Andrew Bynum was not the first bad boy in the league and won't be the last
Latrell Sprewell, right, was suspended for 68 games after choking his coach, P.J. Carlesimo of Golden State in 1997. He was later traded to the Knicks. (AP)
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Last week's trade for Luol Deng ended the Cavaliers' brief relationship with Andrew Bynum. Clearly, it did not end on a good note, but Bynum is not the first NBA player to cross management.
By Mary Schmitt Boyer, The Plain Dealer
While the Cavs suspended Bynum one game on Dec. 28 for conduct detrimental to the team and then excused him from all team activities after some disruptive behavior at practice, he wasn't even the only player to cross management this year.
Denver's Andre Miller, the former Cavalier, went off on coach Brian Shaw near the end of a game against Philadelphia on Jan. 1 when he didn't play -- the first DNP-CD (did not play-coach's decision) of Miller's 15-year career. The team initially suspended Miller for two games but changed that to a leave and is reportedly trying to trade him.
It's still not entirely clear what Bynum did here. But at least he never choked his coach, as Golden State's Latrell Sprewell did to P.J. Carlesimo in 1997. NBA Commissioner David Stern suspended Sprewell for 82 games but an arbitrator reduced that to 68 games. Sprewell eventually was traded to the New York Knicks and played another seven years in New York and Minnesota.
At least Bynum never threw a towel in the face of his coach, like Phoenix's Robert Horry did to Danny Ainge in 1997. A few days later Horry was traded to the Lakers. That'll teach him. He played 12 more seasons with the Lakers and San Antonio Spurs and won five more NBA championships.
At least he never brought a gun into the locker room, like Washington's Gilbert Arenas did in 2010.
Washington's Gilbert Arenas was suspended for 50 games in 2010 for bringing a gun into the locker room.
If that wasn't bad enough, after news broke of the locker room incident between Arenas and armed teammate Javaris Crittenton, Arenas was photographed jokingly pointing his index fingers at teammates in a pre-game huddle, which incensed Stern. The commissioner suspended Arenas 50 games, and Crittenton 38 games. But Arenas eventually was traded to Orlando and he played two more seasons with the Magic and Memphis Grizzlies.
Sometimes a guy just doesn't fit.
Jamaal Tinsley lost his starting spot in the Indiana Pacers' lineup to T.J. Ford in the 2008-09 season and was basically sent home by president of basketball operations Larry Bird until the Pacers could work out a trade. He filed a grievance and was eventually waived in July, 2009. He played four more seasons with Memphis and Utah.
Basically the same thing happened to Tim Thomas in Chicago in 2005-06.
Sometimes, it's more than one guy.
Lots of people remember the Detroit Pistons' revolt against coach John Kuester, a former Cavs assistant, in 2011. A number of players, including Rip Hamilton and Chris Wilcox, skipped the team's shootaround before a game against Philadelphia. Kuester later played only the players who took part in the full shootaround -- Charlie Villanueva, Jason Maxiell, Will Bynum, Ben Gordon, Greg Monroe and DaJuan Summers. When Kuester got two technicals and was ejected, Tracy McGrady reportedly laughed on the bench.
In 2000, the Denver Nuggets boycotted a practice entirely when an unhappy coach Dan Issel scheduled it for 11 a.m. after the team plane arrived home at 3 a.m.