Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 5:30 pm  |  14 responses

Andrew Bynum: ‘I Want to Be a Laker’

Heading into an offseason of great uncertainty, Andrew Bynum clarified comments he made following the Lakers’ elimination from the Playoffs. After initially sounding indifferent about continuing to play for the Purple and Gold, Bynum said today that he’d very much like to keep living and working in Los Angeles. From the LA Times: “Nearly an hour and a half passed, and Andrew Bynum still sat in his exit interview. It’s hard to imagine what Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Coach Mike Brown had to talk about with Bynum regarding the 2011-12 season. [...] ‘We were just talking about staying mentally strong,’ said Bynum. ‘I think it’s hard for anybody to focus at all times.’ That didn’t always happen, particularly in the postseason. Bynum acknowledged lacking enough offensive and defensive effort in all the Lakers’ three losses in their first-round series against Denver. Mike Brown and Kobe Bryant alike noticed that Bynum’s frustration with handling double teams prompted him to show less engagement on defense. […] ‘I want to be a Laker, but you never know what’s going to happen,’ Bynum said. ‘I think every day in L.A. is a good one. I don’t want to go anywhere.’ But he hardly sounded worried about all the criticism. ‘I like telling the truth,’ Bynum said, ‘and saying what’s on my mind and how I feel.’”

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    well prove it by playing good next year

  • mike


    By playing well*

  • robb

    Time to trade Pau

  • ClydeSays

    He’ll bring back the most in any trade, so he goes to the Nets for Williams/Lopez. Or to the Magic for Dwight/Nelson.

  • http://www.twitter.com/sesa_opas Sesa

    Should’ve think about that before sulking in game 5

  • t-sizzle

    Odom said the same thing

  • bonk

    Why would the magic trade Howard n Nelson for bynum. Uhh I think they would have to give up more not the magic. Howard is the superstar not bynum

  • Y.C.Chen

    whatever they say makes some headline…. yup… prove it to us, Lakers. lakers definitely need some changes. one thing they can’t change is kobe, sometimes kobe is the problem. but like i said, you can’t change kobe, because he is kobe. others need to make sacrifice… i guess this time will be pau gasol. poor dude.

  • http://unb.ca TimberHog

    I would like to care about this story… but there are some teams still playing!

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I want to be a Laker, too.

  • IamYOU

    Bynum come to the darkside and become a Floridian.

  • http://www.slamonline.com house

    well if he wants to continue being a Laker he better quit playing like a Bobcat…

  • Nate C

    Dwight Howard: “In that case, I want to be Andrew Bynum”

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Sadly, management wants him to be on the Magic.