May 6 2011
If you’ve been too busy getting the Coronas on ice and buying fatty taco supplies for Cinco de Mayo, and haven’t turned on ESPN then you might not know of Andrew Bynum’s post game comments following LA’s game 2 loss to Dallas…
Here is what the dirty Jersey native said, “Obviously we have trust issues, and unless we come out and discuss them, nothing is going to change…It’s quite obvious to anybody watching the game. Hesitation on passes. Defensively not being there for your teammate, because he wasn’t there for you before. Stuff like that, those things.”
Now everyone and their mother on ESPN took the headline “we have trust issues” and ran with it without breaking down what Bynum actually meant, because there is something much more glaring in those post game comments. Trust issues could mean that you don’t trust your teammate to make an open shot, or you don’t trust him to grab a rebound…etc
But the real issues in Bynum’s comment are when he said, “not being there for your teammate, because he wasn’t there for you before.” Now that phrase right there is an atomic bomb of a statement in the world of sports, and shows some SERIOUS chemistry issues in the LA locker room. When a player admits that his teammates aren’t helping him succeed, Vice Versa, due to personal issues, then LA we have a BIG problem.
In sports when a game begins, regardless of your personal relationship with your teammates, you PLAY TO WIN THE GAME (Herm voice). If a player is not on the floor to maximize his team’s chances to win, which involves helping his teammates, then the team is not a team and better fix something fast. Even in my Vernon Gholston career at Colgate I played hard every practice snap (hahah) even if I thought the kid next to me was a huge D bag who cock blocked the hell out of me the night before…
Now this is my theory on the Bynum situation….
Bynum feels that he is not getting help from Gasol and other Lakers, and Bynum also happens to have a bad relationship with these guys. Hence Bynum thinks that his teammates aren’t helping him on the court (help defend, stop driving lanes, give him the ball in the post etc..) and Bynum is not helping them back…Listen to these comments (scroll down to first video via ESPN LA)
This is what Bynum said in regards to his game 2 play, “I did things that hurt us more so then you know the things I did well, So tonight I would definitely give myself you know a D, a F D… Cause you know I didn’t come out with that intent to stop the basketball, maybe I could have gotten a hard foul, maybe I could have done a lot of different things.”
Bynum is pretty much saying I didn’t play hard for my teammates tonight, because they didn’t play hard for me. LA better get that team together to go hit up one those LA rub and tugs cause I hear they are pretty good out there and never fail to offer them free happy endings. We all know Gasol needs one after breaking up with his long time girlfriend/ fiance…SHOTS