Andrew Bynum Improved Doing the Opposite of Everything Kwame Brown Taught Him

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers turns as Brian Cook #34 of the Los Angeles Clippers falls during the game at Staples Center on December 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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After watching a Los Angeles Lakers game this season, you come away just amazed watching Andrew Bynum and the improvements he's made over the last couple years.

Bynum has turned himself into a beast on the blocks, and Lakers fans have one man to thank for it.

Kwame Brown.

At least according to Brown, he has had a lot to do with the success and maturity of Bynum.

In one of the dumber statements of all-time, Brown offered up to the Los Angeles Times:

“He’s a grown man now,” Brown said of his former Lakers teammate. “He’s grown into his body well. He’s a lot more physical than when he first came in…

“That was my young fella,” Brown said. “I taught him everything he knows…I’m one of the better defenders in the league, and we played against each other every day in practice,” Brown said. “I told him if you can score against me, you can score on anyone.”

I sure hope he was jokingif not, he's delusional.

In fact, there's a much better chance that Bynum is evolving into a force by doing exactly the opposite of what Brown taught him instead of following his lead.

My favorite part of the statement was the part about Brown being one of the best defenders in the league and if Bynum could score on him then he could score on anyone.

To give Brown some credit, if there is anything he can do a decent job of, it's defending and bodying a guy up in the post, but let's also be brutally honest.

Guys have made a living scoring on Brown his entire career.

Let's also be honest about the timing. Most of Bynum's improvements came long after Brown left Los Angeles. Bynum was busy getting better while Brown was cementing his status as a bust and playing for his fourth team.

So while Brown wants some credit for Bynum's rise to stardom, he gets very little if any at all.

Maybe he sees in Bynum exactly what he should have become as a former No. 1 overall pick.

Bynum still has some work to do on his game overall, but i can pretty much guarantee that Brown is one of the last people he will seek for advice.