Back in 2011, former Laker Andrew Bynum put these sentences out in the universe:
I’m not disappointed in myself. It is what it is. We got embarrassed tonight, so that’s what happened.
He was referring to the ignominious sweep the Dallas Mavericks put on the Lakers in the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Well, that and this:
And literally with one fell swoop Bynum ran himself out of LA. That the ABC production team had the presence of mind to cut to Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchek is a gift to be treasured. Look at that face in real time. Heads were going to have to roll and Mitch was pissed. Even though Bynum had glass knees the Lakers were invested in his eventual progress. Kareem was invested in his eventual progress. Bynum had even made the All Star team that year (his first). There were games during that year when Bynum looked like the future of the Lakers. But trying to murder JJ Barea, failing, and then tearing his jersey off netted Byram a new home in Philadelphia.
He came down with a renewed case of kneeitis almost immediately.
Deadspin is reporting today that Bynum now anticipates sitting out the entire 2013 season, solidifying his transition from All Star into interesting haircut in just over a year. Kareem is even saying Dwight fucking Howard’s work ethic is superior to Bynum’s. Its a sad fall for someone who really should be pretty good at basketball. Bynum may be good milking his last little bit in the league, and hey, his knees may really hurt. I certainly wouldn’t mind coming down with ten or twenty million dollars by age 25, then deciding to do something entirely different. But Bynum could have been a really great player, and some combination of his childrage and faulty knees is undercutting that. Shame.