Lakers News: Andrew Bynum Foolish to Compare Himself to Dwight Howard

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2012

Andrew Bynum has never had any self-awareness, but his most recent comments regarding Dwight Howard take the cake.

The Orange County Register reporter Kevin Ding supplied the gist of it:

Bynum on the Dwight Howard trade: "Personally, I think they traded No. 1 for No. 2."

— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) December 16, 2012

Next to no one enjoyed Howard's offseason fiasco, but Bynum is foolish to compare himself to Howard on the court.

It doesn't matter how gifted of an offensive player Bynum is in the low post. If he can't stay healthy, that point is null and void.

Bynum can make as many jump shots as he wants in warmups, practice, or with a Playmate on his shoulders, but that doesn't help your team win meaningful basketball games.

Howard has his faults. He created a media circus during the offseason that only comes along every so often. He can't make free throws, shown by his 49 percent from the line this season, and he's struggled to adapt to playing with Kobe Bryant.

Ding supplied Bynum's comment on Howard and Bryant as well:

Bynum: "Dwight's a great player, but he's going to have to get accustomed to playing with Kobe and not touching the ball every single play."

— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) December 16, 2012

But, Howard, at least, wants to play. Bynum seems to like the game of basketball, but he's never gone the extra mile to put himself in shape. He doesn't even take his rehab seriously, which he put on full display at the bowling alley earlier this season.

Howard just wouldn't do that. Most self-respecting athletes wouldn't, but Bynum obviously thought it was OK. That mentality alone makes Howard a bigger commodity at this point in his career.

Bynum could grow out of his immature phase, and he could get consistently healthy. If he does, the conversation could change. He's one of the most fundamentally sound low-post players that you will ever see, and he's also a capable defender.

Howard is already there though. He wants to win, and he made sure he was ready to go for the Lakers this season. He has flaws in his game, but he's still averaging 18.4 points, 13 rebounds and just over two blocks per game in his eight-year career.

Bynum has very few advantages over Howard physically or mentally. He's two years younger than the current Lakers center, but he still acts like a teenager most of the time.

Rather than making these comments, Bynum should focus on getting healthy. The Philadelphia 76ers need him, although that doesn't seem to matter to the big man.

Bynum obviously just wanted to stir the pot here. He couldn't possibly believe what came out of his mouth. If he does, his self-awareness is worse than I thought.