lukewaltonsdad wrote:Good for Bynum...he'll do well. That positive environment will do wonders for him. Best of luck, Bynum...rooting for you...
Latest with Andrew Bynum
February, 28, 2014
By Nick Borges | ESPN.com
Andrew Bynum is still working to improve his conditioning and Thursday he participated in some three-on-three drills. Bynum might be available for game action soon, although head coach Frank Vogel doesn't know when that might happen.
"The goal is to get him to the point where he's able to play every night," Vogel told The Indianapolis Star. "We don't want him to play one game and sit three games."
Bynum has been with the Pacers since Feb. 1 and he'll only have a minor role whenever his knees and conditioning are good enough to play.
"We know what we can expect from him when he's healthy and in shape. He's one of the best centers in the NBA," Vogel said. "We've seen flashes of that in practice that he's shown here."
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.”
Rooscooter wrote:So..... What have we learned about Andrew?.... When he launches a 3 pointer it's over......
I like the guy too. He's got a level of passion missing from the game a lot of times. Where that passion is directed some times can be the issue. Compare that with the self absorbed clown we trended him for.
Vogel: Andrew Bynum to play for Indiana Pacers Tuesday night
The Andrew Bynum era is about to begin in Indiana.
It’s really a subset of the Paul George/Roy Hibbert/David West era. And because it’s Bynum this era could be incredibly short. We’ve seen it before.
While Bynum himself had said he planned to return Friday — in Philadelphia, where he will be poorly received after his non-playing stint there —Pacers coach Frank Vogel up that timeline at shootaround Tuesday.
Pacers backup center Ian Mahinmi is sidelined with a bruised rib, so Bynum is forced into action a little earlier than expected.
Bynum will try to help the Pacers top a four game skid, one caused because they have gotten away from their defensive identity. In their last five games the Pacers have allowed 111.6 points per 100 possessions, 16 points higher than their season average.
When healthy and focused Bynum is an upgrade over Mahinmi — even in his stint in Cleveland Bynum scored at twice the pace of Mahinmi (15.1 points per 36 minutes for Bynum compared to 7.2 for Mahinmi). Also, Bynum can be a good defensive rim protector when engaged.
Ultimately Mahinmi and Bynum are polar opposites — Mahinmi has limited skill but is known for constant hustle and effort, Bynum has a lot of skill and ability but his effort is questioned as is his desire to play through knee pain. The Cleveland Cavaliers took a flier on Bynum at the start of the season and midway through decided what he brought was not worth $6 million for the second half of the season and shipped him out.
Bynum was a good gamble for Indiana, a $1 million risk that could pay off with a decent backup big man. If not, well, at least he doesn’t join the Heat.
Tonight we see the start of the Bynum era in Indiana, and we start to see if it can last.
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Andrew Bynum is out tonight for Pacers. Coach Vogel said there's knee swelling and an MRI is scheduled. Sound familiar?
Steve Kyler @stevekylerNBA 8m
“I haven’t had that much fluid in there since like the (2010) Boston Finals in L.A.” -- Pacers' doctors are reviewing Bynum's MRI today.
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Steve Kyler @stevekylerNBA 9m
Andrew Bynum says he had his swollen knee drained - "This one is a little concerning for me because it caused a lot more fluid.”
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