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Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 10:20 am  |  36 responses

Report: Lakers Coaches, Management Unhappy With Andrew Bynum’s Behavior


According to the LA Daily News, Andrew Bynum’s benching on Tuesday night wasn’t just due to him taking an ill advised three pointer early in the shot clock. The big fella has reportedly been getting on his coach’s nerves, and others in the Laker organization are less than impressed with his behavior and attitude of late: “Bynum’s shot was the latest in a catalogue of items that have annoyed Brown, his staff, the players and team management over the past few weeks. [Mike] Brown had seen enough and decided to sit the 7-footer for all but 5minutes, 17 seconds of the second half. The 24-year-old Bynum has played loud music in the Lakers’ locker room, which has been frowned upon over the years. He also has been disrespectful to members of the coaching staff and to his teammates for about the past three weeks. Brown said Thursday he stood by his decision to remove Bynum from the game. Brown also said the larger situation will be handled internally, with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak speaking to Bynum about his actions on and off the court. ‘At that moment, I didn’t feel that was the right shot in the game,’ Brown said. Kupchak wouldn’t say if he had spoken to Bynum yet ‘because the next question is: `What did you say?’ Much has been said and much has been dissected. Obviously, some of it you can attribute to a person growing up. It just has to be addressed. I think like most young, intelligent people, he will be better for it.’ After his benching, Bynum sat and appeared irritated. He did not join his teammates in their huddles during timeouts. At one point, he shrugged toward a TV cameraman as if to ask, ‘Why am I on the bench instead of playing in the game?’”

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  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Andrew Bynum has played loud music in the Lakers’ locker room, which has been frowned upon over the years. rofl

  • Shem

    When you’re that good, you can play music as loud as you want. Different story if it were Luke Walton doing it.

  • Ryan D.

    Hey kid! Turn that darn Gangster rapper music off!

  • abaci

    Bynum is a knucklehead. I wonder what kind of success he would have on a team where is the go to option ? He is only 24, he has time to be great, mediocre, or fall off.

  • bike

    The next time they bench him, they should make him wear a funny hat.

  • ChipS

    I’m becoming irritated with him also. He’s starting to feel himself a little to much. It’s alright to be upset over being benched, but these comments after the last two games are annoying. Someone needs to put him in his place. All I got from his comments after last nights game, is that he’s only worried about his stats.

  • Jer Boi

    This guy annoys me. Still really immature.

  • riggs

    The reason why he’s acting out is because the lakers gave in to him. He didn’t get traded AND he’s getting an extension and he knows he’s going to be the future franchise player. So he thinks he can do whatever he wants now.

  • FLIGHT 9

    fire mike brown..

  • Otis

    For goodness sake, he sounds like a naughty teenager, not a man getting paid a fortune to act like a professional. Sigh.

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/ Paul H

    Love ‘Drew’s game but mighty god man you’re TWENTY FOUR. GET OVER YOURSELF.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Before people start hating on Mike Brown, just remember that this is the same Andrew Bynum who double parked in a handicap spot outside a grocery store.

  • iLL wiLL

    His myspace page was hilarious, but it got taken down just before the draft.

  • Jetfuel

    This dude is a straight up b*tch!! Just listen to the girly screams he does EVERY time he is inside the 3 second area

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Pull it together man.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    I support Drew because my veins bleed purple and gold but he did something last night that was uncalled for. He fell after missing a putback and he donkey kicked Ibaka behind the knee which could have seriously f*cked him up. You would think Bynum would think twice about kicking someone there considering his history of knee issues.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Marc Gasol

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I feel ya Allen. I feel ya… Bynums still better though. Remember this is basketball we are talking about. Not Miss Congeniality.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    It’s funny that Kobe doesn’t have a problem with Bynum’s attitude. What’a great leader he is.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    23-13-4 last night, 18,13 on 57% FG’s this year.
    Loud gansta rap, double handicap parking, play boy bunny on his shoulders, all that withstanding he is still the 2nd best center.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I agree nbk. It’s good to support the player that is going to take you to the promise land. With out Bynum this team is going no where, so I completely agree with you that KB is smart by doing that.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I guess my comment doesn’t need to post.
    .
    Whatever you say Lakeshow. I’m sure Andrew Bynum’s maturity is something that should be supported. Sh*t Kobe probably should have gone and stomped on JJ Barea’s face during the playoffs last year. And he should have takin a bath in Grimaces Hat after he benched Drew for Shooting and 3 and then walking back on defense.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I don’t know man, your taking it a bit far now..

  • Rainman

    is it me ? or has this guy matured VERY LITTLE from when he was a rookie and giving Shaq forearm checks after dunking on him? He was 17-18 then…just sayin…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Lake…IMO, I think that Bynum is testing just how far he can assert himself this year. He was confident but not THIS bold before the trade deadline. You can see in the game too. He seems less concerned about the defensive end these days. And just like Kobe sometimes, he throws mini-fits if he doesn’t get a look in the post when he has good position. When he catches on the block, he is less willing to pass out of double or even triple teams like he used. It’s hard to criticise that when Kobe did and does the exact same thing. I think he now realizes that the world will be his and everyone has to just deal with it.

  • Quincy Douby

    Ya that was a bit much dude

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yeah Nick… Everything you just said is sadly true. He has been obviously different the 2nd half of this year than ever before. Not in a good way. He has a terrible attitude and seems to be an awful team mate. I’m not digging on it and he needs to check him self. He better straight dominate the post season or he’s got some ‘splaining’ to do.
    -Rainman, definitely not just you. Seems he has maybe even become less mature if there is such a thing lol.

  • LA Huey

    With his knee history, you’d think he’d be weary of karma.

  • LA Huey

    Oh, and he knows Jim Buss has his back. Won’t be surprised if this sort of thing becomes the norm.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Not surprised at all.

  • RunNGun

    Trade Bynum to the D-League… make it happen, Buss.

  • ClydeSays

    Immature or whatever, dude is talented. And talented 7 footers are rare. No way do the Lakers trade him unless they’re offered the world. Or if he starts making moves on Jeanie Buss…

    http://www.bartnagel.com/portraits/buss_jeanie.html

  • http://slamonline slams chuck barkley

    Riggs and nick are right.

  • IamYOU

    NOTORIOUS B.Y.N.U.M.

  • OTB

    I wasn’t surprised that nbk was the first person to bring up Kobe in this thread, when nothing in this story (or the comments) referred to him in any way. This is Bynum’s own maturation process, and management has to deal with it. Kobe said he didn’t mind Bynum taking a 3 because he didn’t think it was that big of a deal. Neither did Pau, though he acknowledged that it was “not his game”. If someone is acting up towards the coaches, the coaching staff and upper management need to set them straight, which they are trying to do. I’m sure Kobe/Pau have talked to him but it has not been made public, but Bynum disrespecting the coaching staff has less to do with the leadership on the team and more about Bynum’s attitude and immaturity.

  • LARRY

    I THINK THAT THE LAKERS NEED TO GET RID OF BYNUM. AND GET SOMEONE WHOSE MORE OF A TEAM PLAYER AND PERHAPS MORE TALENTED. PERHAPS USE HIM AS A TRADE BAIT IN THE UPCOMING COLLEGE DRAFT. HIS IMMATURE ATTITUDE IN A STRONG NEGATIVE TOWARDS THE OVERALL GOAL OF THE LAKERS BID 4 ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP.

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