Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 at 1:34 pm  |  18 responses

Andrew Bynum Working On Boxing During Lockout

With the offseason underway and no promise of basketball for the upcoming year, Lakers center Andrew Bynum is keeping occupied in an unorthodox way: training in a boxing ring. From NESN: “Now that the NBA, like the NFL, is in full-fledged lockout mode, many players are looking for ways to stay busy off the court. It looks like Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has already turned to boxing. Bynum tweeted a picture on Sunday of him working with boxing trainer Freddie Roach, saying that he is working on his ‘new career.’ Bynum is likely joking around about the career move, but the picture with Roach indicates that he is, indeed, training.”

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  • RunNGun

    So instead of throwing illegal elbows, he’ll throw fists at players like Michael Beasley and JJ Barea…

  • tomtom

    @ runngun…HAHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA how witty! Your a very special boy! :)

  • shuref00t

    Legitimate question: does boxing put a heavy strain on your knees, with all the footwork and such? Just wondering in Bynums’ case.

  • bike

    The worst thing about the lockout is now we will be treated to a summer of look at what so and so is doing in the offseason to stay busy.

  • B-More Mike

    If people are implying that Bynum picks on little guys never 4get he stood toe 2 toe with Shaq as a teen so…….

  • Saku 39

    @bike Remember the last NBA lockout? The Shawn Bradley golf photo?

  • amir

    boxing or boxing out?

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    Bynum: “Just wait ’til I see Kobe again…”

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ 1982

    All “Bynum beating up people smaller than him” jokes aside, getting Roach is pretty damn cool.

  • Riggs

    @shuref00t: it depends on the type of boxer you are, bynum would be a bruiser, which will pretty much mean he will hardly move around or chase an opponent. It can still put a strain on his knees because to throw an effective punch you need to use your whole body for momentum. What he SHOULD be doing is going biking everyday, it will help his knees and his stamina.

  • davidR

    riggs & shuref00t:
    just my guess, but i don’t think it should hurt his knees. boxing uses a lot of footwork and requires being light on your feet, so if anything i’d think it would help his knees. the type of training or cardio he does might hurt though, especially if he’s doing a lot of jumping or running

  • angus

    Watch out Michael Beasley and JJ Barea, andrew and his dirty play just got dirtier, and @ B-More Mike, lets not forget Shaq dominating him as a teen, just cuz you jump center against shaq dont mean your handlin him.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Kendall Gill would whup dat a$$

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    good for his footwork

  • O

    It’s crazy how Bynum is considered an “elite” center in the game today. Remember when the elite centers of the league were Ewing, Olajuwon, O’neal, Mourning, Mutumbo and Robinson? Those were some great battles. I’m not into high school or college ball, so anyone know if there’s any TRUE center prospects NBA bound? Just asking.

  • http://need4sheed.com Pistonsfan

    @o not really, they are all a combo of pf/c

  • http://zarky01 zarky

    good to see him training w/ pacquiao’s coach

  • Bart

    Bynum flat out sucks