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Lawsuit says Andrew Bynum is a 'terrible neighbor'

By Zach Harper | NBA writer
Luke Walton definitely isn't Bynum's neighbor. (Getty Images)

Apparently when Philadelphia 76ers' center Andrew Bynum isn't injuring his knee bowling, he's busy being a terrible neighbor in the city of Los Angeles. While Bynum continues to go through a frustrating knee rehabilitation so he can finally make his debut with the Sixers, he's having to deal with some issues in court.

According to USA Today, Bynum is being sued by two former neighbors in the Westchester section of the greater Los Angeles area. The lawsuit appears to be a counter suit from one Bynum filed against the couple on June 1, saying that his neighbors harassed him. This is already turning into the worst neighborhood potluck ever.

Here's an excerpt from the couple's suit:

The Becketts go on to write: "Bynum has demonstrated open contempt for the Becketts specifically and for the neighborhood generally by blasting loud, profane, and disrespectful music and video games at window-shaking volumes; by letting his dogs run loose through the neighborhood; by apparently engaging in illegal drug use and permitting marijuana smoke to drift into the Becketts' backyard; by constructing a fence on his property which is not in compliance with the community codes and regulations; by conspicuously brandishing firearms in an attempt to threaten and intimidate the Becketts in retaliation for their legitimate complaints; and, perhaps most seriously, by recklessly racing his luxury cars through the neighborhood at dangerous speeds where children or others could be injured or killed."

Bynum has allegedly denied all of these claims and the Becketts have sold their house.

Part of me wants to believe this is just a misunderstanding. Maybe Bynum was really excited about a new gun he purchased and was waving it in the air so his neighbors could see his newest purchase. There's nothing wrong with being excited about something new. Maybe Bynum was blasting the video game Skyrim and because Mr. Beckett wasn't as far along in the game, he thought the former Lakers' center was being rude.

Then Bynum went bowling and took an arrow to the knee.

(Note: I don't really know what Skyrim is but I know this is a popular joke with the kids. And by popular, I mean people were making this joke six months ago.)

Perhaps Bynum was letting his dogs patrol the neighborhood as part of a neighborhood watch program, and his former neighbors are allergic to the dander. And if Bynum blasting Justin Beiber is considered a noise complaint and a crime, then lock me up.

I doubt Bynum is a terrible neighbor, unless JJ Barea moves next door. If the Becketts are Clippers fans, it makes sense that they'd bring up this countersuit and have all of these problems with Bynum. This Clippers-Lakers ownership of the city battle has gotten intense.

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