When I first read these Andrew Bynum quotes from before the Sixers-Lakers game last night, I thought Bynum was humbly acknowledging that the Lakers traded him, a number 2, to get Dwight Howard, undeniably a number 1, because that’s what a non-loon would say. And that’s what a reasonable person would expect to hear.
Not from Andrew Bynum, who is a loon.
When asked about being traded for Howard, who had 17 and 11 last night as the Lakers thumped the Sixers, Bynum, who combed his hair like a Pimp Named Slickback, offered up the following: [CSN via Liberty Ballers]
"I think Dwight's a great player, but he's going to have to get accustomed to playing with Kobe obviously, and not touching the ball every single play."
"Later I thought I was able to get the ball more and do more things with the ball, so I could definitely see how at the end it could stunt growth. Winning championships there was fun. But obviously my time there is done. Health is the main concern with me now."
"I don't regret anything. Personally, they traded No. 1 for No. 2 and that is what happened."
If you read that again, or didn’t skim it like I originally did, you’ll notice that Bynum said he was the number one. I don’t think I need to list the reasons why that statement, especially at this time, is preposterous. But if you’d like, I’m sure Rach Recklesss could give you a few– since she's longtime friends with Bynum.
What struck me as even more passive-aggressive was Bynum’s jab at Kobe, who went out of his way last week to compliment Bynum.
Said the rapist: [Philly.com]
"He can do everything," Kobe Bryant said after Friday's 102-96 Lakers win over the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center. "There really isn't anything he can't do."
"The biggest thing for Andrew is just his health," Bryant said. ". . . If he gets healthy, they have an incredible, incredible center."
"He is a pretty even-keeled guy, but he has a temper which I always enjoyed because he was always kind of on edge," said Bryant, whose team is just 10-14 and snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory over the Wizards. "I just hope he gets healthy."
Bynum’s dig at Kobe’s ballhogginess (how I interpreted it) stunting his growth, while perhaps accurate, is fairly ballsy thing to say, especially for a guy who stunted his own growth this year by bowling a bit too aggressively.