The dynamics surrounding Andrew Bynum have become quite fascinating of late. According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, the invaluable, temperamental center has been fined by the Los Angeles Lakers for "numerous infractions." Various quotes highlight his questionable recent behavior:
"I need some more shots, I think."
"I'm resting ... getting my Zen on."
"I don't take part in the huddles."
While some context can be applied to each quote, I saw "Rogue Bynum" in all his glory last week, and can assure you of his newfound public defiance. It was startling to behold, and even a bit amusing. This was back when the lumbering big hoisted from deep during a game against the Warriors, a decision that possibly helped foment the currently fraught situation.
Bynum was benched in that game, telling media afterwards, "I took one (3), I'mma take some more," as though coach Mike Brown's wishes were immaterial. With a (possible) "Zen" reference to Brown's Lakers predecessor, it certainly seems as though Andrew was happier with his former coach.
While it's easy to dismiss all this as a player acting like a jackass, Bynum may have cause to want more power within the organization, and might just be good enough to seize it. He has been LA's most statistically productive player this season, despite sharing so many touches with a frontcourt teammate who essentially plays the same position. At age 24, he is also the youngest of the team's "Big Three" and respect can be hard to come by for those ascendent among vets.