Andrew Bynum: Lakers Didn’t Have Drive, Determination to Win Last Season
Lakers center Andrew Bynum is one of the few high-profile basketball players to confirm he has no interest in playing overseas during the lockout. The big man has spent part of the offseason boxing to keep in shape, and he got into some hot water for a handicap parking incident.
While Bynum did not address the parking offense during a recent interview with the LA Times, he did reflect on the disappointing end to the season for the Lakers. His comments were somewhat alarming if you’re a Lakers fan.
“We got embarrassed and we all need to come back focused, ready to win. You lose 4-0, there’s not much more to be said. I was the first one to admit we didn’t work hard enough to win. Let’s tell the truth. It was due to a myriad of reasons — our collective drive and determination. It’s about being accountable. Me included. Everyone included.”
Can you believe that a team led by the fearless Kobe Bryant didn’t have collective drive and determination? That doesn’t sound right. Matter of conjecture, that may even be a shot at Kobe who put Bynum down at the end of the year.
As far as I could tell, the Lakers just ran into a team that outplayed them. Granted, the Lakers gave up at the end of the series, but they were already done in by Dallas’ hot shooting.
It was surprising to read Bynum admit the team didn’t work hard enough. Maybe he’s trying to hold everyone accountable and assert himself as the team’s new leader.