Andrew Bynum Not Handling Lakers Divorce With Much Dignity

Andrew Bynum Not Handling Lakers Divorce With Much Dignity


Between his latest off-court shenanigans and injuries, am I the only one who sees what this break-up with the Los Angeles Lakers is doing to Andrew Bynum?

How quick we were as Laker fans to forget about the legitimate 7-footer who provided the salt to fellow big man Pau Gasol’s pepper. We’ve moved on. After all, there’s Dwight Howard now. Oh look! Something shiny. Something new.

Look at Bynum now. You have to wonder what kind of deep emotional trauma we have inflicted on the By-guy that caused him to pull a Britney, or rather, the inverse of a Britney. His haircut suggests he’s a stunt double for Tracy Morgan on 30 Rock rather than a former All-Star. Doesn’t an afro just scream that he’s all but completely given up?

And why wouldn’t he? While he sits on the bench recovering from a couple too many frames in the bowling alley, the best center in the league has settled cozily into Bynum’s former role. Bynum was just a mere puzzle-piece in the trade (if you could call it that) for Howard. The Lakers were practically salivating over Dwight, and still are. Even with the coaching change, Howard is shaping up to be the golden boy, ready to take the reins from Kobe as soon as he’s ready to give them up, perhaps even before.

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Speaking of the coaching change, the Lakers are the worst kind of ex. Not only did they trade Bynum in for the one person who is unarguably better, they are bettering themselves overall. They got rid of Mike Brown and seem to be on their way back to being contenders under D’Antoni. Forget Tuesday’s game against the Pacers. That was a fluke because Kobe had the flu. It’s not like he was able to put up big numbers that night. Oh wait…

Irregardless. At this point, it’s not even for certain that Bynum will play one game for the Philadelphia 76ers. He is out indefinitely, having problems with both of his knees. Not that it matters. The East is all Miami this year. Plus with the Knicks playing as well as they are, the shiny new toy that is the Brooklyn Nets and the ever present Celtics, it’s doubtful Philly will make it out of their own division.

It’s the Western Conference that’s up for grabs and it’s the Lakers that will be playing into May while Bynum sits idly by watching, just as he is doing now.

Bynum’s arranged marriage to the Sixers is leaving both sides second-guessing. Philly gave up oodles of cap space as well as first round picks for him, thereby jeopardizing any significant transactions in the future. Not to mention: the Sixers aren’t bad. Currently, they hold a 9-6 record and are only 3rd in their division. Basically, they will finish middle of the pack and go severely unnoticed. No sympathy or leverage to be found. You better believe this wasn’t what they signed up for either.

Philly is a high-risk, high-reward market. The fans will demand you take the massive, slightly (majorly) stupid risk yet will abandon you the second that risk inevitably goes awry. With a brand new GM in Tony DiLeo, he was absolutely out to prove himself- so he took that risk in Bynum. He understood that in Philly, you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t. They are the city that booed Santa Claus for crying out loud. DiLeo had as much, if not more riding on this than Bynum ever would. With the fans’ rejection of Andrew Bynum so far, that probably makes DiLeo less popular than Bynum himself. And I can’t imagine Bynum is being welcomed to the neighborhood potluck on Struggle St.

Side note: Not that Bynum was getting along with his LA neighbors either. It was  reported on Thursday that Bynum is currently amidst litigation with his former LA neighbors over disorderly neighborhood behavior.

So as we watch our Los Angeles Lakers in this period of transition, and losses to the Indiana Pacers in our fight back to .500, patience is key. Sure there are ups and downs and bit of uncertainty, but we as fans have to believe that with a little more time and the return of at least one of the Steves, our beloved purple and gold will be okay. Lakers have a chance to pull themselves to that .500 mark tonight.

The Lakers have BOTH Mike D’Antoni and Steve Nash under a three-year contract. As long as Dwight Howard is being utilized correctly, the sun doesn’t shine brighter than LA my friends, he will stay after his one-year tender is done. The Lakers have a plan. They are the team of the future. The only question is how soon that future will come.

Even if all else should fail, just remember, it could always be worse. After all, we could be Andrew Bynum.

  • Anthony Ulrici

    Irregardless is terrible English, don’t make us Lakers fans look ignorant please.

    • Rasheed

      A word used by uneducated people intending to sound intelligent. (I use to do that long time ago)
      Used by people who ignorantly mean to say regardless. According to
      webster, it is a word, but since the prefix “ir” and the suffx “less”
      both mean “not or with” they cancel each other out, so what you end up
      with is regard. When you use this to try to say you don’t care about
      something, you end up saying that you do.

  • T. Gold

    The writing on this Laker website is extremely poor. There is no word “irregardless”.

