Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at 12:00 pm  |  41 responses

Andrew Bynum Criticized By High School AD and Coaches

Before it ever began, Andrew Bynum’s season officially came to an end yesterday. With free agency looming this summer and an uncertain future ahead, there’s nothing but criticism for the big fella. Even his old high school coaches won’t give Bynum a pass. Per the Star-Ledger: “The labels still follow him around, like a dishonorable discharge from a club he never wanted to join in the first place. When Andrew Bynum was traded from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar bashed him before he got across the Continental Divide, asserting that his prized student always wanted to take shortcuts and ‘didn’t want me to bother him (by) constantly going over the fundamentals.’ About that time, an anonymous Lakers player created untold internet hits by suggesting that ‘I’ve never met another player in the league who likes basketball less’ than Bynum. More recently, Magic Johnson condemned him as ‘a guy who (cannot) tolerate pain. When he was injured, he wasn’t a guy who worked hard to get back. This doesn’t surprise me.’ [...] ‘Everyone here at school says the same thing: What’s wrong with him? Why does he act like that?’ says St. Joseph of Metuchen athletic director Jerry Smith. ‘He went from someone we’re proud of to someone whose name we don’t even mention anymore.’ [...] ‘Yeah, I never respond to that kind of request, because Andrew has chosen not to stay in touch for whatever reason, so I just don’t get involved with it,’ says Mark Taylor, who now coaches the St. Benedict’s Prep powerhouse. ‘I don’t dislike him, and he’ll continue to do well if he can stay healthy, but I’m sure he’s got people who will guide him in times like this.’ [...] ‘He went from being one of our favorite sons here — right below Jay Williams — but they don’t talk about Bynum like they do about Jay,’ the AD says. ‘For a lot of reasons, there’s been a disconnect.’ Smith said he once took a busload of kids to a Nets-Lakers game in East Rutherford, and Bynum — reluctantly, he thought — did come out to say hello to the students. ‘But he hasn’t exactly been a warm presence,’ Smith says. ‘We thought he’d be a lot different, that’s all. We all understand sports figures — wary of people asking for money and all that — but we don’t need money, we raise our own. It would just be nice if he came by now that he’s so close. It would be great for our kids to see him. But I’m not holding my breath.’”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    well damn

  • MightyMouse


  • roscoe

    “but we don’t need money, we raise our own.”

    the fact this peep brought this up makes me believe his criticism is based solely on $$$.

    Go bowling drew!

  • LakeShow

    One of the more disappointing players of recent.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Look at the bright side. Denver is doing great. Orlando has nice young pieces. Philly can spend that money they were going to give him on other players. Andrew not playing has allowed us to talk about his wild hairstyles and get a few laughs. Everyone wins.

  • Anthony Dixon

    I honestly think Bynum doesn’t deserve all the hate and criticism towards him. Sure he could have made better decisions but bad knees only get worse for big men.

  • Anthony Dixon


  • LP


  • The Philosopher

    Many people get to a different situation in life. And to them, going back to where one came from, and doing certain things… it is not in them. For whatever reason. It happens a lot.
    I know of at least 2 NBA players who have displayed the same kind of tendencies as Bynum has, when it pertains to their home towns.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Any big man who decides at any point that he can no longer learn anything from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar deserves criticism.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange thinks some people only play basketball because they’re tall.

  • RayJr

    Some get max contracts if they are very tall.

  • RayJr

    I think it’s safe to say that Bynum has officially taken the “Laughing Stock of the NBA” crown away from Javale McGee.

  • bike

    Wonder if he ever talks to Dwight. I can picture these two guys crying over the phone and asking each other ‘why do people hate big guys so much? Why?’

  • Emerson

    I dont get it.

  • Emerson

    You don’t need good knees, to be a good person. Bynum is jerk off.

  • roscoe

    where’s waldo?

  • robb

    This guy’s a big fan of both. He calls himself Superman and likes to smile and comb his pretty hair.

  • Tad

    You’re talking about a guy who got caught parking in handicap spots when he was in LA and didn’t care at all. Bynum’s a major jerk off the court.

  • Tad

    I don’t agree with Magic saying he can’t tolerate pain. This is the same guy who played the entire 2010 playoffs with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

  • shockexchange

    Did D12 and “Hairfro” have a baby together?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    some ni66as just dont even give a fvck

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    or maybe hes just a lazy ass n!gga

  • danpowers

    id kill to be born with that kind of talent and body. i worked quite hard when i was younger but i was just not good enough and trapped in a white 6’0 body that hardly builds up muscles no matter how hard i work out. when i read articles like that (given that these people actually speak the truth about him) im just shaking my head and ask myself why i couldnt be blessed with that natural talent and body. i dont understand how ppl can throw away being so gifted

  • Anthony Dixon

    maybe he was annoying … lol who knows

  • Anthony Dixon

    i guess but there are a lot of people who have handicap privelages and don’t need them lol

  • ratguts

    and now he’s gonna need those spots, the irony.

  • robb

    lol they can’t deny it.

  • Allen

    True to a degree. But Kareem is sort of needy.

  • http://twitter.com/NYCKING BIG ED

    I went to a Lakers – Knicks game in Andrew rookie year. Ended up at family section waiting on Bynum and he never came. I have no relationship to Bynum family. Talk with some of his family and blended right in when me and friends said we went to HS with him.

  • RedDragon10
  • Caboose

    I don’t care if Kareem treated Bynum like the drill sergeant from Full Metal Jacket, you listen to the master of the skyhook.

  • roscoe

    I was referring to R.W. Emerson.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Time for philly to go after big AL Jefferson and/or develop Arnett.

  • Drig

    Actually, it healed by the time the POs came but not completely.

  • Anthony Dixon

    i making millions of dollars and im unstoppable when healthy, i don’t need the yelling if i’m bynum

  • ATL dynamite

    McGee has taken off the label since the ‘shaq’tin a coon’ lol

  • Omar

    Until this year, people were still using the excuse…”He’s still young” for everything this dude did.

  • LeroyShonuff

    He was never unstoppable… And that mindset is the reason sooo much is wrong with the world

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    i feeel you. some people got all the right parts but never use them. when i was in high school i did the same thing as you.

  • Wayne Hazley

    This Sanchez is a total idiot,name calling of race of any kind isn’t needed