The Lakers were finally emiminated from the NBA playoffs by Oklahoma City last night.
In his post-game locker room interview with Craig Sager a dejected Andrew Bynum basically threw his team under the bus by saying that he will "play anywhere".
No loyalty. No team mentality. No sentiment for the Lakers fans at all. For Andrew Bynum it's all about Andrew Bynum. And, despite the fact that he was born with stupendous physical skills and is a part of the most storied franchise in basketball, Bynum isists on wearing a bitter beer face.
He typifies the self-centered, entitled athlete of today.
I have heard some of the talking heads specualting as to whether or not the Nuggets should pursue Bynum in the off-season. The answer to that question is a resounding "no".
No team needs somebody as caustic as Andrew Bynum skulking about the locker room. Yeah, he's supremely talented and enormous - a rare combination - but his terrible attitude brings the people around him down.
Just for the sake of contrast ... compare Bynum to Denver's Kenneth Faried. While Bynum is sitting at the opposite end of the bench from his coach's huddle Faried is in the middle of everything the Nuggets do and almost never stops smiling. Faried loves to play basketball and sincerely appreciates the opportunities he is given. Bynum acts as though the whole world owes him something.
Bynum's caustic persona is one reason the Lakers did not advance to the Western Conference Finals. A guy like him can only get a team so far.