Yep, I agree 100%
In my opinion, Cousins is just plain dumb. Bynum is actually smart because he loves and fixes computers on his downtime. The only problem with Bynum its just his ego and pride gets around his head, once in a while. But other than that, he is a very good player when he is healthy and he is focus.
I tell you one thing he cares more about winning than 'having fun' Kobe prefers players like that.
Sure, we get the immature moments like Bynum shooting the three on a fast break. But as you said, it's the ego and pride in his head, in his mind he had worked on threes and had confidence in shooting them so he did. wanted to add range to his game. Which Kobe understood. Like Kobe said "I'm sure they hated when he shot mid range jumpers too till they started falling."
And funny thing? Throughout camp Mike Brown about this week said to the reporter that he feels Bynum has "legitimate three point range' I saw that and did this Well he tried to tell you....
But really, his competitiveness isn't classless in the way that Cousins's is. Cousins is just immature and stupid and calls it competitiveness, Bynum is a competitor. There is a difference. There's a reason Kobe and Metta liked Bynum and couldn't stand Dwight.
Artest said when we got Nash he said "Bynum could be the best center in basketball with a point guard like Nash, if we play together it will be B-E-A-Utiful!!"
We got Dwight shortly after and they asked Metta what he thinks about getting Dwight and Metta went "Well...Dwight works hard you know... good defender.. um..." and didn't really answer the question.
We should have known something was up then.
I bet you if Nash told Bynum "roll after the screens and you'll get an alley oop" he wouldn't have said "nah!" I mean look at how the screen and roll with him and Pau was unstoppable unless you fouled him. Cause he was willing.
Then look at how "unwilling" Dwight was.. and it's sad cause it COULD have been better.. but he didn't want it so yeah.
I always did have a problem how people just threw Bynum under the bus at the prospect of getting Dwight, and I get it, I do and I agree with who was the better center. The skills were all right.. the mentality was all wrong...
And ultimately that was a factor over the talent. I'd rather have a guy not as good as Dwight but willing to do whatever is necessary to win, as opposed to a guy 10 times better than Dwight that refuses to commit.
Edited by Majesty, December 07, 2013 - 07:15 PM.