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

by March 30, 2012

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?’”