to happen until he actually makes his way back to the court — a date which continues to be a question mark.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    & No (liked) football less then Jamarcus Russell.

    • zerole00 - Nov 20, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Albert Haynesworth?

    • omniusprime - Nov 22, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      Todd Marinovich! Man Jerky Boy Russell was a total flake and unfortunately a Raider.

  2. losangelesfan - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    I’ve known that since 2006. Good luck Philly. You might as well start booing him now.

    • 1historian - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      As a Celtics’ fan I am supposed to hate the 6ers, which I do, but you guys aren’t supposed to make it so easy.

  3. monkeyhateclean - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    How about a moratorium on reporting or publishing comments made by anonymous sources? If you aren’t willing to own what you say, there’s no reason to believe you.

  4. nagidac - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I’d throw Lamar Odom up against Bynum in a who cares less about basketball contest.

    • bigtganks - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Ostertag hated playing ball…

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM

      Billy Owens is at the top of the list. The guy had the ability to be another Magic Johnson.

    • saint1997 - Nov 21, 2012 at 5:04 AM

      Unfortunately we’d never know who would win, none of them would want to play…

  5. pacific123ocean - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Here we go again with the unnamed source. PLEASE stop with this garbage! If the source will not give his name, do not publish the statement

  6. echech88 - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    I know it doesn’t apply to all players but Bynum sure is an example of how becoming a professional at age 17 really hurt his growth as a person.

    Even last year he was still pulling the bratty teenager act of making it clear he didn’t care whenever he was having a terrible game. The guy never learned to take pride in his work because he never learned to respect or appreciate it.

    • zackd2 - Nov 20, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      Kenyon Martin went to college for 4 years and was 23 when he was a rookie, and he acted like a bratty teenager for a decade.

      • monkeyhateclean - Nov 20, 2012 at 8:15 PM

        Conversely, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett skipped college and went straight to the NBA at 18, and some might question their maturity, no one can question their passion for the game, and their drive to be the best.

  7. fmlizard - Nov 20, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Not saying it is true or it isn’t – have no idea – but guys like Bynum fit the profile of someone who might just play the game because he is supremely physically talented for it and it has always made him a bunch of friends, fans, and money to do it.

    There’s people in all walks of life who are good at their jobs but don’t necessarily love them.

  8. bjtmeyer - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    No one care more about their hair than…you guessed it….Andrew Bynum.

  9. loungefly74 - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    (as a Laker fan)…i’m happy with the time he had in LaLaLand…but i’m cool that he moved on (because we got D12)….hmmm…an analogy would be that ex girlfriend who you partied with and had great times…but eventually dumped…and then started dating the college-grad hottie. hehe…

  10. phaden27 - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    So you can call the person who did the story a source, even though the real source is unnamed.
    “Sources with someone extremely close to Woods says he’s struggling.”
    Thanks Dan Patrick.

  11. xmatt0926x - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Derrick Coleman. You could just see it in his eyes that he never really wanted to be there. That guy could have been an all timer if he liked the game more.

  12. fanz928 - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    No offense to any gm but you are going to max him out because he would either make you or break you

  13. glink123 - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    like I said before, this bum is the second coming of Eddy Curry.

    • badintent - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      You mean Kwane Brown.That boy has so much dog in him , he needs a leash.

      I’m Kobe Byrant and I approved this message

  14. abchome - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    It’s not surprising. Something you love as a hobby, you may hate it as a job when it becomes a disciplined and demanding duty.

  15. progress2011 - Nov 21, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    Joe Johnson verbally told the fans in Atlanta, on a regular basis, he didn’t care …..Then commenced to go out on the court and show them.

    Joe makes more than LBJ and Durant but I watched the game against the lakers the other night and dude played like an unskilled player, coming off the bench who lacks confidence !

    As opposed to the #1 or #2 option money he is making.

    Based on his Performance and Comments from his own mouth (not rumors like this article) I put Joe at the front of the ” I don’t care about BBall” Special Ed. Class !

  16. thelakeshow562 - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    and its because of things like this why im glad he not a Laker no more would trade him again for Dwight any day if the week ever cents Dallas knocked us out 2 years back and him and Odom both where ejected for not knowing how to lose like a champion….. we are 16x world champions LAKERS we are better then that

  17. mclayton31 - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Well said. Thought that was a pure punk move that year

  18. sdlakerfan - Nov 21, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Oh great, let’s write an article about what some nameless gossipy cowardly co-worker says about the guy after he’s gone. How would any of you like to have your career defined by one of these classless idiots?

    And he was an immature punk sometimes…especially when he cared so much about winning and he didn’t. Saw him play with fire in his belly many times. He was developing well with great fundamentals. Just doesn’t have a body that’s going to hold up.

  19. omniusprime - Nov 22, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Totally bad reporting since the cowardly former team mate of Andrew’s was too cowardly to say it loud and proud and take the credit. So I’d ignore the rantings of a total coward and loser like the cowardly whisperer. Philly fans get used to Bynum taking time to heal, learn what us Laker fans did and you won’t be so freaked out. Give Bynum a chance, he’s really a good player, when he’s not injured that is. Even when injured he plays tough when the playoffs are on.

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