A Classic Andrew Bynum Story
This is an excerpt from a story by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! (do we really need to type the exclamation point?) Sports about the Cleveland Cavaliers’s messy situation. Assuming you hate Andrew Bynum (you do) this is a blurb for you!
Everything the Cavaliers had done until free agency in the summer of 2013 had been to clear hurdles for James’ return. After passing on the two best center prospects to come out of the draft in the past several years, Grant made an extraordinary leap of faith on signing free agent Andrew Bynum.
After missing an entire season with Philadelphia to chronic knee problems, several teams investigating the signing of Bynum were convinced he had the desire to push through rehabilitation and be a productive player again. But no one made a serious offer to Bynum until Cleveland delivered him a two-year, incentive-laden deal that could’ve paid him $25 million. The Cavaliers preened, too. Owner Dan Gilbert tweeted, “What’s next, C.G.?” Within the league, people wondered: Why are they taking bows?
Only Bynum never made it to the early January guarantee date for his full $12.5 million salary in 2013-14, and self-destructed. He stopped trying on the floor, and became a disruptive presence in practices. Before Bynum was thrown out of his final practice and suspended, he was shooting the ball every time he touched it in a practice scrimmage, sources said – from whatever remote part of the court he had caught the ball.
I love this story. I love it. I love it. I love it.
Now obviously Bynum was a failure and it in part led to Doug Collins’ departure, but I still had thoughts from time to time about Bynum staying in Philly. What if he actually played a little bit last season–enough to sing him for a Cavs-esque two year deal?
Well, with this story coming out paired with his fantastic lack-of-give-a-shitness (patent pending) in Cleveland on the court it’s a definitive answer that Bynum wouldn’t cut it in this town. He simply doesn’t have the attitude, health, and care for the game to play under such a fast paced Brett Brown system.
Though if he was making those shots, he may have a career with the Globetrotters.