Pete Newell is arguably one of the greatest ‘big man’ coaches of all time. Good to know he’s taking a liking to Andrew. Lets just hope he’s right.
LA Times: Andrew Bynum will turn 20 in three weeks, a young 7-footer asked to grow up quickly . . . again.
Last season could be described only as an experience, a torrid start dissolving into a frigid ending, complete with a total of two points in the Lakers’ last two playoff games.
In case things couldn’t get worse, the infamous amateur video with Kobe Bryant surfaced midsummer, a reminder that at least one player didn’t think much of the team’s 10th pick in the 2005 draft.
In Bynum’s corner, however, is one of the original big men, proprietor of the internationally known Big Man Camp.
If they’re 7 feet tall and claim to have even a dollop of basketball ability, Pete Newell has seen them over the last 30 years — from Bill Walton to Hakeem Olajuwon to Shaquille O’Neal. Now 92, Newell has taken a keen interest in Bynum, who has attended two of his camps.
Newell saw what any Lakers fan saw of Bynum last season — strong beginning, horrific finale — with further detailed observations from his trained eye.