Bynum says his issues are “mental, not physical”

Bynum says his problems are mental.

L.A. Times: What’s going on with Lakers center Andrew Bynum?  “It’s mental,” Bynum said. “It’s not really physical.” That was a telling statement from Bynum, because many figured his issues were physical.  “It’s mind-set,” Bynum said. “I don’t know if it’s just because of the injury or what.”

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  • Eidraq

    artests’ problems are mental also!!
    just kidding

    bynum just needs to play within his ROLE..yes he is still a role player..this is still kb’s team and pau is still the second option…bynum needs to focus on defense defense defense..rebounds, changing shots and blocks

    he needs to realize that this star packed lakers team does not have enough touches to go around for everyone to be a 20 and 10..if you give bynum more touches that means taking less touches out from our most dangerous offensive threats, kb and pau

    if he decides to, he can thrive on defense…the only thing holding him down in that end is himself

  • kwame4mvp

    Didn’t he just say his knee is at 85-95% just yesterday? Now its just purely mental? Love the Lakers but this kid has the mansion still in his head.

  • kobe8

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    couldn’t agree more

  • 123kid

    well he needs to do other things besides score! rebound and defend! he said he wanted a shot at yao and all he has to do is defend him! if it comes to the next round and the lakers face denver, he’ll have more playing time because they have no match up for him. thats a major confidence booster since he’ll go up against birdman, but 1st finish this series out and he’ll get there!

  • http://deleted let there be light

    All i know is that YAO is giving it to bynum. he’s sayin “take that, take that”. Bynum defense and rebounding are the keys. you dont even know how to box out anymore. i watch every play he is in and it is sluggish, and he cant crash the boards. i say put in MBENGA at least he can do the things we need and not worry about points or his stats. he blocks shots and get boards thats what we need. damn bynum you dissapoint us. I know its the knee, but you only play like 15mins per game at the most. and why u frontin Yao play behind him. you are not fast enough. GASOL please give it to Yao early, he gets confussed and startds foulin, dont slow down the game with bynum

  • avcpl

    what a time to develop mental problems. it’s the freakin playoffs, what you’ve been waiting for! MAN UP!

  • gugy

    Bynum,
    Guess what? you make too much money to have mental issues, Get that fu-cking act together now and let’s play real basketball.
    We fu-cking need you now, specially with the games in Houston. Get the sh•t together fast man!

  • luke and sasha and farmar has got to go!!! and im a laker fan!

    since the playoff started i cant even think of a series that bynum was a factor in!!!

  • http://myspace.com/badlatinmutha JohnJOhn

    It’s easy baby, just Rebound and block shots. No jump shots. Everything down low.

  • Michael_23

    I knew it.

  • Mz.Nik

    HEY BYNUM MAYBE YOU SHOULD PAY A LIL LESS ATTENTION TO RIHANNA AND PRACTICE AND WORK HARDER AND MAYBE IT WOULDN’T BE “MENTAL” YOU HAVE NOT LIVED UP TO YOUR CONTRACT. I AGREE PUT BENGA IN HE PLAYS HARD

  • Kobe_Andrei

    bynum i think u should do what ever phil jackson want you to do.
    Hey man you are the missing piece in the championship puzzle that the lakers need. So do what they want you to do. You should give your best defense to Yao.
    hey phil give yao to bynum and let see what he got. Lets give this kid a chance.

  • David

    Bynum is a joke! I think KB and I are the only ones who havent jumped on this guys band wagon .. He’s mentally not ready??come on now I thought that he couldn’t wait to face yao ??WHY would you go public and say this? Andrew you need to man up because your as deserving of this championship ring as DJ Mbenga!! acutally pj put it best DJ ate you up! as is YAO ! EAT THE HEAD! EAT THE HEAD!

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