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Andrew Bynum makes backhanded dig at Lakers fans

Jul 25, 2013, 11:34 AM EST

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Andrew Bynum was introduced as the newest Cavalier and said all the right things — if he is right and Kyrie Irving is right that is a dangerous team. I think we all expect Irving to be right and an All-Star; with Bynum everybody is wait-and-see.

At his introduction Bynum stuck to the company line about how excited he was to be there and the rest (not that he didn’t mean it, but it’s cliché).

Then he was asked about the fans in Cleveland, and he got in a little dig at Lakers (and I guess Sixers) fans (2:30 of the video below, found by SLAM and Beyond the Buzzer).

‘I just know that they’re really, really passionate and I haven’t had the opportunity to play for a city that is really just gonna stand up and really support the team, I’m super excited and I can’t wait to see what it’s like.’”

Really? Lakers fans were pretty supportive of Bynum despite his at times disinterested and petulant attitude toward basketball and the organization. Lakers fans expect a level of professionalism that seemed hit and miss with him.

(What people outside Los Angeles don’t realize is the deep well Lakers fans in the city — the people who show up late and spend the game on their iPhones in the lower bowl are just the trendy fans in the television shot. Los Angeles is filled with mechanics and Thai food cooks and insurance salesmen who are passionate Lakers fans but can only afford to go to a game or two a year. Those people watch every game on television and care about the team, not just being seen at games.)

When Bynum is focused and into it, he is a force. He is also one of the least scripted, more thoughtful guys you can find in a locker room. But that package has come with immaturity, which at time reads as a disinterest in basketball. He doesn’t come off as a guy committed to his career or the game.

But maybe missing the last year and the offers he got this summer — the Cavaliers can cut him in the first months of the season and pay him just $6 million — may have swung that attitude around. We’ll see.

  1. JMClarkent - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    He had a chance to be loved/supported last year but instead chose to bowl/ dance the Fandango.

  2. paleihe - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    This dude was an absolute idiot when he played for the Lakers. When he was on the court and decided to play, he was awesome. This didn’t happen often.

    When he was bored, felt like shooting three’s, and needlessly elbowed people (Beasley, Barea, G Wallace), he was an absolute disaster.

    Glad he’s gone, don’t want him back.

    • spthegr8 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      We like passionate players. Not some big GOOF who is shooting 3’s or not going into the huddle cuz he is pouting or saying how “easy close-out games are” & then getting TORCHED by Javalee McGee. Truth be told he doesn’t even like B-Ball it just his job. Shouldn’t he be bowling or dancing the salsa in stead of rehabbing his knee??? This fool is being paid MILLIONS of $’s & can’t even stay in shape. From the man BOOBS he is sporting now a days, I heard Dan Gilbert had too buy him a whole bunch of Sports bras!!!!

      • spthegr8 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        I’m still SMFH that Bynum had the nerve to talk about passion. Cuz he plays real hard right…???? In ALL his yrs in L.A. I have NEVER & I mean NEVER seen him in an all out sprint down the court!! The NERVE!!!!

      • apkyletexas - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        @spthegr8 – >”We like passionate players.”

        –Yeah, that’s why half of those “passionate Laker fans” are suddenly flying Clipper flags from their cars.

        We’ll see the “passion” this year when the Lakers are again one of the worst teams in the league and Staples Center is 3/4 empty on Laker nights, and standing-room-only on Clipper nights.

  3. bucrightoff - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    My respect for this guy just went way up. Los Angeles and Miami are the two biggest front running citites in America. Arrive late, leave early and care more about being seen than seeing the game. Because traffic is bad, right?

    • aboogy123456 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      that’s not true for lakers fans. There are obviously going to be bandwagon fans but as a whole they are one of the more intelligent and loyal fans in the league. I like seeing them give lamar odom and derek fisher standing ovations when they come back to play them. If it were miami, they probably would not even know who their role players are.