  • Guest

    What a horribly written article. Sometimes I wonder why I still have this page on my facebook. Lakers Nation does nothing but post rumors made up by fans who can’t write (irregardless, really?) to save their lives.

    Also, the “they booed Santa Claus” lines should stop because it has become an annoying cliche. We get it, people from Philly suck. You aren’t being clever using the same lines everyone on ESPN has used.

  • Alexandra Elise

    Pretty sure irregardless is a mean girls reference guys.

  • Sti1lmatic


    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Irregardless is a word commonly used in place of regardless or irrespective, which has caused controversy since the early twentieth century.

    • ViciousGame

      Irregardless is not a generally accepted English word. You use either irrespective or regardless, but NOT irregardless.

      “Irregardless is widely heard, perhaps arising under the influence of such perfectly correct forms asirrespective, but should be avoided by careful users of English. Use regardless to mean ‘without regard or consideration for’ or ‘nevertheless’”

      Oxford Dictionary Online

      ’nuff said

  • Lana

    Why do i even come to this site anymore? The articles are terrible, and the writing is worse. This piece on Andrew is bogus.

  • Piedad137

    get well soon Bynum i was hoping iguodala and Bynum coulda meshed and beasted but i see Andre is a Nugget now..Andrews upside is pretty damn good…rooting for him regardless…..

  • Fast Wayne

    is playing with an rc car disorderly neighborhood conduct or just snooty neighbors being deuces; P

  • Bye

    Glad I’m not the only one who things this article is crap. ” Doesn’t an afro just scream that he’s all but completely given up?” Offensive to people with afros. Stupid if you think hair dictates a person’s drive and mental capacity. Bynum checked out a looong time ago.

  • Jake

    Wait, is this serious? Do you honestly think Bynum is depressed about leaving the Lakers? I mean, at the end of the day the Lakers are struggling to be at .500 and the Sixers are 10-6. But do what you lakers fans do and over react to one win.

    • maxdank420

      The lakers will contend for a title, where as the sixers will be slaughtered in the first round. You lose.

    • Cindi Venable

      And why are you here in the first place? The sixers aren’t all that either. Those tables can definitely turn on both sides of that coin bro-ham!

  • Prince

    Fail author..

  • Rich

    Love how everyone rips Philly. Yes, Philly booed a Santa Claus. I best she doesn’t even know which stadium that happened at or what year that happened in. Wasn’t it LA Fans that put a guy in a coma for goodness sake? Yet Philly gets the bad rap….

  • Rasheed

    Let bygones be bygones.
    Why are we discussing Andrew here in Lakersnation? If you want to share a story of X-Lakers player, please share positive story and try not to make fun of the guy or put him down. I liked how you guys shared a story on Big Shot Rob from Twcsportsnet.

    Writer writes with an intention.
    Reader gets the intended message, in this case your intentions are awful.

    We have so many players in Lakers team.
    Write something about them for crying out loud.
    How about how the players celebrated Thanksgiving!

    We already know he is young, immature, have knee issues. Now he is going thru rough time.
    Leave the man alone.

  • UselessPointless

    Who’d this chic sleep with to get a job?

  • trilogfromdasouth

    Terrible, cliche-filled column. Irregardless set it off… The Santa booing thing blew it up. I’m sorry, chick but you need to get it together with your journalism skills. Stuff like this makes me wonder why I even come here and read anything but box scores. Half the time, it’s hard to get to those. This is just another B/R with bad fan writing. I might as well sign up to write myself in order to make a difference.

  • maxdank420

    Calling the lakers the team of the future is hilarious. Someone should nominate this chick for sportswriter of the year.

  • J232323

    Horrible article.

  • Will

    This is by far the worst article that I have ever read, and I am not just talking about Lakersnation! I’ve read some atrocious articles on this site, but this one is far more detestable than any of those previous articles. What is the criteria that lakersnation seeks? Loathsome articles written by psuedointellectuals?
    PS: Apparently lakersnation lacks the resources to hire someone to edit this drivel.

  • Victor Hugo Lopez

    You do realized he said he wanted to and started to grow the afro while he was with the Lakers? You can’t really blame him. His doctors don’t know what’s going on with his knees so what do you expect him to do?

  • Greg Jones

    Come on, we forgot about Bynum well before he was traded. I feel like we should be paying Philly a service fee for taking out our trash. Not only do they have Bynum, they have Kwame Brown too!

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  • Matthew Lutz

    What a moron. First of all, Philly did not give up cap space in the deal, they GAINED cap space! And A LOT of it! That space may go towards resigning Bynum after this year, but then again it might not. Either way, its there. Also, Tony DiLeo was NOT the GM when the Sixers made the Bynum trade! Poor editorial job. Very poor.