NBA Youth Has Much To Learn About Respect

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It is sounding like Andrew Bynum may be heading back to the Philadelphia 76ers in short order which will help Philadelphia become a better team and one that they wanted when the trade was made for Bynum in the off-season. There have been reports in recent weeks though of Bynum complaining that Kobe Bryant hurt Bynum’s growth as a player when with the Los Angeles Lakers. It just proves how immature some players are when they have attained something they dream about but yet still complain.

Bynum is a high-priced player who waited too long to have his knee surgery and now claims his growth was stunted. Wouldn’t you want a future first-ballot Hall of Famer giving you advice or helping your game? I would think that would be a great situation. It may not be something that players like Bynum want to hear though. There are a lot of players who jumped straight from high school or after just one year of college basketball that are too full of themselves and think the world owes them something.

The young players in the National Basketball Association need to learn that everything isn’t going to be the way they want it right away, and that hard work is the only way that they will get what they want. The big salaries are getting to some players’ heads and while I would love to see salaries reduced some, it just won’t happen. ESPN broadcasts every possible game these days so players are in front of the camera all the time in college, which is hurting the NBA game with selfish players. It is time for the youth of the league who don’t respect the game to take a step back.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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