Andrew Bynum: Los Angeles Lakers Reportedly Fine Rogue Big Man

Ethan Sherwood StraussNBA Lead WriterApril 3, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks past Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on March 29, 2012 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.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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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.

With the volatile Dwight Howard situation extended for another season, expect more trade rumors that involve both the Magic and the Lakers going forward.