Jan 20, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) and Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) wait for the play to develop during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Bynum to Dwight Howard: Get Used To Not Touching The Ball With Kobe Around

Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum was quick to take shots at his former team and replacement when the topic of conversation came up. Bynum said that he could sympathize with Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, because playing next to a player like Kobe Bryant can stunt your growth.

Bynum also provided some valuable advice for Howard — get used to not touching the ball with Kobe around.

“I think Dwight’s a great player, but he’s going to have to get accustomed to playing with Kobe obviously, and not touching the ball every single play,” Bynum said, per CSNPhilly.com.

“Later I thought I was able to get the ball more and do more things with the ball, so I could definitely see how at the end it could stunt growth,” Bynum said. “Winning championships there was fun. But obviously my time there is done. Health is the main concern with me now.

“I don’t regret anything. Personally, they traded No. 1 for No. 2 and that is what happened.”

It is hard to take Bynum seriously with that new hairdo and the fact that he hasn’t hit the court this season, but he isn’t that far off base. The statistics show that Howard’s numbers are down this season and it is in direct correlation to the lack of touches.

If the Lakers can win, Howard won’t have an issue with his drop in numbers. Unfortunately, the Lakers have struggled to win during the early part of the season.

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