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Andrew Bynum Caught Parking in Handicap Spot, Real Fool is ‘Reporter’ Joel Grover

Of all legal infractions athletes commit — we’re talking sexual assault, spousal abuse, DUI, and weapons possession — parking in a handicap spot is about the lowest on the rung of offenses. Don’t get me wrong here, I think it’s indecent to park in a handicap spot if you don’t have a placard, but that’s more immoral than it is harmful.

When Lakers center Andrew Bynum was busted for taking up two handicap parking spots while going shopping (picture above via NBC LA), we found it amusing. This is the same guy who rehabbed a knee injury by partying at the Playboy Mansion, and the same guy who delayed his knee surgery to attend the World Cup. It’s not as if he’s demonstrated sound judgment in the past.

While we don’t condone misuse of handicap parking spots, we also don’t consider it akin to double homicide the way “investigative reporter” Joel Grover does for NBC LA. Seriously, this guy has issues.

This Joel Grover character must be fairly new on the reporter beat because he thinks handicap parking violations are the most reprehensible crime in the world. After obtaining top secret footage! and exclusive pictures! of Bynum’s unlawful behavior, Grover went to Bynum’s house to try and catch him in camera in a “gotcha” moment (see the report here). Let’s think about this one for a sec. Who’s the bigger idiot here, the guy who misused a handicap spot, or the dude chasing down the “story” as if he saw Bynum strangle four innocent midgets?

As if his joke of an “inside report” isn’t embarrassing enough, Grover tossed in these salacious tweets to hype up his wannabe story. Ready for this?

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Lakers Are Andrew Bynum’s Team Now?

The Lakers are a team in transition. From the moment they got swept by the Mavericks in the playoffs, throwing punches on their way out, you knew change was coming. Phil Jackson was walking away at the end of the season so the team would need a new coach. They selected Mike Brown, a defensive specialist, without consulting Kobe Bryant. We have said that the Lakers are still a championship team and that they just need a few pieces to get back to the Finals. Apparently there is a different mentality on the inside.

Veteran Lakers reporter Roland Lazenby wrote on HoopsHype.com that the Lakers have become Andrew Bynum’s team. Even though it was fairly easy to see that Bynum was becoming a key component of the franchise, it’s still a pretty shocking thing to read, especially for a team that still has Kobe Bryant.

Lazenby writes about the Lakers “The message is clear: Brown is Bynum’s coach, and the team belongs to the young center as well.”

“It’s obvious that that is what’s going on,” said one longtime Lakers insider. “Jim Buss is setting up Drew.”

As I said, we’ve realized that things were moving in this direction. However, it’s still shocking to read that this transition is happening earlier than expected.

If anyone will be resisting this movement (besides half the fans in LA), you know it’s Kobe Bryant. As recently as May he was quoted as saying he’s still the top priority in the Lakers’ offense and that Bynum will have to fall in line.

The Lakers may still compete for championships the next two seasons, but you better believe there will be a conflict over who really controls the team. If there’s anything the past has taught us, it’s that we shouldn’t expect Kobe and his ego to back out.

Chest bump to IamaGM.com

Enough of the Forced Apologies, Reggie Bush, Rashard Mendenhall, Andrew Bynum

Wthe immediacy of modern technology, it is way too easy to write something or disseminate information that will be regretted about 3½ seconds later. (Please see: many of the other articles I have written.) Imagine if the requisite hackneyed apology existed throughout history. Nero: “Perhaps in retrospect, I probably should have done something else but play a lousy musical instrument while Rome burned to the ground.” Ivan The Terrible: “I got a bad rap. It’s not like I chose that nickname.” Attila the Hun: “I’m sorry for my actions. This is not how a barbarian is supposed to act.” Fortunately for these figures, immediacy of communication was a little spotty. Perhaps if there were YouTube clips of the Massacre of Novgorod or CNN footage of the Battle of Châlons, then things would have been different. (Feel free to Google the references.) Anyway, the recordings would be grainy. Flash forward to the present generation, where actions are posted and relived on the Internet before the left brain has had a chance to figure out what the right brain just did.

Sports figures give modern society innumerable chances to teach lessons to others by repeatedly completing the sentence, “See what happens when you…” To break it down into perplexes and oh no’s, the general playbook of athlete stupidity usually reads the same way: 1) Commit Stupidity 2) Wait for public backlash 3) Make heart-felt/gun-in-the-back apology at the request of media/PR person 4) Enumerate the number of people and entities you’ve let down and how you’d like to learn/move on from said foolishness and no longer answer any questions on the topic so as to not revisit the past (where have you gone, George Santayana?).

