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Andrew Bynum has advice for Dwight Howard: Get used to not touching the ball with Kobe around

Dec 17, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum AP

Dwight Howard tried to avoid talking about Andrew Bynum when the topic came up, and what he did say what right out of the “NBA cliché handbook.”

Bynum on the other hand had no problem talking about Howard and the Lakers.

He says he understands Howard’s challenges, because it’s not easy getting used to playing next to Kobe Bryant. It’s the kind of thing that could stunt a players growth. From

“I think Dwight’s a great player, but he’s going to have to get accustomed to playing with Kobe obviously, and not touching the ball every single play,” Bynum said…

“Later I thought I was able to get the ball more and do more things with the ball, so I could definitely see how at the end it could stunt growth,” Bynum said. “Winning championships there was fun. But obviously my time there is done. Health is the main concern with me now.

“I don’t regret anything. Personally, they traded No. 1 for No. 2 and that is what happened.”

Bynum’s not wrong, this season will be an adjustment for Howard. His points per game is down two from last season, which not so coincidentally is how many fewer shots a game Howard is getting this season over last.

Howard would happily make that sacrifice if it meant winning games, and eventually playoff games. So far it really hasn’t. When Steve Nash and Pau Gasol return to the Lakers lineup — both of which could happen this week — the Lakers are going to look to Howard to won the boards and the defensive paint, then get his points. How much he’s willing to make that sacrifice may depend on wins.

As for Bynum, he just needs to get on the court. He has long thought he should get more touches in the Lakers offense, that he should be more of a focal point. He’s got that now. He’s the man. Well, he will be once he gets on the court. Which is part o the reason the Lakers were willing, even eager, to make this trade.

  1. loungefly74 - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    well…it shouldn’t have come to a surprise that Kobe shoots a lot, i’m sure Dwight knew that coming in. AB is just sounding like a jilted ex girlfriend…and AB, we love ya, man…but go do your own thing now. also, talking smack while riding the pine with injuries is not the best time. hey…if the Lakers start winning…all is forgiven.

  2. ebrownwareagle - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Listen to Bynum if you want to D12! Ole Mr. “Yeah it was Great Winning Rings” but ” It stunted my Growth.” And you’ll be in worse shape(no pun intended bad back). Bynum that Sh**ty A&# attitude to go along with you only made it thru 2SEASONS SLIGHTLY HEALTHY stunted your growth brother! And Cut of that ugly A#$ Afro. You like the Love Child of Ike Turner and Sam Perkins minus the shades and guitar!

    • shockexchange - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      If D12 doesn’t listen to Bynum, the Shock Exchange thinks he should at least hear Glen Rice’s side of the story.

      • loungefly74 - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

        didnt glen nail palin? oh yeah!

  3. magicbucs - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Lakers still suck….

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 18, 2012 at 1:58 AM

      So do the Magic…and the Bucs!!!

  4. omniusprime - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    That must be Bynum’s brains growing out through the top of his skull to say such an ignorant thing about Kobe ball hogging. The problem is that when the rest of the team doesn’t step up their game Kobe takes charge. Part of the problem is a lame coach who doesn’t know anything but giving the ball to the star player and letting him shoot lights out. Clueless Clown Brown and Dumbtoni have given the Lakers no good offensive system whereby there is proper ball and player movement.

    Howard needs to step his game up, make free throws near the end of games. Bynum should remember that it is his damaged knees that have stunted his growth as a basketball player, not Kobe. Bynum has two championship rings thanks to Kobe and Phil.

    Go Kobe!!! Go Lakers!!!

  5. abchome - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Kobe had told Howard he would be the 3rd option when Kobe “recruited” Howard last year. For that matter, Kobe is undoubtedly a man of words.

    • skids003 - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      Actually, he is the 4th option. Kobe is the first, second, and third option.

      • cantonbound13 - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        It got him 5 rings

      • skids003 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        No, actually, playing with Shaq and other players got him 5 rings.

