All-Star center Andrew Bynum has never been shy about airing his uncensored opinions. During his time in Los Angeles, he pretty much said whatever the hell he wanted at any given time, and now that he’s been traded to Philadelphia, his willingness to shoot from the hip definitely has not softened.
Prior to today’s game against the Lakers, Bynum told a group of reporters that the last few years playing with Kobe Bryant really stunted his growth because of how much the guard dominates the ball. Here’s a look at a portion of the quote, as per ESPN…
”I thought it really helped me a lot obviously at first, because he draws so much attention it's hard for guys to double team and key on you, so it helped me tremendously. Later, I felt I was able to get the ball more and do more things with the ball, so I could definitely see how it could stunt growth."
Given the Lakers won two championships during Bynum’s tenure and were an extremely successful team, it’s a bit strange that the center looks back on his time, at least in some ways, as a bit of a disappointment because he didn’t get better. Maybe with a few seasons and more time with the ball, he’ll turn into one of the better players in the league. Then again, maybe we’ll find out he really needed all the attention Bryant got to thrive.
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