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Andrew Bynum Is Third in Pecking Order on Kobe Bryant’s Lakers, Says Kobe

Should the Lakers blow up the team as Magic Johnson suggested before the series with the Mavericks even ended? Or should they keep the core together and just make some tweaks, as our Shane Baker suggested? I’ve said the team is too good to completely break apart and instead figure they need a new coach and some wing players who can shoot and defend the perimeter. Kobe Bryant is of the same mindset, believing this team is too good to break up just because they didn’t reach the Finals for the fourth straight year. In fact, he believes the pecking order needs to remain the same.

Speaking about Andrew Bynum being raised on the chain of offensive priorities, Kobe said “Ultimately, he’ll have to fall in line because I’m gonna shoot the ball. We all know that. Pau is going to get his touches. He’s No. 2. And then [Andrew] will have to fall in line.”

Many people felt like Bynum was a key player and one of the few Lakers to produce against the Mavericks and that he should have had more touches. Other people wondered why Kobe didn’t “close” games in the playoffs the way he normally does and figured it was a sign this was becoming a team more built around Bynum. But if you thought that pattern was going to continue into the future, think again. Kobe still feels this is his team and that he’s the top option.

Is there any wonder why some younger, emerging stars want to escape the shadow of superstars so they can show what they can do? It takes a special player, who has a lot of patience, to hold back despite knowing he can do a lot more. For now, barring a trade, that will have to be Andrew Bynum. Unless of course the Lakers’ front office or new coach decides otherwise.

Los Angeles Lakers Should Look to Past on how to Fix Team for Future

Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum killed the Los Angeles Lakers. Ron Artest is a mess. Lamar Odom could net L.A. some great pieces. The Lakers should trade for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. It’s the only chance L.A. has to ever win another title again. That’s the only way Mitch Kupchak and Dr. Jerry Buss can fix the Lakers in the offseason!”

Seems ludicrous? Nonsense! This is Hollywood and there are no limits to one’s imagination, regardless of how asinine and improbable the notions may be.

You think I’m making this up? I wish I were this crazy creative. Unfortunately, I’m not but I do happen to live in Los Angeles, where what seems to be the End Of Days was triggered when the Dallas Mavericks, a very capable team, swept the Lakers out of the playoffs in the second round. As soon as the season ended, the chaos began. Just tune in to any LA sports radio station and listen for yourself. Laker fans are going crazy with their opinions on how to “fix” the Lakers thinking of every conceivable method except for the most obvious and correct one.

The best way to “fix” the Lakers is by hiring a good coach to replace Phil Jackson. Then they need to find nice young point guard and a wing or two that can shoot the long ball — chicks dig the long ball.

But the core of this team? You absolutely do not mess around with this core. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom aren’t just vital; they should be considered untouchable.

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Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom Cheap Shot Videos Show Classless Behavior

The Lakers are so used to winning and going far in the playoffs they had no idea how to react when things didn’t go their way. They have become so spoiled by their success they had to resort to cheap shots when they were losing to make up for their poor performance. A bitter Ron Artest clotheslined J.J. Barea to end Game 2 of the series and ended up suspended for Game 3. Andrew Bynum did the same thing to Barea at the end of Game 4 and will likely have to miss games to begin the ’11-’12 season. Check out the video of the play and tell me it wasn’t sickening to watch.

That was truly pathetic of Bynum, and it’s sad they had to pick on a guy like J.J. Barea. If you didn’t want Barea to do well, you should have stopped him when it mattered. The sad thing is Bynum’s cheap shot only came slightly after Lamar Odom shoved Dirk Nowitzki out of nowhere. Don’t think Bynum and Artest were alone … Odom even beat Bynum to it:

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Are Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant Fighting Over Girl Trouble?

The Los Angeles Lakers are down 2-0 to the Dallas Mavericks and face a pivotal Game 3 Friday night. It’s looking bleak for the Lakers and a lot of their problems seem to be related to “trust issues,” as Andrew Bynum described it.

Many people didn’t know what to think of Bynum’s postgame comments, but it’s painfully obvious the Lakers aren’t playing the brand of basketball that’s gotten them to three straight NBA Finals and netted them back-to-back championships.

A lot of the Lakers’ struggles have been pinned on their superstar power forward, Pau Gasol. Pau’s averaging just 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game against Dallas in the postseason and a putrid 13.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in the 2010-11 playoffs, all below his All-Star worthy season. Now we’re hearing that Pau may be sulking because of personal problems that may also involve Kobe Bryant. The OC Register explains:

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