Andrew Bynum has been suspended by the Cavaliers for conduct detrimental to the team, and he has likely played his last game in Cleveland. There has been a lot of speculation when it comes to why he was suspended, but the general consensus is that he doesn’t care about the game of basketball, and he is just cancer in the locker room.
Kareem Abdul-Jabar has shared his thoughts, and now another Laker legend has weighed in on Bynum. This one just happens to be his former coach, Phil Jackson:
I’m reluctant to judge ABynum’s bball intent. He is a man of many interests and has a life outside of bb, but he does like to compete.
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) December 29, 2013
Bynum had his best season under Jackson, and he was utlilized well when he was coached by Phil. He also won two championships, and made his all-star appearance while the Zen Master was at the helm. If anyone would know about how Bynum approaches the game, and the fact that he came out in his defense shows something.
There is no doubt that Bynum has some growing up to do, and until he does, he will always have this reputation. No one knows how he really feels about basketball but himself, and he needs to show that he can be productive and willing to compete every night if he wants to stay in the league.
What a strange career Bynum has had so far, and it will only continue to get more complex as this all plays out.