L.A. Times: Less than two weeks before the start of the NBA season, and Andrew Bynum laughs like he’s still on summer vacation, hopping around the center of the locker room like a giant child.
Then you look closer and realize that, when describing the key to the Lakers’ season, those words no longer go together.
He’s no child. He’s all giant.
Have you seen him? The kid who wandered into the Lakers’ locker room three years ago has become a man — huge biceps, broad shoulders, no longer gets lost in Shaq’s locker.
In nine days, he’ll be 21 years old, entering his fourth NBA season, which is exactly how long it took another Lakers high school draftee to win his first championship, a guy named Kobe Bryant.
For Bynum, it’s graduation year.
Which doesn’t give him an excuse for senioritis.
This is not a time for him to be late for practice, which happened last week.
This is not a time for him to be tentative with his rehabilitated knee, which has happened during training camp, Bynum yet to show the Lakers the full-court energy they require.
More than anything, this is not a time for his agent to be publicly popping off about the Lakers giving him a new contract.
A new contract for what?