      • badintent - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        Well Said ! Funny !

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:27 AM

        Just like Pippen, Steve Kerr, Bill Wennington and others got Jordan his 6.

    • progress2011 - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM


      kobe did tell Dwight Howard that he would be the 3rd option. Which is why Dwight fought so hard, not to go to the lakers.
      Also kobes lack of FUNDAMENTALS will be why D12 will exit, on the first plane out of l.a., when they get ousted in the first round of the playoffs……IF, IF, IF they make the playoffs.

      NOT cantonbound,

      you speak of kobe’s five rings, as if he was THE MAN (like MJ was) on all 5. HE WASN”T !!!

      I know faker dementia kicked in on you but he was Shaq’s side-kick (aka Scotty Pippen to MJ) on 3.
      Then he choked on 1, against Boston and started pouting, when it looked like they would lose, so Gasol had to win the game.
      If you just want to throw out the number of rings players have in recent memory….Robert Horry has 7 !

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:37 AM

        If you don’t think Kobe has fundementals mastered then you either have NEVER seen a Laker game in your life and just enjoy trolling your little heart out, or your beyond unqualified to ever speak on NBA related.

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:39 AM


      • progress2011 - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        No Rot-Gut Maltliquor for me today please !

        Go sip your “Siz-urp” and leave rational talk to the “Sober Adults” !!!

    • progress2011 - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Drunk folk always blabbering,

      Jordan was UNDENIABLY “THE MAN” for ALL 6 of his !

      kobe rode Shaq’s coat-tail and washed his j@ck, after each game …..ahahahaha

      Big difference….as I previously mentioned….Robert Horry has 7, so kobe has more common ground with him because they both were just “CONTRIBUTORS” !!!

      SHAQ like MJ were “THE MAN” !!!!

  6. manchestermiracle - Dec 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    I wonder if Bynum had gotten more touches on offense he would have grown more. As in, grown up more. Perhaps more touches on offense would have kept him from parking in spaces for the handicapped and prevented him from giving Jose Barea that forearm shiver….Right? Because a couple of rings and a max contract sure hasn’t done the trick.

  7. savvybynature - Dec 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Traded #1 for #2?

    Bynum’s knee medication must be going to his head because the NBA’s best center, Tyson Chandler, wasn’t involved in any trades this past summer.

    • scalfor3 - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM


      Don’t get me wrong, I love Chandler, but his offensive game consists only of pick and rolls to the rim and put-back dunks. He’s not the best center in the league.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      I’m a Knick fan & I wouldn’t say Chandler is the best center. He gives great effort & energy, especially defensively but doesn’t have a post game. Fortunately, he is the perfect fit for NY & has been amazing.
      I don’t thing there are any great complete centers, like the days of Olajuwon, Ewing, Robinson & Shaq. That’s why teams can play small ball & be successful.

    • savvybynature - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      I am not a Knicks fan, but I am a fan of great defense, and Chandler brings it every night.

      I know most fans have been programmed to think offense is all that matters and defense and rebounding are irrelevant compared to highlight dunks, but they have it backwards. Highlight dunks don’t win championships.

      Please enlighten me as to who the best true center is this season? It ain’t D12 or Bynum. Duncan? Do you consider him a PF or a C? Marc Gasol is very underrated imo, and might be in the conversation, but other than that who?

      • cantonbound13 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        If I has to win one game, I would chose Duncan. If I was building a team it would be Howard, with Chandler a close second.

      • scalfor3 - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:12 AM

        Duncan and Marc Gasol. Then you have Chandler. DeAndre Jordan is threatening if he can keep this up.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:42 AM

      I don’t know if there’s any bigger Tyson Chandler fan out there then me (minus his friends and family maybe), but you are on a good one if you think he is the best C in the game.

