The Lakers are already in an 0-2 hole against the Mavericks in their Western Conference Semifinals series, with a two-game trip to Dallas looming. Now is not the ideal time for Andrew Bynum to be airing his thoughts about the Lakers' "trust issues."
Reporter: (paraphrasing) "What problems are most easily correctable?"
Bynum: "Ah, I mean, well ... it's deeply rooted at this point. It's obvious we have trust issues, and unless we come out and discuss them, they're not, nothing's really going to change."
Reporter: "Trust issues with the offense?"
Bynum: "Nah, individually."
Bynum could be leveling that criticism at anyone in purple in gold, but, really, the overwhelmingly likely target is Kobe Bryant. Bryant has taken 49 shots in the first two games of this series, making just 23, while dishing three assists, all in Game 2. (Bynum has taken 19 shots and made 11, for comparison.)
TNT commentators Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith ripped Bynum for the comments. Barkley said it was "human nature" to blame others, while Smith modified that by saying "That's not the human nature of championship teams." Both agreed Bynum "shouldn't have said" anything to reporters about the trust issues.
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