Andrew Bynum is driving me crazy, driving his teammates crazy, driving his coach crazy, driving an entire organization into an early spring ditch.

He's doing it again. He's acting like a 24-year-old toddler. One day after failing to show up in the first half of a playoff game in which the Lakers were waxed by the Denver Nuggets, he stood sleepily in front of reporters Saturday and admitted something Lakers fans haven't heard since Dennis Rodman forgot his shoes.

Bynum said he wasn't ready to play. He said he showed up too late to complete his customary pregame routine. He shrugged and said he would be better next time. Just what he's said all these other times.

"Maybe I just wasn't ready to play," he said after scoring zero points on three shots in a first half that included a 19-0 Nuggets run from which the Lakers never recovered in a 99-84 loss. "I got there a little late, I didn't have as much time as I needed."

Seriously? Not ready? Got there a little late? Isn't that something that causes you to botch a first-period high school chemistry exam? Is that something that should ever happen in the NBA playoffs with one of the most important players for one of the most prepared organizations in professional sports?

Since the beginning of the Kobe Bryant era 16 years ago, I've never heard of a Laker admittedly not being physically or mentally ready for a playoff game.

I repeated the quotes to Pau Gasol, who shook his head and said, "Oh goodness."

I repeated the quotes to Kobe Bryant, who smiled in that sinister way he smiles and said, "Hopefully you guys will stick it to him good enough where it sinks in for him."

By the time I repeated the quotes to Coach Mike Brown, he sighed and acted as though I was reading him the weather.