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For many Laker fans, Andrew Bynum has become a magnet for controversy, but not without good reason.

The most obvious of criticisms are directly related to him not having played more than 65 games in any of the last four seasons, frequently derailed by a series of injuries that Beverly Hills Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raj told Voice of the Nation would be a perpetual problem for Andrew.

Bynum has complicated matters for himself by acting immaturely at times – most recently after delivering a cheap shot to the chest of Mavs Guard J.J. Barea and passing on the opportunity to apologize (he did officially apologize two days later). The pair of handicapped parking instances earlier this summer certainly haven’t helped matters.

You can say what you want about Drew, but while most of the NBA is busy vacationing in Europe or negotiating contracts with FIBA teams, Bynum is exactly where he should be:

In the gym.

The L.A. Times caught up with Bynum after a workout in Hollywood yesterday, and for maybe the first time in his career, Drew is saying exactly the right things…

On losing to Dallas:

“We got embarrassed and we all need to come back focused, ready to win. You lose 4-0, there’s not much more to be said. I was the first one to admit we didn’t work hard enough to win.”

On his current workout with Alex Ariza (the conditioning coach for Manny Pacquiao):

“I wanted to get more confident in my hands and get in shape.… I stumbled across Amir and saw Alex was training him, and once I saw the stuff they were doing, I wanted to do it too. I got so much better in just one week, I wanted to continue.”

Drew also spoke out on the NBA lockout, being traded for Dwight Howard and much more. You can read the entire interview here.

  • Jeffrey Thompson

    Hopefully Bynum will maintain his conditioning for next season.  He needs to stop getting injured.

    • rondo

      Move on Jeff! When are you going to get away from Bynum being injured it sound like a broken record. Bynum is healthy now so move on.

      • Oh wow hai

        Because it happens all the time you numbskull

        • rondo

          You are a stupid asshole. It’s the past leave it their you simple mother! Do you remember what you did 4 weeks ago ?  move the fuck on!

        • rondo

          You are a stupid asshole. It’s the past leave it their you simple mother! Do you remember what you did 4 weeks ago ?  move the fuck on!

        • rondo

          You are a stupid asshole. It’s the past leave it their you simple mother! Do you remember what you did 4 weeks ago ?  move the fuck on!

      • Oh wow hai

        Because it happens all the time you numbskull

  • els92

    Andrew, at his age and at this point in his career, already has a better work ethic than Shaq ever did when he was on the Lakers. Shaq would go into training camp fat as hell. I think it’s safe to say that Andrew will be in the best shape of his life when the new season does start. Hopefully he keeps it up. He’s even taking Spanish lessons and piano lessons. That never hurt anybody. I’m rooting for him.

  • Luke Sucks

    Stop being a punk and man up.  Be careful or you will become another Luke.