In an interesting ready by ESPN Los Angeles, Andrew Bynum offered his opinion on playing with NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant. This comment had such perfect timing since the Lakers played the 76ers last night and the fact that Bynum was traded to Philadelphia this past summer in order to get Dwight Howard. Bynum felt that playing with Kobe really hurt his game due to the fact that the ball is always in Kobe’s hands. Bynum said,
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. Later, I felt like 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.
Kobe was not offended by Bynum’s remarks. He even agreed to what his former center had to say. The Black Mamba responded by saying,
For sure, because when you’re playing with me, you obviously have to sacrifice something. Same thing with me and Shaq. You kind of off-set each other to a certain extent. So, I mean, that’s true. When he gets back and he’s healthy, he’ll come out here and he’ll be the focal point of their attack and he’ll be getting the ball more and you’ll see big games from him more consistently.
For what this side story may be worth, does anyone remember when Kobe was filmed by some fans outside of a parking lot and going off on Bynum by saying, “F***ing ship his a** out!”