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Philly Sportswriter Recasts Andrew Bynum as the Fresh Prince

The celebrating continues in Philadelphia media circles over the arrival of Andrew Bynum as a potential 76ers franchise lynchpin. But it is Dime magazine NBA writer Freddy Lopez who wins the honors for best pop culture-flavored analysis of the big man’s time with the Lakers.

Lopez suggests that just like Will Smith in 1990, Bynum’s move from the Philadelphia/New Jersey area to the west coast was sitcom-worthy. With Phil Jackson playing the part of Philip Banks and his successor standing in on the sidelines for Carlton:

Bynum’s distinct demeanor often drew the ire of Jackson and especially, Mike Brown. He came in as a goofy-lookin’ teenager from New Jersey to the old Rolls Royce of the league, the Los Angeles Lakers. Whether it was the elbow to J.J. Barea or the blatant three-point attempt on a semi-fastbreak versus the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers weren’t going to be tolerant to what others viewed as defiance. These incidents, though, are a mere footnote to an evolved Bynum.

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Andrew Bynum Forgets He’s on Live TV, Curses

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum had the best game of his career on the glass Wednesday night, grabbing a career high 30 rebounds in a 98-84 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

But during his postgame interview with KCAL 9, Bynum clearly forgot he was on live TV and said he “shot like shit.”

Oops.

Funnier than Bynum’s potty mouth is KCAL’s delayed censor, which missed the profanity completely.

[H/T Larry Brown Sports]

Andrew Bynum NBC LA ‘Scoop’ Derided by Media Observers

LA Lakers center Andrew Bynum is once again at the center of a media firestorm for elbowing his way into the territory of the less physically fortunate. Only this time, it’s not so much Bynum’s careless caught-on-camera violation that is being criticized but rather the tone of NBC LA staffer Joel Grover‘s exclusive report.

Larry Brown of the influential blog Larry Brown Sports says Grover is the real fool here for making such a big deal out of Bynum being filmed parking in a handicap parking spot in Westchester. His sentiments have been echoed by Ben Axelrod at SportsGrid.com and several other bloggers. Writes Brown:

Bynum is the same guy who rehabbed a knee injury by partying at the Playboy Mansion, and the same guy who delayed his knee surgery to attend the World Cup. It’s not as if he’s demonstrated sound judgment in the past.

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Fox Sports West Contributor Commits Foul Analogies

Ugly. That’s the word that came mind when FishbowlLA stumbled over paragraph two of Matt Smith‘s Fox Sports West column celebrating LA Laker Lamar Odom, ahead of the power forward’s expected anointment this afternoon as the NBA’s sixth man. Check it out for yourself:

Odom is like caulk or grout–admittedly not the most flattering of analogies–without either your house falls apart. Odom fills in the cracks… all of them.

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