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Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  18 responses

Andrew Bynum Reminds Kobe Bryant of a Young Kobe Bryant


A few folks on the Lakers on were amused by Andrew Bynum’s sudden desire to start shooting threes — Metta World Peace, for instance. Kobe Bryant didn’t think it was a big deal, and indicated that he thought Mike Brown overreacted to the whole thing last night. From the OC Register: “I asked Kobe Bryant what he thought about Andrew Bynum launching that 3-pointer that got him benched by Lakers coach Mike Brown on Tuesday night. ‘I think he was testing the limits of his game,’ Bryant said. [...] ‘It’s somewhat amusing to me, because in some ways the edginess and the chippiness of him make it easy for me to relate to him – because I had some of that when I was young,’ Bryant, 33, said about Bynum, 24. ‘So, it’s easy for me to see where he’s coming from. I understand where he’s coming from. And the first thing you want to do if you want to get the best out of somebody or the best out of your players is you have to understand what they’re feeling; you have to understand where they’re coming from and what they want to accomplish. That’s why it’s not that big a deal to me. You don’t see me sitting here trippin’ or sweatin’ or anything like that. I’ve been there.’ [...] ‘They have a lot of youth,’ Bryant said about the Lakers’ coaches. ‘They’re not used to dealing with players of Drew’s ambition, I’m sure, at this stage of his career. I was in that position, and obviously I have a lot of experience in dealing with myself – and playing with Shaquille when Shaquille was young and being mentored by Phil (Jackson) and things like that. So nothing really rattles me.’ [...] ‘To me, everybody kind of frowned when he was shooting that turnaround jumper in the post,’ Bryant said. ‘And now people aren’t frowning anymore because he’s making it. Obviously the coaching staff is not used to seeing Drew pull up at the top of the key and take a 3-pointer. I’m sure Drew won’t take many of them. He just tried one tonight.’”

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  • KidCongo

    ‘They’re not used to dealing with players of Drew’s ambition, I’m sure, at this stage of his career.’ Wait, didn’t Brown coach somebody named Lebron James at some stage?

  • thetalkingcomb

    Kobe Bryant reminds me of a young Kobe Bryant.

  • Fat Lever

    I could see this not being a big deal if it weren’t a close game against inferior competition or if the Lakers didn’t possess an utterly horrendous road record. You can’t be lackadaisical in that situation. Then again, it’s AB, so I expect nothing short of immaturity from him.

  • Heals

    Takes one to know one…

  • AD

    I take take no offense to a players offense. I take sht more serious when the player doesn’t want to shoot. It takes balls.

  • tomtom

    Player-coach doing his thing haha. He’s right about the turn around J in the post tho.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    @KidCongo; yeah he coached Lebron, I don’t see your point?

  • AQWORD

    … but you did see Shawn Kemp’s poiny when he, ‘Blistered the Lister’. My point exactly.

  • Drig

    The problem here is Kobe actually hit and practiced them in the off-season and throughout the season. Bynum does it occasionally. Pau does them regularly. Yet you don’t see Pau mouth off like that. Kobe’s probably just diffusing the situation ( Taking on Fish’s role ) but he was probably going WTF when he took that shot too.

  • abaci

    uh-oh stay out of Colorado Andrew

  • king

    @kidcongo kobe delivers in the 4th lebron doesn’t

  • Kadavour

    bad shot, and bad reaction to questions about it in the media by Bynum. Good job by Kobe to back him up a bit and play clean up.
    Good benching by Brown.
    LMAO @ abaci

  • robb

    I don’t understand how Kobe, having all that knowledge, can take so many bad shots. The man seems to be very wise during interviews but when he’s playing, his stubbornness kinda clouds his judgement.

  • Ash

    If Bynum is like a young Kobe, those white girls better wear teflon anus protectors.

  • Roger Skulnik

    Coaching a star who doesn’t mind totally undermining you in the press seems like a much harder problem for Mr. Brown.

  • Rainman

    “I’m sure Drew won’t take many of them. He just tried one tonight”…turns out he actually plans on taking more, kobz.

  • KidCongo

    @omphalos & King: it just seems strange to me that Kobe seems to imply that Mike Brown never coached superstars before, that’s all.

  • lol

    @KidCongo Kobe used the word ambition, he didn’t mention anything about “superstars”. Kobe is explicitly stating (not implying) that Mike Brown is not used to coaching people with the same level and type of ambition as Bynum, which is fair – LeBron’s ambition is different in that his desire for accolades and attention seem to outweigh his drive for growing his skill/completeness as a player (to be fair, he is already quite skilled and did at one point work on improving his jumper), whereas Bynum is more concerned with adding tools to his admittedly limited offensive repertoire. That being said, Bynum is still a dumbass, and should stick to the paint where he belongs, but there is a clear difference between players like LeBron and players like Bynum when you use the word ambition. At the end of the day, I’m glad, as it seems like neither of them will be adding a ‘chip to their collection this year.

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