An interesting report on the relationship between the G.O.A.T., Kareem, and our young center Andrew Bynum.

InsideSoCal: For four years the relationship between the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and Bynum seemed to be a productive one.

Abdul-Jabbar took Bynum under his considerable wing, taught him post skills and footwork, while Bynum listened and grew into one of the brightest young centers in the NBA.

But that relationship now seems to be running its course, at least as far as Bynum is concerned.

Sources close to the team said that Abdul-Jabbar will be playing a lesser role with both the Lakers and Bynum this season.

With his round-the-clock tutoring of Bynum not needed as much, sources said Abdul-Jabbar would likely spend less time with the team and more time back in his hometown of New York City.

All of which seems to be a considerable letdown for the former Lakers captain, who has worked closely with Bynum since the Lakers drafted him out of high school in 2005.

Abdul-Jabbar expressed disappointment in Bynum and the situation, saying that “I think there are things that have to do with basketball that he could learn but he’s getting on in years.”

Bynum said he understood his mentor’s feelings, but that it’s not personal and just a natural evolution for him in his career.

“I understand where he’s coming from,” Bynum said. “It’s definitely tough (for him). As of right now, I have my direction and he’s still helping me. As long as he doesn’t stop helping me everything is going to be fine.”

Over the summer, the two had no contact.

Continue reading ‘Report: Has Bynum Outgrown Kareem?’

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    here we go bynum lovers!!! rejoice, finally your pupils has grown
    what a shame
    i mean kobe asked olajuwon to teach him something, and bynum ask kareem to stop teaching him everyday?????
    that is lame
    i mean who is bynum? what did he really ever do in his freaking career?
    i am glad lakers future does not rely on this loser
    but is in kobe, pow, lo, artest
    he is just an help, nothing more

    • LakersFirst

      You need to take off those Kobe-only eyeglasses you have on. NO WHERE in the article does it say Byunum asked “Kareem to stop teaching him everyday”. All it said is that they aren’t going to together everyday. Bynum himself said they are still going to workout together and watch film together.

      Quit trying to portray a negative picture of this. Bynum is a Laker, support him..oh wait, I forgot, you’re a Kobe-only fan – you only support Kobe.

  • lakerbunny

    IF BYNUM HAS LEARNED EVERYTHING HE NEEDS TO KNOW THEN WHERE IS THE SKYHOOK? K.A.J. TAUGHT IT TO HIM BUT BYNUM REFUSES TO USE IT! THE HOOK SHOT ALLOWS YOUR BODY TO BE BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR DEFENDER, THE SKYHOOK ALLOWS EVEN GREATER DISTANCE BETWEEN YOUR SHOT AND THE BASKET! HAVING A LOWER(BANGING) GAME AND A HOOK SHOT/SKYHOOK WOULD MAKE BYNUM UNSTOPPABLE, AND WOULD LENGHTHEN HIS CAREER LIKE IT DID KAREEM’S!!!!! LAKER TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT TEAMEXCHANGE.TICKETMASTER.COM CLICK ON THE LA LAKERS OR GO TO LAKERS.COM AND CLICK ON THE TICKETEXCHANGE BUTTON! HPOEFULLY A VAGIANT TRAILER WILL BE ON THE 5OO DAYS OF SUMMER DVD!!! 3POINTGROTTO ON TWITTER

    • http://www.vidaguerrasbutt.com/vida-guerra-playboy-picture-a_17.html#pic daboss1849

      The shyhook is so ga.y. That is why no one uses it anymore. Nba is all about image, you have to get paid by your endorsements. Fans want to see dunks not sky hooks.

  • lakerbunny

    SHI.T

  • http://www.jjceleb.com Megan Fox JJC

    Guys. Chill. The title of the article is overrated. Andrew wasn’t in LA for most of the summer. He trains in Atlanta in most summers. It just happened that this summer, he took a month or so off to rest his knees. This is completely normal.

  • gugy

    I agreed.
    Too much for nothing relax people.

