Kobe Bryant Trusts Dwight Howard More Than He Did Andrew Bynum

12/18/12 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Jan 20, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24), center Andrew Bynum (17) and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) wait for a free throw during the fourth quarter at Amway Center. Orlando defeated Los Angeles 92-80. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY SportsWhen the Los Angeles Lakers played the Philadelphia 76ers, Andrew Bynum was in attendance, and he was his normal, candid self.

The thing about Bynum is that he has virtually no filter, so when asked about Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, Bynum didn't hold back. The injured center said:

“I think Dwight is a great player, but he’s going to have to get accustomed to playing with Kobe and not touching the ball every single play.”

Dwight has said before that he wants to be “the man” on a team, but he's also done things so far to make Kobe respect him. He doesn't feel entitled, which Bynum often seems to. He's also not afraid to call out Kobe, like when he said the Black Mamba needed to step up his defensive game.

To which Kobe agreed.

There's already a different dynamic between Kobe and Dwight that Bynum never had. Kobe never expressed confidence in Bynum, saying he would be the franchise player after Kobe left, but he's already done that with Dwight.

While Bynum's criticism is valid based on his own experience, it's also questionable. Kobe seems to have no problem trusting Dwight, it's just a matter of getting the ball to him.

There is a point in every close game where Kobe goes into “Mamba Mode” and tries to will the team to a win. In that case, yeah, Dwight shouldn't expect to get the ball. No one should. However, once Steve Nash comes back, Kobe won't have to be the guy controlling the game as much, which means Dwight will get the ball more often.

What this comes down to is a mixture of Kobe's will to win and him not trusting his teammates, which Bynum voiced when he was with the Lakers. He never named names, but it was obvious who he meant.

Also, with this roster and ridiculously talented starting five, none of them should expect to get the ball every time. There's too much skill and not enough ball.

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12/19/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

Bynum told Kareem... thanks but I know enough now... enough said.