According to Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Darvin Ham, the former NBAer who served as an assistant during Andrew Bynum’s time with the Lakers, the big fella is now basically a ninja. Or something to that effect. Here, we’ll let Ham explain what the Indiana Pacers have gotten themselves into. Per the Indy Star:
“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.
“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.”
“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.”
“(Bynum) made it perfectly clear,” (Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard) said during a 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.”