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Bynum Dumps Jabbar?

In General NBA on October 2, 2009 at 1:07 pm

The LA Times is reporting

I t certainly feels like a stretch making such a claim about anybody at the ripe old age of 22 (rounding up). But while Andrew Bynum clearly has plenty of maturing ahead of him, it appears that he’s reached a “big boy” milestone of sorts.  The Times and the Daily News are reporting that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’swork with Bynum will be scaled back this season.  Ditto Cap’s involvement with the team.

Bynum’s reply

On Bynum’s end, the move is being presented as little more than the natural progression of a dude whose first day at the office has long since passed.   Lakers public relations director John Black told the Times’ Mike Bresnahan, “Kareem has been an instrumental part of Andrew’s development and improvement over the years, but as Andrew is entering his fifth season, there’s a lesser need for such intensive work together.  Therefore, Kareem’s workload will be generally lessened.”

Kareem, however, is disappointed with the news – as reported by Ramona Shelbourne

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.”

Also, Shelbourne reports that Bynum and Kareem had no contact over the summer (first meeting was media day) … unlike in previous summers when Kareem helped tutor Bynum in September just prior to training camp opening.

Bynum said that it was due to his lengthily Euro-Asian trip (41 days) and the decision to train with his personal trainer Sean Zarzana. Kareem felt it was a mistake:

While Abdul-Jabbar expressed disappointment that Bynum was away from basketball for so long, Bynum said it was needed break both personally and professionally.

However, the doctors felt it was good for Bynum to rest his knees for awhile.


Kurt Rambis was another coach who received a lot of plaudits for his work with Bynum in helping him develop. Rambis is gone now too. Two of Bynum’s main mentors on the coaching staff. His support tree is, well, gone.

This doesn’t sound like a good idea … but who knows … maybe Bynum did need to create some distance, get him out of his head, and get back to playing in his own style. I doubt it … but maybe.

I thought Kareem was having a positive effect on Bynum. More likely than not this is just immaturity on Bynum’s part.

Update: Phil intends to spend more time with Drew one-on-one

Coach Phil Jackson said he’d spend some time working with Bynum. “My own focus is going to be in that direction because Kurt was really the guy that spent a lot of time with him, working on some of the details of his game,” Jackson said.

  1. Maybe Kareem would a big man coaching job in Toronto?

  2. Brothersteve,

    I think Kareem would happily work anywhere that allowed him the opportunity to further his coaching career … unluckily for him though, that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

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