Miami had discussions with Bynum before he signed with Indiana, a source said. It would have been odd for the Heat to have Bynum and Greg Oden.
Former Bynum coach: He’s not ‘disruptive’
By Candace Buckner, email@example.com 9 p.m. EST February 4, 2014
ATLANTA – Before the Philadelphia and Cleveland washouts, new Indiana Pacers center Andrew Bynum was an All-Star with the Los Angeles Lakers. Working with him during the 2011-12 season was Darvin Ham, now an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks.
“He has talent through the roof,” Ham said Tuesday. “It’s unfortunate that he’s gone through the issues that he’s gone through with his body, but I’m happy. I was happy to see someone went in and went ahead put themselves out there for his services. In the right environment, not saying anywhere else was a wrong environment, but when he’s locked in, he’s locked in.
During the pregame moments inside Philips Arena, Ham recalled his short time with the center, dispelling some of the baggage that Bynum has carried.
“I really spent a lot of one-on-one time with him, been in group settings with him,” Ham said. “He’s really not a disruptive guy. He just wants to be left alone and left alone to play the game, plain and simple.”
Ham also described Bynum as “an intelligent guy,” who’s into Formula One racing and creating radical workout regiments.
“He has these ideas about some new ways of training. Some stuff he threw at me,” Ham said. “We had an opportunity to talk this summer and he just blew me away, man, just the level on which he thinks.”
And what were these new training techniques? Ham has been sworn to secrecy.
“It is a ninja workout that few have seen,” Ham said with a smile, “and no one has conquered. I’ll put it like that. And he was one of the best pupils at it, and he totally embraced it.”
Pritchard on Bynum, other matters
After a three-hour dinner, the Pacers brass felt assured in adding Bynumto the roster.
Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard revealed this detail during a Tuesday morning interview with ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd.
Pritchard said that during the Friday night dinner – which included team president Larry Bird and coach Frank Vogel — Bynum made quite the pitch to join the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers.
“He made it perfectly clear,” Pritchard said during the radio interview. “He was like, ‘Look, I want to win a championship, I think I can really help you, and I want to fit in. I’m not coming here to let everybody fit in with me. I got to fit in with everybody else.’
“When he said that I think the thing changed.”
Other highlights of the interview included …
>>Pritchard on how Bynum fits with the Pacers: “I think all the cards sort of stacked up in our favor and we’re going to take the chance.”
>>On possibly upgrading the point guard spot before trade deadline: “We feel great about George Hill. … For us George Hill fits us perfectly because he’s a great catch-and-shoot player and he gets us in our offense, and Lance (Stephenson) and Paul (George) are such good playmakers.”
>>On ever winning an argument with Larry Bird: “Never. Are you kidding? … It’s not like I don’t try.”
>>More on Bird: “You put him and Pop (San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich) in the same room, it would be hilarious. If we could get that MMA action, it would be terrific.”
“I think he likes the fact as an organization you could go in and tell him exactly how you feel (and) he’s not going to judge that. He may say ‘you’re wrong,’ but he wants to hear what you actually feel and that’s what’s pretty important here.”
All Bynum, all the time
Bynum was listed on the inactive list Tuesday night, and he was not in Atlanta. However, Vogel said that Bynum will return to Indianapolis Thursday or Friday. Bynum should will likely be on the sideline — in street clothes — on Friday night when the Pacers play the Portland Trail Blazers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Andrew Bynum speaks to the media about being a Pacer (VIDEO)
Indiana has signed Andrew Bynum but they are not going to rush him along, coach Frank Vogel has said Bynum will not play until sometime after the All-Star break. They don’t need to rush because they already have the best record in the East and the best defense in the NBA. Anything they get from him is just sprinkles on top of the icing already on the cake. Bynum was a low risk pickup because if he does workout he improves their bench and if he doesn’t they don’t pay him much and he doesn’t join Miami.
Bynum went through his first practice with the Pacers Friday and spoke to the media afterward, above is the conversation. Here are a few highlights.
• What did Bynum do with his time off between the Cavaliers and Pacers? “Really just relaxing at home, that’s it.” But he’s been keeping a workout regimen going, right? “Not really.” He did say he tried to eat right. So there’s that.
• “Getting comfortable with the guys, that’s the biggest part. Then when I’m given an opportunity go play hard.”
• To his critics that say he doesn’t love the game. “That’s what their going to say, I can’t fight it. All I can do is just go play hard and put points by my name.”
• “My motivation right now is the opportunity to win, because that’s the most fun, and just being around a positive atmosphere.”
• On his time in Cleveland, who traded him to Chicago (who cut him). “The atmosphere over there wasn’t one that promoted positive energy and wanting to come in, and it was just tough.” Spoken like a guy who played and grew up under Phil Jackson.
Pacers' Bynum says he's ready to 'play hard'
By Candace Buckner, firstname.lastname@example.org
As Andrew Bynum left the basketball court Friday morning to meet with reporters for the first time since becoming an Indiana Pacer, his new teammate George Hill marveled at the scene.
"L.A. media!" Hill joked loud enough to be heard.
Only Bynum did not reply – just as he has ignored the lingering doubts about his desire to play basketball.
"I mean, people have opinions, I don't respond to it," Bynum said. "I just go out and play.
"Again, that's what they're going to say. All I can do is go play hard and put points by your name, that's it."
After the Pacers' morning shootaround, Bynum, a 7-2 center, remained calm as much smaller members of the media hedged him in. For more than five minutes, Bynum answered a range of questions about his commitment to the game, his desire to join the Pacers and even what went south during his short stay in Cleveland.
In December, the Cavaliers dismissed Bynum for "conduct detrimental to the team." In January, the Cavaliers traded Bynum to Chicago where he was promptly waived and became a free agent for about a month before the Pacers signed him last Saturday.
"It wasn't that it didn't work (in Cleveland)," Bynum said, "it's just the atmosphere over there wasn't the one that kind of promoted positive energy in wanting to come in and really – it was just tough at the end of the day.
"There's really nothing to be said about it. They did everything they could for me and I went there and worked hard, got myself into shape and that was the goal."
Pacers head coach Frank Vogel echoed what Bynum said while making his pitch to join the Pacers.
"We just talked about (whether he) is still hungry, that he still does want to play," Vogel said, referring to dinner last Friday night with Bynum and his agent. "He wants to work and we believe that. We believe that he was in a bad situation the last place he was at and believe it will work here."
During his absence from the game, Bynum said that he mostly was "relaxing at home and that's it." Bynum said he did not have a workout regimen.
However, Bynum said that he remained in shape by "just eating correctly" and should return to form shortly.
"I was out for a significant amount of time," Bynum said, "but it's not the end-of-the-world amount of time where I have to go to square zero."
In his first day with the Pacers, Bynum wore a practice uniform and only participated in light shooting. Soon, the work will begin in getting Bynum up to speed with the team playbook, but Pacers fans should not expect his debut soon. Vogel said the team will decide if Bynum is ready to play after "a week or two" of practice after the All-Star break.
"We're just putting him at a few weeks," Vogel said. "We want him to be comfortable."
On Friday morning, Bynum seemed comfortable while looking over the camera lights and crush of reporters. After all, he has endured intense attention since being drafted as a teenager by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005. In L.A., Bynum won two championships. In Indianapolis, he wants to recapture that feeling.
"My primary motivator right now is the opportunity to win and do it again because that's the most fun," Bynum said. "I think the (Pacers) system is good. I played through the bigs and it was just a great fit, great opportunity to win."
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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