  8. discostu1233 - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Andrew doesn t grow up beacause he is always injured and beacause he never cared about it.. Always more concerned in other matters

  9. danielao214 - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Reblogged this on Daniel's Word.

  10. hoodheisman - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    It still hasn’t occurred to Bynum that defense wins championships. If Bynum wanted the ball more, rebounding and blocking shots would have been a start.

  11. MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    You know as it stands Manute Bol has better numbers as a Sixer than Bynum?

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      As it stands now, a Philly ball boy has better numbers than Bynum. You have to actually get on the court to have any numbers at all.

  12. cantonbound13 - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Hey Sixer fans, don’t expect effort every game from Bynam.

  13. yousuxxors - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    If he only cared and healthy he could be the best in the league. I think him being the focal point in philly will actually do good for him if he ever gets on the court. Those are big IFs though. As a knick fan i love chandler and the intanglies he brings to the team. Hes the best defensive center in the league in my opinion but his offensive game is so limited. I do have to give him credit though … He knows what hes good at and only does that making him one of the most efficient players ever. If he only ever learned a post game.

  14. progress2011 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Add Bynum to the list of GROWING folk that understand “FUNDAMENTAL” basketball and know that kobe is a cancer to “TEAM BALL”.

    I’m sure there are more HOF and future HOF players and coaches that have complained but here’s my list.

    1. Phil Jackson (read his book)
    2. Shaq (the MVP of the first 3 chips, where kobe was his side-kick).
    3. Robert Horry (7 Chips on his record)
    4. Karl Malone
    5. Gary Payton
    6. Rick Fox
    7. Derrick Fisher
    8. Charles Barkley
    9. Gregg Popovich (a FUNDAMENTAL basketball genius)
    10. Pat Riley (HOF inductee 2008 and another FUNDAMENTAL basketball genius)

    His legacy will be a “GOOD VOLUME SHOOTER” and the root cause of continual controversy on EVERY TEAM the lakers rolled out !!!

    Not to mention his indiscretions off the court !

    • aboogy123456 - Dec 17, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      People keep pointing to Phil’s book for a criticism on Kobe constantly, try coming up with something else. I’m sure Phil would highly disagree with your comment that kobe is any sort of cancer to team ball.

      • progress2011 - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:21 PM

        boogy (what grown man would come up with such a name….gotta be a 13yr old kid)

        Phil in fact wrote in his book a number of references, detailing why kobe is not fundamentally astute and a selfish player, who often refuses to listen to instruction.

        So, your comment “Phil would highly disagree”……how would that be possible, when he wrote it.
        That would mean, he disagrees with himself ….that’s not logical !!!

        Please stop blogging and go get Yo Momma to help with your home work…..stay in school too!

  15. dysraw1 - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    when you are a big who plays with volume shooter you should learn to work on your offensive rebounding. by doing so you can still be contributor

  16. jikkle49 - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Stunted your growth?

    I thought you told Kareem you didn’t need his help anymore because you knew everything?

  17. ebrownwareagle - Dec 17, 2012 at 3:05 PM


    With your logic Robert Horry is better than Jordan!

    • progress2011 - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM

      war chicken….

      I’m convinced you are functionally illiterate or you can’t comprehend, what you attempt to read.

      Faker fans always throw around the number of rings kobe has, as if he is close to MJ in any way!

      So, it’s not my logic.

      I mentioned the number of rings Robert Horry has, to help fakers comprehend that the number of rings kobe has, does not put him in MJs stratosphere !

      Ask Yo Momma to interpret what the adults in the room write. It’s embarrassing to have to keep breaking down BASIC conversations with you.

  18. aboogy123456 - Dec 17, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Kobe’s advice to the 76ers: Get used to some weird 7 foot tall pimp sitting on your bench the whole season.

