Even before his errant three-pointer heard ’round the world and subsequent benching on Tuesday, Andrew Bynum has reportedly been a nuisance in the Lakers locker room long before. According to a report by the LA Daily News, Bynum has exhibited behavior that has not only irritated Mike Brown, but also his teammates and the front office.
All-Star center Andrew Bynum’s ill-advised 3-pointer, which prompted coach Mike Brown to bench him for most of the second half of Tuesday’s win over the Golden State Warriors, was only “the tip of the iceberg,” according to a Lakers insider.
Bynum’s shot was the latest in a catalogue of items that have annoyed Brown, his staff, the players and team management over the past few weeks. Brown had seen enough and decided to sit the 7-footer for all but 5minutes, 17 seconds of the second half.
The 24-year-old Bynum has played loud music in the Lakers’ locker room, which has been frowned upon over the years. He also has been disrespectful to members of the coaching staff and to his teammates for about the past three weeks.
The report makes even more sense after hearing Bynum’s defiant comments following his benching. Bynum, of course, has been part of trade rumors all season. And even though he’s having an all-star season, his apparent attitude gives us reason to expect the trade chatter to continue through the offseason. Stay tuned. Dwight Howard is.