Bynum was benched by Lakers coach Mike Brown Tuesday for attempting a three pointer during the third quarter of the team’s win over the Warriors. Bynum apparently was feeling it after making the first three of his career Sunday against the Grizzlies, so he tossed one up early in the team’s possession. Brown was upset with Bynum for jacking up the shot.
“If I feel like I have to take him out the game again, I’ll take him out the game,” Brown told Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears. “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 remained defiant and intends to go against Brown’s wishes.
“I guess don’t take 3’s is the message. But I’m going to take some more,” Bynum said. “I just hope it’s not the same result. I hope that I make it.”
We understand Bynum is trying to work on all parts of his game, but the Lakers don’t have him out there to be their Steve Kerr. Pau Gasol expects Bynum to follow the coach’s directions and do what’s best for the team, but Kobe Bryant found Bynum’s attitude funny and says he can relate.
Let’s just call this what it is: the latest example of Andrew Bynum having a bad attitude. Don’t let his nice guy smile fool you; there is a long list of immature behavior from Bynum over the past few years.