Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  25 responses

Andrew Bynum on Getting Benched: ‘Right Decision’

To the surprise of many, Andrew Bynum showed quite a bit of maturity after getting benched during the big Lakers/Thunder game yesterday, as he told the media that he agreed with head coach MIke Brown’s decision. From the OC Register: “[Jordan] Hill played the entire fourth quarter and both overtimes and scored 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. ‘I was playing terribly and he (Brown) made the right decision,’ Bynum said. ‘I didn’t play well and Jordan played great, so credit Jordan with the win. He came up big for us, (Devin) Ebanks came up huge and (Steve) Blake only made two 3’s but they were huge.’ Bynum said he just had an off-day, that there wasn’t anything to get alarmed over. ‘I just played poorly. It’s easily fixable,’ he said. ‘I don’t think I was posting up hard and they were getting in front of me. I wasn’t being aggressive.’”

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  • Jer Dawg

    Humbled answer. Good that you admitted it. Lakers can still do it. Win that title!

  • http://www.twitter.com/terryfinisterre Terry Finisterre

    In other words, “I will not create a distraction for my team as we head to the Playoffs, sorry, media types. I’m no Dwight Howard.”

  • Heals

    Love the accountability…

  • Pais

    This to me is just as promising as his 30pts or his 30rebs. Good job.

  • BlackStar

    Nicely played young Bynum. Keep making progress … We need you!

  • Michelle

    Well said Bynum. You are learning

  • Kilo

    He said tah on the grounds that the Lakers won. If they had lost it would be diffrient.

  • Mike Mihalow

    But he didn’t deserve to be benched for taking a horribly-timed, horribly-missed 3-pointer?

  • hushabomb

    As long as Bynum continues to be humble and improve, he will prove to everyone he is better than Howard!!!

  • Drig

    As long as he remains humble and ALWAYS puts in effort. Stop zoning out of games Bynum! We need you, big fella.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I am thoroughly surprised by Bynum here. Respect.

  • kobesBESTfriend

    when will this dummy learn 2 pass out of a doubleteam?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Don’t let “I wasn’t being aggressive” happen in the playoffs buddy.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    kobesBestfriend would be my bestie also if he taught Bynum to do that.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    My guess is he was coached on what to say.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    He showed some maturity. Good for him. Now let’s see if he can be bothered to play some defense in the playoffs. If not, he will be pick and rolled to death. LOL.

  • jayrose

    Well said bynum. Starting to show ppl that your not a lil kid.

  • bike

    Well, it’s best he get some quality rest anyway. Considering his tendency to get injured about this time of year anyway.

  • Wet

    Based off of the fact he never walked up to a player during any timeouts to encourage. I’m sure he saying this as a politically correct answer. That being said, Awesome. That’s what he is supposed to do to make the media shut up. Look at all the positive comments here just from one lie Bynum. Keep it up and you’ll take Dwight Howard’s followers.

  • Shem

    Are you serious? All of a sudden he’s accountable and mature based on one answer? Get out of here he’s a kid playing in a league of men and it’ll be a few years before he’s got the maturity to be considered a super star.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    This overrated kid needs to PLAY SOME DEFENSE, I am tired of the media trying to hype him up. He gets killed, guarding folks and his hustle effort is up and down. Also his Offense is overrated, man I wish my Lakers trade for Howard next year. BOOK IT!!

  • Defense

    Defense, Defense, Defense. He is only talking about his offense. Even the Zen Master said Bynum will not be great until he really locks down his defense. He was not benched for lack of effect in Defense. With his stroke, he can drop a lot of points. What does it matter when he allows tons of offensive Rebounds by opposing teams and when he himself does not get at least 5 Off Rebounds a night. His pick and roll D is horrible. Players go in for easy layups coming off the pick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Dude, Bynum’s post offense is way better than Howard’s. Why would you even want Howard with the BS he’s pulled in Orlando this year, Seed?

  • Kilo

    I am a Laker fan and I sincerly hope we don’t trade for Howard. We need a young wing to back up Kobe and repace him in 3-4 years. Howard can go to Brooklyn.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    As the true Laker fan, Howard plays defense and rebounds. Bynum gets killed on Defense. Also Howard is a better overall player, with more upside. Don’t be fooled with Bynum wack two post moves, that works on smaller players sometimes, not all the time. There is a reason he is not a consistent 20 point scorer or beast rebounder. Bynum is a flash in the pan. Trade him next year for Howard and see how better Lakers will be. Lakers need Bynum to play DEFENSE and REBOUND and get 15 points a game. Howard gets that in his SLEEP. Bynum fooling folks, with his fake tough man act in Spurs loss and no show against tough inside players like Perkins and Ibaka. BOOK IT!!