      • stadix093 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Thank you aboogy, I don’t know how people get this idea of arrive late and leaving early for Laker fans. I’ve been to sooooo many games and I can tell you by tip of every single seat is taken and nobody that isn’t 65 or older leaves early. Games are expensive man, you’d be nuts or rich to leave early. Miami games you can see that entire sections of people are not there. I’ve never seen entire sections missing in the 100 section at a Laker game. I could be wrong but that’s what it looks like. I guess I shouldn’t judge because I have not been to multiple heat games, but if you haven’t been to multiple Laker games you can’t judge either. Last thing I will say is that there is a waiting list that you have to be on for years for Lakers season tickets. I’m guessing not every team is that way so there is obviously a lot of passion for the team.

      • whereyaat - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        Gee, then Atlanta, Detroit, Charlotte, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Toronto, New Jersey (formerly), and Milwaukee all must have really horrible traffic, because their fans don’t go to the games at all. Anyone who subscribes to the NBA pass can easily confirm this.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      I don’t think you understand LA. The cheapest Lakers tickets are close to $100, that’s to sit in the very last row. I know for me, that is too expensive to consider going to more than one game a year, especially factoring in the cost that I have to travel from Orange County.

      Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities in the entire world. There are almost 4 million people in the city alone, and there are 22 million people in the Greater Southern California Area. Los Angeles has some areas of incredible wealth (Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hancock Park, Malibu) and some areas of incredible poverty (Watts, East LA, Hacienda Heights, Echo Park). Even just look at the area around Staples Center- Skid Row is just a few blocks away.

      Unfortunately, with the prices the Lakers have, they tend to cater to the wealthier parts of LA. And the problem with that is that many of those wealthy people are not from Los Angeles originally. They do not really care about the Lakers, they are there for the experience, to them it is no different than going to Fogo de Chao.

      But there are so many passionate and loyal fans of the Lakers all across Southern California. Like I said, this is one of the most diverse places in the world and it is absolutely impossible to paint such a broad generalization about this place. Water cooler talk here is all about the Lakers and Dodgers. We do support our team through thick and thin. Any team that has had the fortune of great success like the Lakers have is going to pick up bandwagoners, but those fans are going to follow any team and do not tend to go to games because they don’t even live in LA!

      If you want a true experience of Lakers fans, go to a sports bar during a Lakers game, or listen in on conversations at a diner the morning after a Lakers game. We are very passionate and we love our team.

      Bynum’s dig is unneccessary and frankly rude. Lakers fans supported him even when he was making boneheaded immature mistakes and he was being criticized by fans of other NBA teams. I wish him well in Cleveland, but I’m glad he is no longer on my team.

      • syem626 - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        WTF…. Hacienda Heights is not a poor city. Dont compare it to Watts or East Los.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        woops… meant Boyle Heights!

    • musician0785 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      ^^^^^sounds like a guy jealous that he’s never been anywhere NEAR the city of LA….and has absolutely ZERO knowledge of the sports climate inside the city…..

      • bucrightoff - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        How is it that the Los Angeles Kings make the Stanley Cup Finals last year and somehow they had every seat filled for their 5PM PST starts. Contrast that with the Lakers, who generally have scores of empty seats, mostly the best seats, for their 6PM PST starts when they make the Finals. Maybe that speaks more to the fact hockey fans are the best at supporting their team though (which is the truth)

        Remember when everyone had the USC car flags out like crazy? Like what, 4 years ago? And now its a UCLA town again cause guess who’s pointing up and who’s pointing down? You had not one, but two NFL teams you wouldn’t support (and the NFL should never return, period). A city of nearly 15 million people cannot find enough fans to support one team, yet Green Bay, population 110,000 can have the most loyal fanbase in America, so loyal they buy stock that is worthless. Impressive to say the least (if somewhat moronic)

        Los Angeles fans can always go to the “We have the beach, we have the weather, blah blah blah” as an excuse for poor support. Face it, its a town of star f*******. Of course there are real Laker fans who bleed purple and gold, but unfortunetely for you all when that only makes up between 40 and 60% of your fanbase compared to 70 to 90% for most other teams, you deserve the scorn you get.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        “And now its a UCLA town again cause guess who’s pointing up and who’s pointing down?”

