Kareem: Bynum Needs to Check Ego
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and Naismith Hall of Famer, offered some thinly-veiled criticism for Andrew Bynum during a a televised interview on Friday.
Speaking on SportsCenter, Abdul-Jabbar said that Bynum needs to check his “ego” and suggested that his career year has led to his acting out and misbehaving.
“Andrew is doing very well on the court,” Jabbar said. “He just needs to try to calm down his ego a little bit.”
Bynum, 24, is averaging a career-high 19.2 points and 12.3 rebounds per game this season. Along the way, he’s beefed with Lakers coach Mike Brown, hoisted an ill-advised 3-pointer, said that he doesn’t participate in team huddles, and received a fine for his behavior.
“It’s starting to get to him how successful he’s become, maybe,” Abdul-Jabbar suggested. “I don’t know, I haven’t talked to him so I don’t know. This is just my observations from afar because I’m no longer coaching with the Lakers. He’s doing very well and it seems to have gotten to his head a little bit.”