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.
Reinforcing Lopez’s clever context is the fact that Smith is a minority owner of the 76ers. Read his full piece here, complete with a final reference to DJ Jazzy Jeff.