Monday , Dec , 17 , 2012 Featured Guest Journalist

Andrew Bynum Now Claims Kobe Stunted His Growth

Bynum speaks out about his time in LA and some of his thoughts might surprise you.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Bynum thinking Kobe stunted his growth would be like Pippen complaining that Jordan slowed him down. Shutup and play Andrew.

Andrew Bynum recently sat down for a candid conversation about his time in LA. Hey, he’s got the time since he still hasn’t played a single game as a 76er this season. Although it could be tough to squeeze in between his bowling and strip club routine he appears to be juggling, while letting his knees recover.

Bynum was in LA for seven seasons in which time he won two NBA championships. One of the major reasons for those championships was Kobe Bryant and his dominant presence both on the court and in the locker room. “I thought it really helped me a lot obviously at first, because he (Bryant) draws so much attention it’s hard for guys to double team and key on you, so it helped me tremendously. Later, I felt I was able to get the ball more and do more things with the ball, so I could definitely see how it could stunt growth.”

This may be true to some degree, but most people agree that the biggest thing that slowed down Bynum was and continues to be Bynum. He is a player with limitless potential that shows the heart of a kitty cat not a lion. He is all potential and much less dedication and hard work. Yes, he has gotten significantly better in LA since he came into the league seven years ago as his 2011-2012 stat line of 18.7 PPG, 11.8 RPG, and 1.9 BPG indicates. Yet, it is his inability to assert himself and habit of vanishing in big games and crucial situations that defines his character.

Regarding his recent trade to Philadelphia that brought Dwight Howard to LA Bynum had this to say, “Personally I think they traded No. 1 for No. 2. I think Dwight is a great player, but he’s going to have to get accustomed to playing with Kobe and not touching the ball every single play.” 

All of that may be well and true, but you’ll be hard pressed to find too many people that think LA made the wrong choice now that Bynum’s knee injuries have proven to be more significant that initially thought. The fact is, Bynum has yet to play a single game for the 76ers, while Howard hasn’t missed a game yet.

If Kobe stunted your growth so much Bynum, we better see one heck of a year out of you this season, if you ever play.

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