Former Cavaliers big man Andrew Bynum is still trucking along on the road to his NBA comeback.
Sure, things didn’t quite work out for Bynum in Cleveland, but he has a new team now, and he says he’s dead set on playing.
After a 24-game stint with the Cavs, Bynum grew frustrated with the team and became a disruptive presence at practices, which eventually led to a suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. He was later traded, then released.
"The situation there just wasn’t very good for me," Bynum said in a recent interview with Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star.
He did not work well under coach Mike Brown’s detail-oriented structure. "It’s kinda like, if I send you to the grocery store and I give you three choices for peanut butter, you’ll probably pick one easily. But if I give you 25 choices, you might stand there for half an hour. Having it be too detailed may not always be the right thing," Bynum says.
Also, Bynum raged against the shoot-first guards. During a practice, Bynum said that he launched a shot from midcourt, clearly out of the rhythm of the offensive play. Another day during a scrimmage, he did not like a call from assistant coach Phil Handy and mocked him as "a horrible referee."
"Those are the two things I did," Bynum says. "I did them on purpose because it was over there for me."
The Pacers signed Bynum in February, and while he’s still weeks away from playing, he’s optimistic about his comeback attempt.
"I want to play." Bynum told the Indy Star. "My motivation is because I want a championship."
While the big man admits he still has a lot of pain in his knees, the Pacers plan to bring him along slowly, meaning he probably won’t see the court until mid to late March.
It will be interesting to see what he brings to the Pacers, if Bynum does indeed return (which is still a big if). As put by Buckner –