  • http://vinginor laker raja

    I said this months ago.
    A Bynum is weak and Kareem wants more.
    B Kareem expects more from this guy and he is a baby . Cant handle pressure.
    C Bynum is trying torun Kareem out so he has a escape goat.
    D this guy is a loser Kobe smelled him out 2 years ago but backed off because managment said to leave him alone.
    E Does this clown really think he calls the shots

    • desecrator93

      LMAO I just KNEW you’d be all over this article!!! BWAHAHAHA!!!

      • LakersFirst

        Of couse Raja Bell over there was going to be over this article. He too seems to be a Kobe-only fan. Why he refuses to show support for the rest of the Lakers is beyond me? Real Laker fans support everyone who wears the purple and gold.

    • LakersFirst

      “Kobe smelled him out 2 years ago but backed off because managment said to leave him alone.:”

      Yea, because if management had listened to Kobe, we would’ve gave Bynum up for an over the hill Jason Kidd…Yea, that would’ve been much better. Can you sense the SARCASM??

      Face it Raja Bell, management no longer listens to Kobe. The Lakers called Kobe’s bluff when Kobe said he wanted to be traded (remember the Lakers looked for offers) and now Kobe has played nice and has shut up when it comes to management decisions.

      BTW: Wasn’t it Kobe Bryant who said (even prior to acquiring Pau Gasol) that the Lakers were a championship team when Andrew Bynum is in the lineup? In case you don’t remember, it was January 15, 2008, after the Lakers beat Seattle.

      • desecrator93

        Yup I remember that game too. When Kobe scored like 50+ and hit the game winner with like a second left. I think it was Ireland who did the interview.

      • PTG23

        COULDN’T SAY IT ANY BETTER THAN THAT!

  • 007

    gotta say… i HOPE this is all just media chatter. we all know how the media likes to stir up a story, even if they have to make one up. i guess we’ll see how bynum does as the season progresses…

  • http://vinginor laker raja

    Yeah the reason Kobe wanted Jasn Kidd for bynum was they had no point guard. Fisher came at the start of the season,before they even considered
    him.
    Kobe was already considering Kwame as bad as he was over Bynum. Because he lacks power.

    • LakersFirst

      I like how you ignore my point about …

      BTW: Wasn’t it Kobe Bryant who said (even prior to acquiring Pau Gasol) that the Lakers were a championship team when Andrew Bynum is in the lineup? In case you don’t remember, it was January 15, 2008, after the Lakers beat Seattle.

  • Short Dog

    These reporters are putting meaningless shit out there. Kareem is and will always be part of the Laker Organization. This fagget reporter wants to get a little fame by spreading poison.

  • Robert

    Probably Bynum’s injuries have kept him from learning faster with Kareem. Not excusing him, but it does play a part. Now that he’s had both knees trashed, it’s much more difficult to move quickly the way Kareem does (or did). Forget the Skyhook – only 1 player in the Universe can do it at all, let alone well – KAJ. Bynum tried it a ‘few’ times in games – a no-go.

    Other than that, it seems to me that Bynum just wants to go out and ‘play’ without having his basketball-daddy watching. On Kareem’s side, perhaps Kareem is frustrated and realizes that after a few years, a player begins to mold into his basketball character, and Bynum hasn’t really acquired what Kareem did ‘naturally’ (at UCLA, even before the NBA, and right at the start of his NBA career).

    But Bynum shouldn’t just ‘rain’ at clubs – he needs to go out and have ‘some’ coach help him with his post-up move. If he rejects one of the greatest ever to coach him, who else can he turn to? Kobe sought out Hakeem Olajuwon, just for learning a few good moves. Bynum should do the same … is he gonna figure things out for himself? Think not.

  • http://vinginor laker raja

    Oh yeah he can learn from Kwame ,Benoit Benjermain, Elden Cambell.All players like him no heart desire just big man.
    This guy is a PUSSY get it,
    Here Kobe s trying moves from Hakeem ,this ass hole has Kareem and dosent want to put the effort. Run this over paid baby the fuck out of here. Trade his ass Bynum,Luke Sasha ,Mobenga
    Morrison for k Durant.