  19. e39er - Dec 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    @progress2011 your logic has a huge hole, you act like Jordan won all his championships with a sidekick of Pippen who you compare Kobe to instead of actually putting Kobe vs Jordan, i’ll admit Kobe isn’t Jordan but he damn sure can be in the conversation,

    lets look at Pippen, who in fact is more like a LeBron type of player, a athletic forward who can do everything from offense to guarding the quick guards/wings your argument on Horry being a better than Kobe also belongs in the trash,

    Horry is a strech 4 a la Anderson type of player today, he has averages in rebounding and defense but hes a big who can stretch the floor and shoot the 3, his type of skills is perfect during the Lakers championship runs but the team often masks his weakness, power forwards of the day regularly punish him aka Duncan, but when you put him next to Shaw it allows him to play weak defense when Shaw is patroling the rim against traditional forwards like Duncan, please i’m not a fan of Kobe chuckin shots left and right but lets be real the man has 5 rings regardless of who his teammates are, basketball is a game of 5 on 5

    • e39er - Dec 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      Shaw = Shaq*

    • progress2011 - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM

      That’s a loooooong diatribe of HOT GABBAGE (garbage for Nerds). Re-read my post until you understand or your eyes bleed.

      All the dorks write me a check for my services, I will continue to educate you, since Yo Pappy didn’t.

  20. phillyphannn83 - Dec 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    funny thing is, the Lakers are 0-the season in games Kobe scores 35+ and their winning percentage gets better the less Kobe scores. Say want you want but Bynum is right. Kobe needs to be more of a team player if he wants to win.

    • money2long - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM

      people always bring up that stat.
      which is sorta annoying.

      those same people bringing up those stats are mostly the haters who don’t watch the games, yet love to perpetuate all the negative accusations connected to kobe.
      most times, kobe shoots more because the rest of the team is sucking…and kobe imposes his will on the game shooting in bunches at certain points later in the game, or if he is clearly hot in the 1st halves of games which lead to bloating up his fg’s attempted.

      also, consider kobe is usually the go to guy in 4th qtr’s also driving up his attempts.

      ppl who bring up that crazy stat which you did, want to believe kobe plays like a shooting, jacking nut, forcing up shots like a maniac throughout the course of the 48 minute game, or however long he is out there.

      here’s some advice.

      watch the games, actually sit down and watch them, and notice HOW he is getting those attempts. sometimes in crunch time, he is even looking to draw a foul, and throws up a crazy shot to sell, when not called it just adds to the attempts.

      key is, when the lakers teammates are bricking and playing timid, kobe uses his best skill of scoring and sometimes he is able to get off 5 attempts in rapid fashion. just watch the game. stats never tell the whole story. and that stat you brought up is exhibit A.

      • scalfor3 - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:18 AM

        kobe takes a ton of bad, contested shots. he’s good enough to make some of them, but they are still fundamentally poor plays.

      • money2long - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM

        um, were we talking about the amount of attempts he takes or the quality of attempts he takes? because i was talking about the amount, so your response is pretty irrelevant. but to respond to your off topic rebuttal, all great two guards take bad shots. it’s what happens when you are creative and have the defense dreaming about stopping you. even jordan. but alotta ppl wouldn’t remember that because twitter wasn’t around during his time, so the masses weren’t talking about his attempts after every game. we just got the highlights of his good stuff.

      • aboogy123456 - Dec 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        Thank you! I try to explain this same point but you said it much better. There’s so much more to basketball than the box score, this isn’t baseball.

  21. theshuttlesworthsociety - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Bynum really got carried away here. Not only is the timing of these statements bad, but I think he’s going rub people the wrong way and look pretty stupid by saying he’s better than Dwight Howard. The argument could have been made last season, but the dude hasn’t even taken the court this year. He also looks pretty silly commenting on that awful bench that torched his Sixers. I wrote more about it on my blog that I recently started, I’d really appreciate if anyone had a quick read and left some feedback. I hope I’m not coming off as a spambot, just trying to garner some attention for my writing while I leave my thoughts on the matter! Thanks guys.

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