        Um, what?

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        I had a thoughtful, if long, reply to bucrightoff that was apparently not approved. But the upshot is, his comments are painting a broad generalized stroke over a city of 4 million people that happens to be one of the most diverse in the world. Trying to pigeonhole a diverse group of 4 million people is a fool’s errand and his statements are pretty obviously wrong.

    • pclknowledge - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Bucrightoff is an absolute clown. He obviously has never been to LosAngeles. People watch every game on tv – endlessly dissect every game and each player / roster move. Know their basketball and expect winners. There is no other town as knowledgeable about basketball – at least from the guy on the street. New York? Boston? Chicago? Phillie? Houston? You’re kidding me. They have sports and teams that are more important. Bucrightoff quit your sad rehash of sports radio commentary and get a clue – your unoriginal mindless dumps aren’t even criticism of LA for the right sports – that’s cowherd on the nfl. Get a clue buddy.

    • spthegr8 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      @buc
      Cool story, bro!!! Real cool story!!

    • anhdazman - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      This coming from a Cleveland fan who has absolutely no knowledge about a franchise and winning. Calm down, you got damaged goods that you still over paid by 4 millions.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Mr. Bynum, many fans helped pay your salary so I would say thank you for their part in helping you never have to worry about money again and keep your trap shut.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    And if you want to see examples of fans who stand up for their fans, I have seen quite a few Laker luvers on here who will defend their team, sometimes without common sense.

  6. cbrown386 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    He didn’t look too enthusiastic about being a Sixers fan last season.

    • whereyaat - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      You are correct. I think he’s just jealous that us Lakers fans showed up for work last year, whereas he did not.

  7. mickdamill - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    “Lakers fans expect a level of professionalism that seemed hit and miss with him.” You do realize you are talking about the same fans who riot after winning a championship. The sad truth Lakers are going to lose a lot of fans once the start losing games as they are not getting any better.

    • allmyteamsareterrible - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      I am born and raised in Cleveland and that’s not exactly fair. Who knows how we will respond when we win a Championship? Last time we won anything was 1948. I think it’s safe to say when we do win that some people will do things most of us won’t be proud of.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      uhh…no, man. those punks who rioted do not constitute the Laker fan base. even an idiot can see that.

      again…no. the Lakers have maybe the biggest fan base in the NBA. Its the second largest market in the NBA. the lakers have such a grip in LA…it has frightened off NFL teams from coming there because they know that would play second fiddle to them. will the johnny-come-lately fans jump ship? sure…thats expected but every team has those fans.

      • mickdamill - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Just wait for the first year they dont make the playoffs and see how popular the Clippers become.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Clippers have a small niche of dedicated fans. But it’s a small one. People here grew up watching the Lakers with their dad. It’s going to take the Clippers a lot more than one or two good season to overtake the generational ties we have with the Lakers.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        exactly asimonetti88 …yeah, mickdamill…not gonna happen. a good analogy would be the Mets/Yankees. the Mets have had some success…but its a Yankee town. LA is a Laker town. not sure where youre from that mass droves of fans jump off the wagon?

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Los Angeles is not the only place that riots have occured in following a championship victory. It is unfortunate. But there are idiots in every city.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        How come none of my comments that are longer than two lines ever get approved?

  8. steelers4385 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I like the cavs. And i give lakers fans credit forhaving as much patience as they did with this tool

  9. losanginsight - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Yeah, Everyone around the world plans vacations to Cleveland. Paris of the West.

