Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  53 responses

Denver Nuggets Were Motivated By Andrew Bynum’s ‘Arrogant Statement’

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Prior to their first round Playoff series, no one truly gave the Denver Nuggets a chance against the Los Angeles Lakers. And through the first two games of the battle, those views were justified.

The series is now suddenly 3-2, heading back to Colorado, and the Nuggets have been given new life.

Andrew Bynum’s comments prior to last night’s tilt motivated the underdog Nuggets, and the Lakers have a serious fight on their hands.

From Yahoo! Sports:

George Karl’s first order of business when he walked into the Denver Nuggets’ locker room Tuesday was to find video coordinator Nate Anderson. “You put that quote at the end of the film?” the Nuggets coach asked Anderson. Yes, Anderson had done his work, attaching the inflammatory words of Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum at the end of the Nuggets’ pregame film. “Closeout games are actually kind of easy,” Bynum had said a day earlier. “Teams tend to fold if you come out and play hard in the beginning.”

“A lot of players are arrogant, man,” Nuggets guard Ty Lawson said. “That was an arrogant statement. That definitely did give us fuel and motivation to win this game. We don’t like people saying stuff about us. We all looked at each and other and were like, ‘All right, let’s go.’”

Andrew Bynum’s lackadaisical approach last night made it clear that he truly believed that it’d be easy to put these Nuggets away, and the big fella even stuck to his guns following the loss. He’s the best.

With the OKC Thunder resting comfortably and waiting for their next Playoff opponent, the Lakers must now regroup, and try to win Game 6 in hostile Denver. Regardless of what Bynum may claim, there’s certainly nothing “easy” about that.

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  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhML7iq4dK491bduli Max

    So much for being the best center in the L…

  • MoSlamaJama

    Bynum is actually kind of right, but clearly statement was proved wrong

  • AsadSaleh3

    Andrew made one All-Star team in a conference that’s weak at the center position and now he’s acting like he’s on par with Kobe Bryant. He’s not even on Gasol’s level when it comes to career accomplishments. He needs to quiet down a little and if anyone on the Lakers is going to say anything, let it be Kobe. Kobe’s always going to stick up for him because they’re teammates. But Bynum needs to be silenced. Too many missteps from him this season. He wouldn’t have acted out like this under Phil Jackson.

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    “Teams tend to fold if you come out and play hard in the beginning.” When he says “teams,” he means the Lakers, right? ’cause the Hawks, Bulls and Nuggets all showed some fight last night. On the other hand, does anyone remember game four of Lakers-Mavs last year?

  • Andy

    No one would be able to guard kd if they don’t wait for mwp. Intentional? I think so. (Not a laker fan)

  • Marc

    I really don’t see anything arrogant about that statement. Maybe that wasn’t the whole statement. And a stupid statement shouldn’t be fuel for you win. The thought of going home should just be enough fuel in my opinion.

  • Corky

    Bynum is 100% correct. Teams on the ropes tend to fold up if the opponent comes out and blitzes them right out of the gate.

    …the only problem is that the Lakers don’t have the players to do that.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    People are ignoring (or not realising), that if the Lakers lose 2 games in this series (deliberately or otherwise), the series stretches to 6 games. That means they get Ron Artest back. If they sweep/win in 4/5 games, they play OKC understrength, with only Matt Barnes to guard Durant/Harden. By losing, they avoid an increased likelihood of losing both games, and decreased chance of stealing 1 or both games in OKC.
    I’m not saying they lost on purpose. But it probably came into their thought process at some point.

  • Justin

    That tanking theory is ridiculous. We are talking about getting Ron artest back. No one is tanking for him.

  • vtrobot

    Andrew, the Celtics and Hawks think you’re wrong.

  • AsadSaleh3

    World Peace isn’t going to help the Lakers all that much. I’m sure they’re not thinking about losing or not being too concerned if they drag out the series just so that they can get him back.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    Bynum might have been proven right had Kobe jacked up fewer shots and, you know, passed the ball inside. Really frustrating game to watch for Lakers fans.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    People have revisionist history. Go back and read the comments left in the wake of Artest’s suspension, and how it was perceived to potentially effect the Lakers in the post-season. I’m not just making this up. It was stated here prior, I’m just bringing it to the fore because of the context.
    As anyone who’s been on this site long enough would know, I’m a Rockets fan, and dislike the Lakers.
    See if the Lakers close out this game in Denver (I expect they will), and see how OKC wingmen fair against LAL’s wings in Gm 1. Then compare it to the rest of the series. I’m not saying there’s definitely going to be a difference, but I believe there will be.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @lights out, nice.

