Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is never afraid to speak his opinion, and as one of the greatest Lakers of all time, he's certainly entitled to it. The sky-hook legend also coached big man Andrew Bynum while he was on the Lakers, so Abdul-Jabbar had some poignant things to say about him and about the organization's off-season moves, in a recent interview with the LA Times.
When asked about what Jim Buss, Mitch Kupchak and the front office has done during the off-season, Abdul-Jabbar said:
"The Lakers did a great job this off-season improving the team, Dwight being the latest. Getting Steve Nash was a big deal. He's one of the best players in the league at his position. In addition, they replaced Andrew with Dwight Howard and that was nothing short of a coup. They've done a great job and managed to keep Pau [Gasol]. It will make for a formidable team."
But the most important thing that came out of his semi-lengthy interview was about his experience with Andrew Bynum. Abdul-Jabbar said:
"When I first started working with him, he was eager to learn. He appreciated me shortening the learning curve. Once he figured he did everything he wanted to do in terms of learning, he didn't want me to bother him constantly going over the fundamentals."
This is something the Philadelphia 76ers and their fans should worry about, or at least pay serious attention to. A player who feels he has nothing left to learn is dangerous, especially when he'll be leading the team.
This could be why Kobe didn't feel Bynum could carry the Lakers after he was gone, but gave Dwight Howard his vote of confidence immediately.
Bynum is a really intelligent guy, constantly reading books, but you can never practice the fundamentals enough. No matter how long a person has been playing, or what records they have, fundamentals are always key, and Bynum's lack of enthusiasm about them is troublesome.