Discord Growing Between Brown, Bynum?
In the latest episode of the Los Angeles Lakers’ long-running soap opera, suddenly 3-point happy center Andrew Bynum was sent to the pine for not playing “the right way,” one game after Kobe Bryant was benched.
Bynum made the first 3-pointer of his seven-year career in seven attempts in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. Feeling suddenly confident in his deep jumper, the All-Star surprisingly tossed up another that didn’t fall as the Lakers held a 56-50 lead with 10:05 left in the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. Bynum was sent to the bench shortly after the ill-fated shot and appeared to play uninspired while missing all three field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter before being benched the final 9:10 of the Lakers’ 104-101 victory.
“I don’t know what was bench-worthy about the shot, to be honest with you,” said Bynum, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes. “I made one last [game] and wanted to make another one. I swear that’s it. I guess [coach Mike Brown] took offense to it and he put me on the bench.”
That’s where Bynum sulked. He didn’t join the huddle during timeouts after being sidelined.