  • http://www.slamonline.com phsyco B

    Hursty you are ridiculous. Losing that game never entered into their thought process. There will be a difference but no ones tanking playoff games.

  • LP

    this statement from Bynum is aimless. Some teams fight (as we saw last night), some teams fold, as we saw in the 2011 Conference semi-finals with the team the Mavs swept on that team’s home court…what team was that anyhow, refresh me??????

  • Top$helf

    I mean he’s an expert on teams folding in closeout games cause the lakers no showed game 4 last year vs Dallas

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Miami Joe

    Hursty is actually correct. I’m no coach but had I wanted my team to win a close game I would’ve given them strict instructions to lay the wood on a 50% free throw shooter like McGee. Instead they let him come in on two baseline dunks and one from the top of the key with no resistence whats so ever. that told me right there that the lakers were really not wanting to win this game knowing that Denver doesn’t really pose a threat to them. They had the same attitude against Houst a couple of years back and destroyed them when they brought their “A” game. If you know basketball you know this to be true.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    phsyco B (nice spelling there, btw)-Sorry, but Coach Pop was comfortable with his team losing a game in the first round – and they supposedly had nothing to gain from it either. Just saying. They won, but that’s not the point. It entered into the thought process. Not the same as tanking? Well, the coaching staff contemplated deliberately losing.
    Just food for thought.

  • LA Huey

    Dumb comment by Bynum but it’s the NBA Playoffs. “You shouldn’t need any more motivation than that.”

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Idk what game some of yall were watching, but Kobe d@mn sure looked like he was trying to win the game to me.

  • Mas

    ^ correct. We miss Danilo in NYC. Gasol for Amare. Make it happen.

  • DEN

    Statements like these is why coach Mike Brown never talks about Bynums maturity.

  • bt

    I don’t get these ‘motivation’ things that always come up. Your one loss away from your season ending, shouldn’t you be as motivated s you can be anyway?


    Dumb a$$ Andrew. What has he done.

  • dungeon family

    @Dagger Did you even watch the game? Kobe The only one that showed up last night……Javale Outplayed Bynum on all fronts…Faried Made Pau look soft as usual…..Matt Barnes couldn’t make 3′s…..Andre Miller had his way with Steve blake…

  • lakernation

    @dungeon… u nailed it on the head thanks for clearing that stupid comment up by Dagger. Kobe went Ham, Matt Barnes couldnt hit the open shot, Defense was atrocious……very hard to watch.

  • lakernation

    Andrew Bynum needs to grow up.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Glad to see that dungeon watched the game which allows him to have a good insight instead of some of these dumbass comments.

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

    lmao nice retort from Bynum. He’s proud to be a douche, and I think we should respect that.

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

    on the real though, he’s one of the funniest players in the league.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    Bynum is totally speaking the truth, because he’s speaking from experience. The Lakers were down 24 points by half time when they got eliminated by the Mavs last year. It was definitely easy for the Mavs, and especially easy for drew since he got ejected and didn’t have to play the last half of the series.

  • dee

    Dominant big men dominate! He’s the biggest dude on the court but Bynum couldn’t do that last night. He looked clumsy and played unimspired! Having one 2 championships already you would think he’d know better. I can clearly see why Phil Jackson used to hold him back…he still doesn’t get it! Kobe needed to do exactly what he did for the Lakers to get back into the game. He almost pulled it off! Having said that, I hope Bynum keeps his mouth shut and just play hard. Be a leader with his play and not his immature mouth.

  • http://bleacherreport Chris

    Andrew Bynum is an idiot. If the Lakers do not get rid of this cancer if they do not win THE CHAMPIONSHIP Andrew shares all the responsibility. Grow up Bynum you are on the BEST ORGANIZATION the NBA has ever seen. You do not deserve to be a Laker I do not care how good Shaq thinks you are you need to grow up or go….do you get it?????? You F…UP !!!! Get on board or get off. Laker fan till I die and they will burn me with all my Laker Gear!!!!!

  • dee

    The Lakers should sign an old school veteran. Not for his play but for to handle himself on and off the court. When you win championships, I guess no one can tell you anything! Its the same arrogant attitude that got them swept last year. I thought Bynum was more mature during last years playoffs (well until that hard foul)After playing on 2 championship teams while hurt, Bynum gained experience 16 year veterans would kill for…instead he’s acting entitled as if winning a champinship is something that’s going to get handed to him. I hope dude gets it soon! You have the greatest active player n your roster, please wake up and stop wasting valuable time!

