Andrew Bynum shakes off trade rumors
By now, Andrew Bynum has heard nearly every potential trade scenario and has become numb to it.
In a profanity laced tirade, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told a group of fans the Lakers need to "ship his ... out" for Jason Kidd in 2007. Reports then emerged the Lakers would trade him in 2009 for Kevin Garnett. In 2010, the name changed to Chris Bosh. And just last year, ESPN presumed the Lakers would send him to Denver for Carmelo Anthony.
So even if Bynum has been considered a bargaining chip for Dwight Howard, at this point the Lakers' 24-year-old center has remained numb to it.
"I'm not shook up about it," Bynum said. "If I'm here tomorrow, that's great. If not, that's still great; I still get to play basketball, it will just be for someone else."
Regardless on where that will be, Bynum finally enters a season in which he's fully healthy. He added agility after working out with famed boxing coach Freddie Roach. He cut down to 278 pounds after reporting to camp last season at 285. He appeared eager after Friday's practice at the Lakers' facility in maintaining mostly the same defensive responsibility in remaining close to the basket and disrupting players who funnel into the lane.
Bynum may experience some maturity issues, coming off parking illegally in two handicapped spots and facing a five-game suspension for throwing a forearm last season at Dallas guard J.J. Barea. But as far as handling trade speculation? Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom could learn a thing or two from the young center.
"It's been that way the past four years," Bynum said. "I don't really think about them. It doesn't matter. I show up and play for this team."
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