Watching the Los Angeles Lakers, on most nights, is like watching a soap opera. There are constant rifts between the head coach and the star of the team and there are rifts between the players that are not the stars of the teams. The new controversy that is sweeping the Lakers now is involving center Andrew Bynum.
Bynum is by no means a sharpshooter of any sorts when it comes to NBA measures. Sunday, Bynum nailed his first three pointer against the Memphis Grizzlies. Feeling lucky, Bynum tossed up another three pointer against the Golden State Warriors Tuesday with the Lakers only up six points. It did not have the same fate as his shot was off the mark which subsequently led to head coach Mike Brown benching Bynum.
Bynum would respond by missing three easy baskets in the four quarter and missing then missing the last nine minutes of play in the Lakres’ 104-101 victory over the Warriors.
Bynum told reporters:
“I don’t know what was bench-worthy about the shot, to be honest with you. I made one last [game] and wanted to make another one. I swear that’s it. I guess [coach Mike Brown] took offense to it and he put me on the bench.”
There is something wrong when it comes to a person like Bynum chucking up a shot from beyond the foul line. The first thing is that it is not his shot. Bynum only took seven three point shots before Sunday’s game against Memphis and now he feels like he has the green light to shoot whenever he wants? No.
To me, Bynum’s long distance shooting is a clear defiance in coach Brown’s leadership and role as Lakers’ head coach and for Brown to not show any authority in his conversation with Yahoo! Sports shows why Bynum is being defiant.
“If I feel like I have to take him out the game again, I’ll take him out the game,” Brown told Yahoo! Sports. “If I don’t feel like he’s playing the right way, I’ll take him out the game. I didn’t feel like he was playing the right way. I didn’t feel like we were playing the right way as a club when he was on the floor. That’s why I took him out the game.”
Bynum needs some kind of reality check. He is a player that is averaging 18.2 points and 12.2 rebounds per game this season. Three point shooting is not his game and never ever will be. The only time he should ever take a three is if he has the ball and the shot clock or game clock is about to hit zero.
If you ask me, this is Bynum’s ticket out of Los Angeles if he keeps up his actions.