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

    Second* best organization the NBA has ever seen.

  • B-RoyFTW

    Someone might want to call the police.
    I think a guy named Chris just killed himself…

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Once again, Bynum shows that he doesn’t get it. It’s fine to talk, to brag but like the great Larry Bird said: “If you back it up, it’s not bragging.” LOL. That’s the thing, if you talk, make sure you come ready to play. But to run your mouth and let your man (McGhee) have his best game of the series by outrunning you and dunking all over the place is kind of silly.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    bynum right but he should shut up.

  • Treshiq

    So let me get this straight. coach Brown says..”Okay guys…don’t play that great…I mean it is Denver..let’s not really win this and get METTA WORLD PEACE back and raise our caliber back to the dominating force they we are, WHO’S WITH ME”(the team lets out roars of agreement)…
    (Kobe sits arms folded and says seriously) “naw, i’m a contender and champ..I don’t ever go out there weak..I’m STILL gonna get mine..y’all can do whatever whenever i want to win this!)

    (the ret of the team begs…) “C’mon man let’s do this for Metta..it’s a guarentee that were gonna win this series…let’s just, ya know..kinda blow this one, i know we were swept last year and we had and Odom Bynum and Gasol, but they aren’t the Mavs . And we aren’t last years lakers, but still”

    Yeah i’m sure that’s how it went! smh…Kobe was PISSED!!! They wanted to end the series last night. I’m super stoked that the Nuggs are playing back at the Can! And I KNOW were not supposed to win this, but uhhh WAY stranger things have happened and ANYONE WHO KNOWS BASKETBALL knows this..you don’t play around with playoff baksetball. No lead is safe..Ask Dirk in 2006. As Memphis now ( they were heavily favored to win that series) ask the Spurs last year…and FREAKING ASK THE HEAT. Anyone who thinks that this thought EVER Crossed the Lakers mind is insane…you possibly blow games to get Kobe, Drose, Kd back ( but then you risk losing because them not being there is a totally different story anyway.) you do NOT risk a series over metta world peace. Please get outtaa hea wit all dat!

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    @Dagger – Did you watch the game? The Lakers were horrible for 4 quarters. They only got going with about 5 minutes left in the 4th when Bynum started playing defense and not being lazy, and Kobe drilled like 4 3 pointers. Granted, they lost the game because of Kobe’s misses at the end, but they wouldn’t have gotten to that point without his 3s.

  • bike

    Laker fans are just going to have to accept that Bynum is going to take a game off now and then.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    So did he play worse than Marc Gasol?

  • Shag

    And to think, I used to root for this clown. Kareem did such a good job mentoring the player Bynum, but I think some of Kareem’s arrogance might have rubbed off on Bynum. He’s a clown and an immature bully. If he keeps going as he going now, he’ll be more of a detriment to the Lakers than any help.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    Kobe’s jacking actually legitimately brought them back into that game lmaoo

  • http://Slamonline.con nbk

    I suck b@lls!!!!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Bynum is all talk, people if he plays DEFENSE, the Lakers can win it all, plain and simple. Bynum is making Jalvee Mcgee look like an all star. If Bynum taking games off, talking smack makes my Lakers lose this series, inside information is he is GONE. BOOK IT!!

  • Nashty

    No offense, that was just a prediction and its wrong so what wrong with that?

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

    The nbk impersonator is obviously Tarzan Cooper. I’m 90% sure of it.

  • PnoyVibe

    @Datkid you’re talking as if you’ve only seen a couple games of him play

  • Mike From Spain

    What Bynum said: teams who are losing the series tend to fold on the close-out game if you start the game playing hard. What is arrogant about that? Why do you say Bynum has been proved wrong? To prove Bynum wrong, you should prove that the general tendency does not exist. For that, a single game is not enough proof.

  • MLBraden

    The Lakers can’t beat anybody IN A SERIES with a true POINT GUARD!

  • Che G

    I used to be a pick time LAKER FAN UNTIL THE NEW LAKERS CAME ON BOARD. Like Kobe, and now these guys with the exception of DEREK FISHER THE TRUE PROFESSIONAL. N I think Andrew Bynum is a BUMP. U finically making noise on the court n he thinks he have game. U r so lucky u r 7ft becuz, if I had 2 great knees and younger I will run up his chest and EMBARASS BYNUM ARROGANT ASS. Stay humble and life will be a better blessing. If not, continue to talk and see how many STAY n your corner. IN OTHER WORDS, SHUT UP AND PLAY BALL… If Shaquille was playn, Bynum WILL BE THE SMALLEST MAN OR BOY…….