  10. silencegooddoer - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    I think that statement was taken too seriously by the writer. In all sports, the small market blue collar cities all have fans of a higher passion for physical sports. We see this not only in Cleveland; but in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Greenbay/Milwaukee, etc….

  11. allmyteamsareterrible - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    People do not understand how good Cleveland fans are. There are not many cities in this sports world that we live in that live and die with all of their teams like Cleveland. I truly feel like we are one of the best fan bases in all of sports, and I mean that.

    Andrew, you will definitely experience something different in Cleveland than you did in LA…from a fan perspective as well as a media stand point. Welcome to Cleveland. We are thrilled to have you and can’t wait to see you on the court.

  12. themars211 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Is this the same Andrew Bynum who was filmed at the playboy mansion while he was recovering from knee surgery with playboy bunnies on his neck and playing beach volleyball? This could’nt be the same guy right?

  13. dennisund - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Hey Bynum, Sixers fans came out by the thousands for your introductory press conference. You actually talked like you enjoy playing basketball, but then refused to play. Sixers fans are now thankful that they have passionate basketball players, even if they have yet to prove a thing.

  14. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Cavs will beat Knicks in the playoffs

    • cubb1 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Pacers will beat the Cavs.

    • blueballzny - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Thats a fumny comment! The Cavs will be lucky if they are in the playoff hunt. The fact is that the Caves are nothing without LeBron.

  15. patfic15 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Bynum, you d-bag. Get out and earn it. Lazy @$$.

  16. smoothaswilkes - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Meh. The kid said the basically the same thing at his Philly presser. As a Lakers fan, I forgot about him the minute he was traded, which was pretty easy since he didn’t play at all last year.

  17. louhudson23 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    So,apparently we are to be impressed with the fact this guy understands how to sign the back of a check.Bums,well paid or not,are still bums….

  18. somekat - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    You can make a dig, or you can make a backhanded compliment. You can’t make a backhanded dig

  19. sfsugator - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    All seriousness, this guy is a big little kid but he sacrificed his knees which will be shot for the rest of his life. He showed true stones by playing in those playoffs an helping Kobe get his 4th an 5th ring. I give him props for playing D rose didn’t play when his knee was shot jus shows a little intestinal fortitude goes along way.

    • stayhigh_247 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      @sfsugator
      yeah and D Rose is healthy, so you be the dumbass to ruin your knees for any sport. And if his knees dont hold up next season, Bynum is done. “intestinal fortitude”, you sound ridiculous!

  20. somekat - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Technically, he’s only taking a dig at LA fans. He says “I’ve never played for a franchise…………”

    He never actually played for Philly, just got checks from them

  21. chargerdillon - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    As a Laker fan, I have to say I’m very happy for Bynum. We used him for 2 championships and then dumped him before he had absolutely no value.

    Now he can enjoy the rest of his career in medicority in the big flashing lights of……..Cleveland…lol

    I would love to see him bounce back and be a decent player again but he was at best a solid role player on a team stacked with 2 All Stars and other veterans who were examples for him to follow.

    Unfortunately he’s still on the Cav’s and that would indicate he’s there to collect a paycheck, not contend for titles no matter how good he comes back

  22. cubb1 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    It’s been so long since he’s played, he probably forgot that he was on the Lakers.

  23. antistratfordian - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Lakers fans are the worst. Even Jack leaves early if the Lakers are losing.

    But Bynum is right about Cleveland’s fans… they keep the Q rockin’…

  24. Al - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Ridiculous article. He was only stroking his new team’s fans. Plus, there is no doubt that a bunch of crazy folks like us in Cleveland will out-yell the LA crowd. We’re not even proud of it… just more to be angry about in the Midwest and the angst is easily directed toward opponents.

  25. sackings916 - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    What a punk! I’m not a lakers fan at all, but he should thank them everyday for allowing him to play on that team and create a name for himself. If he started out on a crappy team without those old legends working with him on practice he probably wouldn’t be in the league at this point.

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