Andrew Bynum Believes Kobe Bryant Hindered His Growth

kobe-bryant-andrew-bynumAndrew Bynum is now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers and his days with the Lakers are long over. Now that Bynum is across the country and does not have to see the Lakers on a daily basis, he now thinks it’s a perfect opportunity to criticize his former teammates.

Bynum spoke to ESPN Los Angeles and he talked about the impact Kobe Bryant had on his career. Even though Bynum does mention the good Bryant has done for him, Bynum believes Bryant hindered his growth as a player.

“I thought it really helped me a lot obviously at first, because he draws so much attention it’s hard for guys to double team and key on you, so it helped me tremendously,” Bynum told a group of L.A. reporters before the Lakers played the Sixers on Sunday. “Later, I felt I was able to get the ball more and do more things with the ball, so I could definitely see how it could stunt growth.”

Bynum won two championships with the Lakers and Bryant, and he became an All-Star for the first time in 2011-12. Bynum no doubt became the Lakers’ second option on offense and it was clear that Bryant developed more trust in his young center. The young center polished his offensive game and the Lakers could rely on him to score if he had the ball in the paint.

Bynum has been sidelined due to injury and he was unable to appear in the Sixers’ match against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Jerry West Speaks On Current NBA, 2014 Draft, and Kobe

The Los Angeles Lakers have been fighting to contend all season long…

As the Playoffs Approach, the Lakers Emerge as Heavy Favorites

The Los Angeles Lakers came into the 2010-2011 as two-time defending champions,…

Video: Metta World Peace Kisses Fan in Game vs. Utah Jazz

During last night’s loss to the Utah Jazz at Staples Center, one…

Lakers News: Lonzo Ball Puts Emphasis On Continuing To Get Stronger After First Practice

Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball said he still needs to get stronger after bumping into Julius Randle at the team’s first practice…