It was a moment that provoked outrage around the league and within the Lakers family. It also overshadowed what should have been a moment of growth for Bynum.
He was arguably the Lakers MVP after the All-Star break, the centerpiece of the team winning 17 out of 18 games. Bynum averaged a near double-double in the postseason (14.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game), but all of that disappeared with one forearm.
It also didn’t help matters that Bynum called the team out after its Game 2 loss. On the one hand, you could salute him for stepping up, but on the other, he has to be able to back up those words night in and night out, something he hasn’t done in his career.
If there is going to be a 2011-12 NBA season, Andrew Bynum has extra pressure to succeed because he carries quite a few burdens on his shoulders. Here are a few reasons why.