SI.com: It took Andrew Bynum 17 years to become a wanted NBA commodity; it took 24 seconds to become a punch line. That’s all Kobe Bryant needed to tell a couple of amateur video makers in a shopping center parking lot that the Lakers should “ship out” their young center if it would bring someone such as Jason Kidd in return.

But one month into 2007-08 season, it appears general manager Mitch Kupchak, in refusing to part with Bynum for Kidd at last season’s trade deadline, may not have been as incompetent as Bryant suggested he was in the same video.

In his third NBA season, Bynum, who turned 20 in October, is more than holding his own against men a decade older. Following Tuesday’s victory against the Sonics, Bynum was averaging 11.1 points on 58.5 percent shooting, 10.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks a game.

“You don’t really know what to do when you hear something like that,” Bynum said of Bryant’s barbs and being mentioned in trade rumors. “I was in kind of a messed-up situation, being only 19 years old. It makes you feel good that other people want you, but it also makes you feel good that the Lakers didn’t pull the trigger.

“I understand [Kobe’s comments] were just coming out of frustration, because nobody wants to win more,” Bynum added during a telephone interview. “We talked about the situation and everything is buried in the dirt, so everything is cool right now. [But] it motivated me to work hard over the summer with my personal trainer, and right now I’m approaching games with a lot of energy.”

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  • ab4sure

    NOW WILL THE VOICES STOP OF THOSE WHO WANT TO TRADE THIS PLAYER. IN FACT, HE HAS SHUT THE MOUTHS OF HIS CRITICS LIKE LYING FOXXY AND OTHERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO SHIP HIS A$$ OUT FOR JO AND HIS BROKEN DOWN BODY. HE HAS OPEN THE EYES OF OTHER DOUBTERS AND KOBE HIMSELF. KOBE DON’T WORRY DREW WON’T HOLD IT AGAINST YOU. HE FORGIVES YOU. AFTER ALL WHEN YOU WIN YOUR NEXT CHAMPIONSHIP BYNUM WILL BE RIGHT BY YOUR SIDE.

  • DCLAKER

    That’s because next year will come and JO WILL BE IN LA then we’ll be CONTENDERS.Boston has the CHAMPIONSHIP sown up,thanx referees.

  • ricky

    bynum will continue to develop and gain experience this season. hopefully, by next season, the lakers will be able to acquire some much needed veterans and perhaps be able to sign an all-star caliber player to help kobe and the lakers. i hope that jermaine o’neal will opt out of his contract and join the lakers next season. i will openly accept jermaine, but i will not make a trade for him.

    if we can get our hands on jermaine next season and sign some veteran and with kwame’s contract coming off the books and off the roster but i think we can sign him for lower salary because he can be a defensive stalwart for us in the post because he can at least do that fairly well, the lakers will be serious contenders in the league.

    pg: fisher/farmar/crittenton
    sg: kobe/ariza/sasha
    sf: odom/walton
    pf: jermaine/turiaf/radmanovic
    c: bynum/kwame/mihm

  • foxxy

    [Comment ID #18245 Will Be Quoted Here]WOULD YOU PLEASE STOP WITH YOUR DUMB SH#$….GET A LIFE DUDE…CANT YOU JUST SPEAK ON THE LAKER TEAM AS A WHOLE?????????????? YOU ARE A NEGATIVE PERSON…AND BORING TOO!!!

  • ab4sure

    How is Bynum doing now??? Still want to trade him for JO??? Foxxy you have to stop with the saying one thing and then saying that you never said it. Your cred is shot.

  • dj matt20

    keep bynum for now, and i don’t think we should trade for JO anymore even though he WAS an all-star before, but now i don’t think he is going to make it even close to the all-star team this year. TRADE ODOM!!!

  • http://cokespill.com/english/band/jonny.html joninjapan

    haha i read on another thread that someone wasn’t happy with bynum’s 11/11 average… apparently he should be getting 15/15 lmao

    11/11is just fine for me… if anything though 15/11 would be more welcome

  • http://cokespill.com/english/band/jonny.html joninjapan

    actually its 11/10 but no matter

    do you know what seperates andrew bynum from tyson chandler?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/stats/bycategory?cat=Fielding&sort=26

    pretty much just the number of minutes played

  • DoDoBallz

    Hes not even getting that much time and touches and still averages a double double

  • lakerfan81

    He is actually 2nd in the league (19.2) in rebounding per 48 minutes just behind Camby (20.5). He is really improved this year. He is stronger, quicker, more confident and in better shape. He still makes mistakes (last play in the NJ game) but he is clearly showing his potential. The kid is a monster on the boards. Once he learns a little more of how to pick his spots on help defense, and defensive rotations he will be pretty good. Probably a 20 10 guy a night. In a few years he will be one of the best big men in the league along with Howard (who by the is completely dominating this year) Yao, and Oden (if he comes back strong from this injury).

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

    [Comment ID #18285 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Foxxy – pipe down, you’re not a true Laker fan anyways. You’re a kobe-only fan.

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