Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum is emerging as one of the best big-men in the league, but the New Jersey product is still battling maturity issues. Although Bynum has made strides to correct his attitude on and off the court, there is still some growing he has to do.
Bynum has been the center of controversies many times before, with the most major ones occurring within the past year. With his most recent rant resulting in motivation for the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs, its time to look at Andrew Bynum’s ten controversial stories.
10: Gerald Wallace’s lung collapses
In 2009, when Gerald Wallace played for the Charlotte Bobcats, he suffered a partially collapsed left lung after taking a hard hit from Andrew Bynum.
Although Bynum’s hit was not intentional, he was called for a flagrant foul and Wallace was later sent to the hospital. However, Bobcats guard Raymond Felton told reporters that he did not see anything malicious with the hit.
9: Bynum Parks in Handicap Sport
23-year old Andrew Bynum was hit with a $353 parking ticket for parking his black BMW in two marked handicapped spaces outside of a Bristol Farms market in Westchester, CA.
Bynum even refused to speak with reporters and drove off when he was asked questions.
8: Andrew Bynum Refuses Lessons from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Not many young centers have a chance to learn from the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but Andrew Bynum had that opportunity during his early years with the Lakers.
Abdul-Jabbar is considered one of the greatest players in Lakers history, and there is no doubt he greatly improved Bynum’s game. However, the brash young center felt like he could do better on his own and decided to ditch the great mentor.
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