Andrew Bynum: Lakers Center's Immature Comments Prove He's Unreliable

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2012

BOSTON - JUNE 13:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on from the bench in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 13, 2010 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 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.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers have the third-best record in the Western Conference, but the team's attitude will keep them from winning a championship this season.

The latest controversial comments came from Andrew Bynum, who continues to show his immaturity. 

When asked what Kobe Bryant was like on the bench during the most recent game, the center replied, "I don't know, I don't take part in the huddles."

There have been a lot of issues with the young player over the past year, but admitting that he does not listen to his coach is indefensible.

Coaches are there for a reason and there is no athlete in any sport who is too good to listen to them. 

Bynum was benched last week for making a poor attempt of a three-point shot, but apparently that was only the "tip of the iceberg."

A source told the Los Angeles Daily News that he has been disrespectful to members of the staff and other teammates for the past three weeks.

As the Lakers get ready for the playoffs, how can anyone trust Bynum to come through on the big stage?

The first sign of immaturity occurred during last season's playoffs. With Los Angeles about to be swept by the Dallas Mavericks, Bynum fouled J.J. Barea hard and was immediately ejected.

He does not seem to understand that basketball is a team sport, and it cannot be all about him. 

On the court, Bynum is still an incredible talent. He is third in the league with 12.1 rebounds per game and fifth in blocks.

However, if he can't get on board with the team atmosphere, he will hurt the team's chances of winning more than he helps.