Suspended by his frankness, Andrew Bynum may never play again with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Return on a bet that seemed doomed to failure.
On paper, it made sense. A young group of quality players, an exceptional leader which was added a real presence inside. It was still necessary that Andrew Bynum, a former All-Star and NBA double champion, will be fully recovered from his many knee injuries. It was still necessary Andrew Bynum returned to the level of his game that was in Los Angeles.
It was still necessary Andrew Bynum has just want to play. Since the beginning of his career, the young prodigy from New Jersey was presented as an intelligent young man but terribly immature. His passion for basketball has repeatedly been called into doubt. Kobe Bryant has torn hair (well the skull) to his former teammate to ripen Lakers.
Ohio seemed an ideal ground for Bynum relaunch his career. Pressure but not too much and especially the ambition to regain the playoffs. The Cavaliers were not the only ones interested in the pivot this summer but they dared to propose $ 12 million in player coming out of a white season with Sixers (he never wore the shirt). Leaders still required to limit risks. Aware that the recruitment of Andrew Bynum was a gamble, Chris Grant and his staff have placed several clauses in the contract of 26-years. So the Cavs now have the ability to cut the giant before January 7 and to pay “only” 6 of 12 million owed. This hypothesis is credible given that the staff was not overly planned to reinstate the player.
“He is suspended until further notice. You know what qu’indefiniment means “balance Mike Brown, the coach, the Plain Dealer .
The coach understands. There is little chance that Andrew Bynum finds the group. The player is suspended and he did not make the trip to Boston with his teammates yesterday. The franchise has already canceled advertising campaigns scheduled with the player. His future in Ohio is clearly clouded.
Since the beginning of the season, the Cavaliers are prone to several internal problems. Andrew Bynum is it the cause or the conclusion? Difficult to know without being a member of the locker room. “It is an internal matter,” says Mike Brown. Bad start to the season Cleveland has lights malfunctions, some dating back to last season. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal says that Byron Scott was accustomed to wreathe all its players. Kyrie Irving exception. The wrong message, or Irving, or the rest of the group. Mike Brown has beautiful push a little All-Star point guard, Dion Waiters returned to the “preferential treatment” reserved in Irving at the meeting between the players that took place in November. Waiters also criticized his leader to play “pals” with Tristan Thompson. tone is mounted and the name of the rear promising circulated in the transfer rumors.
Difficult for a player like Bynum, “who has no taste for hard daily work,” as described by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar today to show performance in these conditions. The former Laker was mine breaking depression and want to stop his career.
“I am no longer able to do the things I did before and it’s frustrating. It’s hard to have fun while I’m limited physically, “said Andrew Bynum then.
The Cavaliers did brow. Mike Brown defended his giant every time. The franchise recalled that Zydrunas Ilgauskas held the same kind of speech before winning in Cleveland. To satisfy the ego of the pivot, Brown placed Bynum in the starting five. And it has finally found a decent game. Encouraging signs but ephemeral. “Drew” was much less efficient in recent days. Finally, the coach stopped taking his defense.
“Andrew has had its ups and downs. Sometimes he had low times because we could not pass him the ball in good position. But now that we’ve found how to serve, it is for him to be productive. ”
With 8 points and 5 rebounds average, Andrew Bynum is far from its standards to the Lakers. And staff began to reproach him his attitude. According to sources reported by the U.S. media specialist, the attitude of the player during training last Friday was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It would not be an isolated but continuity. Bynum would have bitched to his teammates, his coaches, etc. In short, he did not want to play in Cleveland. And the Cavs no longer want him either.
There The Players Were Prepared
Since the beginning of the season, Andrew Bynum gives the impression of being isolated in the Cleveland locker room. Reporters emphasize that still has his headphones on and he speaks little with his teammates. A vision denied – only half – by Jarrett Jack.
“People are like that sometimes. I’m not saying this is a bad thing. It depends on the personality. But we got along well with him. ”
Cavaliers players now prefer to move forward and focus on the field. “We must bring to bear with those that are available,” says Jack. Privately, some loosen up a little more. They even expected such a situation. ^
“It must be hard for him to be what he is now after being an All-Star. ”
Now, Andrew Bynum is a gamble. A bet that the Cavaliers do not want to take for fear of rot cloakroom already mined and yet promising. The franchise wants to take a new direction. The player also. According to rumors, the Clippers and the Heat would be interested. The craziest would eventually Bynum leaves the Cavaliers and won a ring while Cleveland will pull to try to qualify in the playoffs. Miami or not, the separation between the player and the franchise seems final.