Chillbongo wrote: Psychobroker wrote: Chillbongo wrote: Weezy wrote:
revgen wrote:I also don't recall Bynum smiling, laughing, and joking while we're down 19 points in a game. Especially when none of his teammates are doing so.
I can't speak to the other stuff, but I definitely remember Bynum doing this, did it on the bench, people here got pissed, I still don't see it as a big deal.
Not sure about laughing, but I do remember the
there's a bank in every city
^ I never saw what was wrong with that comment? He was asked about being traded, and instead of the typical response of ""well, the nba is a business", at leas he spiced it up with "there's a bank in every city". The idea is the same... this is a business, trades happen and guys keep getting paid to do what they do.
Well it wasn't the first of under-handed comments.
I don't know...being a Laker...being a prized Laker draft pick, having been unproven, having a completely RAW game, getting the chance to work with KAJ, having the GFOAT put faith in you and wait for you to develop, passing on J Kidd when he wasn't even proven, giving you a max deal on a bum knee... etc. the list goes on.
Dude at least owed us the respect of "I'm a Laker, this is where I play this is where I want to be. But it's a business & if something happens, there's banks in every city".
Even then I would've have criticized, but his comments reflect that he was all about the $$, whether true or not.
Not sure how you can't see the adversity he had to overcome - from the lofty standard of Shaq, Kareem, Wilt hanging over his head when he was drafted (youngest ever), getting up from the floor when Shaq HAMMERED one over him, only to respond with his own on Shaq, to the Kobe vid / tirade / trade demand of May 2007, with Bynum responding 6 months later by dominating out of the gate ad would have earned his first all-star nod, were it not for that damned injury landing on Odom's foot. He fought back from that and started to dominate again, only to get injured AGAIN against the Grizz, AGAIN by a teammate (Kobe rolling into his knee) while .... even after all that, after the Kobe demands for J-Kidd, injuries, etc, he STILL came back and finally earned the all-star nod last year. Not to mention him playing solid D on Dwight in the 2009 finals when he was in there, even on that same bad knee, as well as vs Boston in 2010 (7 blocks in game 3), only for critics to pile the blame on him and say he owed US something? LOL wut?
That kid bounced back from all the adversity, the HUGE microscope and proved he could be a top 1/2 center in the league... and he's not dedicated? no fire? that was the knock on him first .. which was wrong. Yes, he has a temper and a mean streak, and also a sense of entitlement... but that's not the same as Dwight's type of shallow immaturity. That's a guy who has PROVEN himself time and again, and felt his time was last year, and he handled the challenges with coaching decisions and perimeter defense poorly.
But to say he's immature in the sense of not having his basketball priorities in order is just flat wrong, just based on how he'd always bounce back from adversity. That's what chaps my balls about all the Bynum dumping. I just don't see how Dwight would have stood that immense pressure to perform, given his passive/aggressive nature. At least Bynum says what's on his mind and doesn't [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.] around an issue.
And with that, he's having to prove himself again -- good for him, I look forward to seeing him do just that.
Now he's on the bike ... next is lateral movement/cuts in the next two weeks: