Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Andrew Bynum has potential, lacks commitment

I believe Andrew has always had the potential to help a team when he puts his heart into it. He just doesn’t seem to be consistent with his commitment to the game. That can lead to alot of frustration for any team that has signed him.

When I worked with Andrew I found him to be bright & hardworking but I think he got bored with the repetitive nature of working on basketball fundamentals day in and day out… but they are the keys to long term success.

In my opinion Andrew is the type of person who walks to the beat of “a different drummer”. So we won’t know the facts until Andrew decides to tell us what actually is the issue and shares his thoughts.

— Former Lakers center and legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Andrew Bynum, the recently suspended Cavaliers center. In 2009, Bynum was working with Kareem while with the Lakers, but stopped after he felt that he “outgrew” the help of the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. “When I first started working with him, he was eager to learn,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “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.” Bynum’s suspension was lifted by the Cavaliers Sunday but he remains excused from all activities while the team attempts to find a trade prior to January 7.

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    Are we just gunna ignore the ugly rumors swirling around bynum?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Roger Roger!!