Abdul-Jabbar: Andrew Bynum not consistent with commitment to game


jabbar-bynumAfter the Cleveland Cavaliers suspended center Andrew Bynum, the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — who has worked with Bynum in the past — questioned Bynum’s “heart” and commitment to basketball.

The Cavaliers suspended Bynum after reportedly becoming aware that he “doesn’t want to play basketball anymore,” according to a Yahoo Sports report.

Abdul-Jabbar on Sunday said in his Facebook post that Bynum doesn’t seem to be commited to the game.

“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 a lot of frustration for any team that has signed him,” NBA Hall of Famer wrote.

“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,” Abdul-Jabbar said.

He went on to add that in his opinion, Bynum 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,” said Jabbar, who worked with Bynum earlier in his career, but stopped in 2009.

On Sunday, the Cavaliers lifted Bynum’s suspension but still excused him from all team activities, meaning he’s on paid leave away from the team. The Cavaliers are attempting to trade Bynum, according to reports.

While several reports indicated that Bynum simply got tired of playing basketball, there are still teams in the league that would probably be willing to take their chances with Bynum, if they agree to sign him. Two of these teams are the Miami Heat and LA Clippers.


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