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Bynum's new nickname: Socks

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By Michael Lee, Washington Post Staff Writer; Thursday, March 23, 2006; Page E01

As Los Angeles Lakers rookie Andrew Bynum strolled into the shower after a game in November, veteran guard Aaron McKie looked down at Bynum's feet and noticed that the 7-foot center was wearing calf-high tube socks. McKie didn't think anything of it until the next game, when he shook his head in disbelief as Bynum did it again.

"I'm like, 'Why do you keep wearing your socks in the shower?' He said, 'I don't have any shower shoes,' " McKie recalled with a laugh. "I'm like, 'Are you going to wash your feet?' "

Bynum later explained that the Lakers hadn't ordered any shower shoes to fit his size 18 feet, leaving him with "wet socks all the time." When Bynum finally got a pair of shower shoes a few weeks later, he quickly showed them to McKie, who smiled and gave him an approving nod.

By then, however, Bynum already had been tagged with a new nickname: "Socks."

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