Andrew Bynum’s tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t last too long.
After the center-turned-ninja’s disastrous stay with the Sixers, I questioned what team would be willing to give him another shot, and the Cavaliers popped up as the answer to my question.
The Cavs took a risk bringing in Bynum, and although he actually made it into a uniform and out onto the court, which is more than he did during his stint with the Sixers, he couldn’t even keep it together long enough to make it to early January to guarantee his entire $12.5 million salary for the season.
According to a recent report from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Bynum stopped trying on the court for Clevelandand and developed into a disruptive presence in practice.
When Bynum was eventually suspended from the team, rumors swirled as to the reasoning. Some proposterous theories were proposed, including one involving the wife of a Cavaliers coach.
While those rumors were largely dismissed, the real reasoning behind his suspension and eventual trade from the team is detailed in Wojnarowski’s story.
Apparently Bynum was treating a Cavaliers’ scrimmage session as his own personal shooting session, and just throwing shots up as soon as he got his hands on the ball, no matter where he was in relation to the hoop.
“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,” Wojnarowski revealed. “From whatever remote part of the court he had caught the ball.”
While the mental image is entertaining, that sounds more like the behavior of a child in an elementary gym class rather than that of a professional ball player. But hey, this is Andrew Bynum we are talking about, so in the end, the report is not so surprising.
It didn’t work out in Cleveland with Bynum, and although they were originally hoping that he would, you know, help them on the hardwood, at least they no longer have to deal with his distraction. He is the now the Pacers’ problem.