When you think of Andrew Bynum playing a little hoop, it's usually with him in a Lakers uniform. But over the weekend, with his team in the middle of seven-game road trip, Bynum stayed behind for some rehab on his injured knee -- as well as a trip to the Playboy Mansion.
The event was the Playboy Celebrity Golf Scramble, and initially, a picture surfaced with Bynum carrying a playmate on his shoulders. Then came the video, one in which Bynum can be seen hula-hooping with some playmates.
Some might see this as a sign that Bynum isn't serious about his basketball career, but thankfully, Phil Jackson doesn't fall into that category. Speaking before the Lakers' loss in Charlotte, Jackson
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he didn't see any harm in Bynum's actions.
"There’s a lot being made out of that that’s unnecessary … Andrew’s a 21-year-old guy who’s been out of basketball for 5 1/2, six weeks, and he’s got to have some energy and have some fun. I don’t know if putting a girl on your shoulders or not is (wise). … But the fact that people are beating him up over that, that’s crazy. Andrew’s doing fine and he’s going to be fine.”
Phil's right about this -- any criticism being lobbed in Bynum's direction is completely unwarranted. It's not like he was put there playing tackle football, or even pickup basketball out there: he was simply having some harmless fun.