09 May 2012

Does Andrew Bynum get it?

Andrew Bynum is still only 24 years old. He's one of the most talented centers in the league and one of the best centers in the league. But you really have to wonder if he truly gets it to be really successful in this league.

The biggest reason why I'm writing this piece is a comment Bynum made a day before his Lakers attempted to close out the Denver Nuggets in five games at Staples Center last night.
Closeout games are actually kind of easy. Teams tend to fold if you come out and play hard in the beginning.
I mean, you have got to be kidding me. For anyone to make a comment like that before you attempt to finish a series in the NBA Playoffs is absolutely ridiculous. Should anybody be really surprised that the Nuggets did not fold and rallied late despite a tremendous performance from Kobe Bryant to defeat the Lakers, 102-99, and force a game 6. Why you would ever give a team such chalkboard material and even greater motivation other than the fact that their season was on the line? For the record, Bynum himself had a strong game with 16 points and 11 boards but that idiotic comment, which Ty Lawson rightfully derided as an "arrogant statement," surely played a big role in the Lakers loss, I have no question about that. And Bynum did not regret the comments anyways.

The point I'm trying to pontificate about is does Andrew Bynum get it? Does he understand the maturity he needs to take his game to the next level? I understand he is still only 24 years old but this is also his seventh year in the league, he should know that he should never take threes during a game, that he shouldn't skip out on meetings with the general manager and he shouldn't show up late to important playoff games like he did in game 3. This is all simple stuff but Bynum's lack of maturity makes it difficult. He's already a really good center, one of the best in the league at what is a shallow position right now, but he has to grow up.

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