Posted December 29, 2013

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar questions Andrew Bynum’s ‘heart,’ commitment

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Things have gone sour quickly for Andrew Bynum in Cleveland. (David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Things have gone sour quickly for Andrew Bynum in Cleveland. (David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

One day after 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 the game of basketball.

The Cavaliers suspended Bynum after reportedly becoming aware that he “doesn’t want to play basketball anymore,” according to a Yahoo Sports report. In a Facebook post on Sunday, Abdul-Jabbar suggested the organization’s questions were legitimate.

From Abdul-Jabbar’s Facebook post:

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.

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.

These questions have long been the theme with Bynum, who has never lived up to the potential the Los Angeles Lakers thought he had when they made him a Top 10 draft pick in 2005. Abdul-Jabbar 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.

POINT FORWARD: Cavaliers suspend Andrew Bynum >


7 comments
Ken Cunningham
Ken Cunningham

Oh, Bynam has heart all right,  it's just not beating for basketball, that's all. I agree he really has it made not working and being paid a huge amount of money not to, but that's the way it is with some athletes. There are a whole lot of guys out there with talent and desire who'd play for a whole lot less just to play in front of adoring fans, and a shot at the fame and lifestyle.

Robert27
Robert27

Questions his heart? Laughable. Yo Kareem, Bynum is a dog and has been a dog for years. This is just dawning on you?

6marK6
6marK6

He does not have a heart to question. The Lakers trade Gasol and his salary and then waive Bynum. Then they can free up more money for Kobe.

dhgit
dhgit

The title of Kareem questioning Bynum's heart is a big leap from Kareem saying sometimes his heart is not in it.  Seems like they are trying to make news instead of report it

don57
don57

Must be nice to be on paid leave because you don't want to work anymore. Athletes are just clueless on how good they have it. Get a real job.


Aaron14
Aaron14

That's not true to say he "has never lived up to the potential the Los Angeles Lakers thought he had."   Overall he was very productive for the Lakers, avereging double-doubles and being a significant contributor for multiple Championships, his biggest problems started after leaving the Lakers. 

acash626
acash626

@dhgit You're right. Too many reporters/ writers are more intent on trying to make news than report news.