The Los Angeles Lakers other All-Star was benched in Tuesday’s 104-101 win over the Golden State Warriors. Just days after coach Mike Browns infamous benching of Kobe Bryant, Brown sat down his second leading scorer Andrew Bynum. Tuesday night Bynum thought his jersey number (17) turned him into Chris Mullin or Brent Berry against the Golden State Warriors. Bynum attempted, and missed, a 3-point shot from the top of the key with 10:05 remaining in the third quarter and the Lakers leading 56-50. It was not an end-of-the-shot-clock situation in which Bynum was forced into the shot, as had been the case for the majority of his seven 3-point attempts in his seven-year career.
As you watched the shot you couldn’t help but say to yourself ”Did I just press the X button on my PlayStation by accident?” Then as you reached to press the reset button, you realized this was NOT a video game but real life.
Andrew Bynum after the game stated:
“I made one (Sunday), and I felt good about it, shot it; he took me out for it,” Bynum said, referring to the 3-pointer he made from the top of the key at the end of the Lakers’ 102-96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. It was the first successful 3-pointer of his career. “I don’t know what was bench-worthy about the shot, to be honest with you. I made one (against Memphis), and I wanted to make another one. I swear. That’s it. I guess (Brown) took offense to it, so he put me on the bench.”
“I guess, ‘Don’t take 3s’ is the message, but I’m going to take another one and I’m going to take some more, so I just hope it’s not the same result,” Bynum said. “Hopefully I make it.”
When asked about his benching of Bynum, Brown stated:
“That’s something that I felt could have taken us out of rhythm, and so that’s why I took him out of the game,” Brown said. “I brought him back for a little bit and then I took him out again and I just felt it was best to go with the group that we had out there.”
Bynum finished with 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting and five rebounds in 23 minutes. Going into Tuesday, Bynum was averaging 18.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 36 minutes per game, all career highs, and leading the NBA with a 58.5 shooting percentage. Bynum is having a stellar season but he barley has a 15 foot jump shot, so to try to become the Kevin Love of the Lakers is just unacceptable. If Bynum wants to develop a perimeter game; like all athletes work on it in the off season and come back next year and see how you can work it into your game. You just don’t try to work it into your game mid-season.
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Written by Melvin McLean
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