Say the name "Andrew Bynum" in Philadelphia and you'll probably receive a scowl an earful of angry words and maybe if you aim the utterance in the right direction an apology. Like this one from Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil on a Philadelphia radio station in July: "I apologize on behalf of the Sixers to any fan who invested and thought Bynum was going to be their guy and be the savior." Talk about Bynum in Los Angeles and you're likely to hear about the time the 7-foot center clashed with then- and now-coach Mike Brown over a mistimed 3-pointer during a game and earned an immediate seat on the bench. Or the time former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant publicly blasted the young center and moaned he should have been traded eons ago. "F------ ship his (butt) out" Bryant told a couple fans with a video camera in 2007. Mention Bynum in NBA circles around the league and you're certain to hear about the loads of potential crammed into his 84 strong and agile inches if he can stay healthy. You might hear about the growing volumes of his knucklehead moves – injuring his knee while bowling for starters – and his ability to confound and frustrate those who try to harness his ability. There is one positive in all this. "He really doesn't let other people's opinions define him" his mom Janet McCoy told The Plain Dealer. Which of course is probably for the best. Defined by others Bynum would be a head-case and a slacker someone who wasted away the entire 2012-13 season with the Sixers a player who didn't take care of his knees and who didn't try hard enough to get healthy after he was traded to Philadelphia as the main compensation in a deal that sent Dwight Howard to L.A. Defined by those who know him Bynum is a complicated big man one who works hard has powerful-yet-nimble limbs and an ever-churning brain that yearns to take apart and rebuild anything complex and needs to be challenged constantly.
Complicated, talented Bynum won't be defined by others' expecations
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Sep 27