It is a well known fact that Andrew Bynum is being mentored by Kareem; arguably the games best big man ever. Recently with the L.A. Times, Kareem shared some thoughts on Bynum’s progress:
L.A. Times: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a sophomore at UCLA when he was 20 years old, so forgive him if he drops his typically stoic nature and becomes animated when talking about his protégée.
Abdul-Jabbar, now in his third season as a Lakers special assistant coach, has a two-word job description: Andrew Bynum.
Bynum averaged 14.5 points and 11 rebounds in victories over Phoenix and Utah, barely a week after leaving his teenage years behind. He had eight points and 13 rebounds Tuesday against New Orleans.
“He just turned 20 years old!” Abdul-Jabbar said. “To be 20 years old and to be in this position is really great. His level of play and his effectiveness can keep going on an upward grade. I think he has every chance of doing well. In a lot of ways, he’s still a teenager, so you’ve got to give him an opportunity to get through that, but he’s greatly improved. It’s all good stuff.”