Two-time NBA champion Andrew Bynum has been a controversial figure for quite some time now. Along with hopping from team to team over the last two seasons since being dealt by the Los Angeles Lakers, the veteran center has made waves everywhere he’s been, with the Cleveland Cavaliers being the latest victim.
There was a lot of speculation as to why the Cavs suspended Bynum indefinitely before trading, but now it appears the truth has been revealed according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
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.
Bynum jacking up shots whenever and where ever he was on the court comes as no surprise to Lakers fans or head coach Mike Brown for that matter. Bynum infamously rubbed Brown the wrong way back in 2011 jacking up a three-pointer with 16 seconds left on the shot clock against the Golden State Warriors immediately after receiving the ball at the top of the key.
With Bynum recently signing with the title-contending Indiana Pacers, it’ll be interesting to see if he’ll be a bust once again or actually revert back to his All-Star form in his final season with the Lakers.
The Pacers signing Bynum came as a surprise with the team firing on all cylinders and arguably being the team with the best chance of knocking off the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat. Despite Bynum potentially being a locker room cancer and a headache for head coach Frank Vogel, Indiana rolled the dice and will simply part ways if he becomes a problem.
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