Spoiled Laker Brat
May 8, 2011 13 Comments
The enjoyment of watching big market teams with a spoiled fan base lose the way the Lakers did Sunday afternoon is precious. It may have been pathetic to have seen Laker fans booing their 2-time defending champions at the Staples Center but it made the defeat that much more pleasurable.
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It almost makes you feel sorry for the players when they have done so much for a city but the city continues to act like a classroom of toddlers.
Seeing Andrew Bynum give a vicious forearm shiver to a vulnerable J.J. Barea showed us that it’s not just the fans that are spoiled. If the city of L.A. has been acting like toddlers then I guess Andrew Bynum’s behavior resembled that of a newborn baby.
The chance at a 3-peat, for most players, is a once in a career opportunity. The frustration had built up in Andrew Bynum. He had seen his veteran, reality star teammate Lamar Odom give a good shove to Dirk Nowitzki.
No big deal.
However, the volcano erupted in the form of one of the most classless acts you will ever see in the NBA. The victim was J.J. Barea.
A helpless, airborne, 6 foot 175 pound J.J. Barea.
Andrew Bynum took his anger of getting swept and embarrassed out on the first opportunity that presented itself to him. It could have been an 8-year-old child driving to the hoop for the layup and Bynum wouldn’t have cared. His chance at a 3rd straight championship, where he could have played an even bigger part than in each of the 2 previous ones was gone.
Andrew Bynum didn’t get his way so he acted like any spoiled brat would.
Andrew Bynum should be taught a lesson. He deserves at least a double-digit suspension. It shouldn’t matter that J.J. Barea was able to come back on the floor, not that Rick Carlisle had any reason to put him back out there anyways.
But you wonder what goes through the mind of him. Where is the grace in losing to a team that has deserved the victory? Accept it and move on.
Where does this sense of entitlement that Bynum displayed in that 2 second span come from? Show some respect for your fellow player.
Maybe if the fans handled the circumstances a little bit better, Bynum doesn’t feel the same frustration and sense of entitlement that he demonstrated. He has lost a great deal of respect for one foolish act.
It sure isn’t Phil Jackson pampering Andrew Bynum and the Lakers.
Kobe Bryant went out the way a true champion should. He went out fighting. Andrew Bynum threw a tantrum.
You can argue that it was merely a lapse in judgement but after seeing Odom get thrown out for much milder “hit,” he should have taken it upon himself to be the bigger man.
I guess for a spoiled brat that just wasn’t possible.
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