After the first month of the 2012-13 NBA season, few fans of the Los Angeles Lakers reminisce the days of Andrew Bynum in purple and gold with Dwight Howard coming in with much better attitude and more consistent play on the floor at the center position.
At this point in time, no one in Los Angeles regrets or has second thoughts about the trade that sent Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers over the summer. Bynum has been nothing but a problem in Philadelphia so far and hasn’t even played a single game for his new team with his knees acting up the same way they did when he played in Los Angeles.
As Bynum attempts to get healthy enough to return to the floor, the one-time All-Star continues to make news for all the wrong reasons. Bynum’s most recent off-the-floor issue leads back to California with the 25-year-old apparently in the middle of a lawsuit with neighbors of his house in Westchester according to TMZ.com:
Bynum — a former member of the L.A. Lakers — claims that ever since he moved into his fancy home in Westchester, CA more than 7 years ago, he’s been constantly harassed by his neighbors, Ramond and Cindy Beckett.
According to his lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Bynum says … the Becketts have objected to his “profession, his race, his friends, his cars and his taste in music.”
Apparently, this is a case of pointing fingers. Both Bynum’s neighbors and the current center for the 76ers are raising their hands in defense claiming that the other party is guilty.
Bynum is claiming that the Becketts are throwing coins at his cars, complaining about his loud music and even using a long stick to knock on the side of his house to be quiet.
The Beckett’s claims on the other hand are much more severe via TMZ:
— brandishing FIREARMS in an attempt to intimidate the Becketts
— “apparently” using drugs and allowing weed smoke to drift next door
— blasting loud, profane rap music (including the song “Currency” by Trina)
— blasting his video games at “window-shaking volumes”
— letting his dogs run loose through the neighborhood
— constantly racing his luxury cars at dangerous speeds
With Bynum’s history over the past few years, none of the above is surprising. The multi-millionaire basketball star is clearly immature, doesn’t care about how he affects others and seems to be going down a slippery slope right now.
Needless to say, the future no longer seems as bright as it once was for the promising All-Star with Philadelphia likely to reconsider signing the troubled center to a long-term deal after this season.