Andrew Bynum’s suspension has given new life to allegations the big fella simply doesn’t enjoy playing and training for basketball all that much. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bynum’s old mentor during his Laker days, weighed in. As did Phil Jackson:
I believe Andrew has always had the potential to help a team when he puts his heart into it. He just doesn’t seem to be consistent with his commitment to the game. That can lead to alot of frustration for any team that has signed him.
When I worked with Andrew I found him to be bright & hardworking but I think he got bored with the repetitive nature of working on basketball fundamentals day in and day out… but they are the keys to long term success.
In my opinion Andrew is the type of person who walks to the beat of “a different drummer”. So we won’t know the facts until Andrew decides to tell us what actually is the issue and shares his thoughts.
I’m reluctant to judge ABynum’s bball intent. He is a man of many interests and has a life outside of bb, but he does like to compete.
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) December 29, 2013