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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 8:00 am  |  28 responses

Andrew Bynum Unlikely To Play In Preseason


by Leo Sepkowitz | @LeoSepkowitz

Stop me if this sounds familiar: Andrew Bynum might have to sit for a while because of lingering knee issues. This time, at least, it appears to be planned rest for the once-dominant center, according to FoxSportsOhio:

“With training camp less than two weeks away, the Cleveland Cavaliers are likely to be without their biggest offseason acquisition. But don’t panic, Andrew Bynum fans. No one expected the 7-footer to sprint at the start. Not after missing all of last season in Philadelphia with knee issues. The Cavs haven’t set a specific timetable for Bynum’s return to actual game action — but they do have a plan. It’s to make sure Bynum is completely healthy before he ever puts on a uniform. In other words, the Cavs won’t rush him back just to quash any sort of fan anxiety. Training camp begins Oct. 1, with the Cavs’ first preseason game a week later (vs. the Milwaukee Bucks). One source familiar with Bynum’s progress told FOX Sports Ohio that Bynum is nowhere near ready and is likely to miss the entire preseason. He could, however, give it a go early in the regular season, if not for the opener Oct. 30 vs. the Brooklyn Nets. Bynum turns 26 years old three days before the season. He put together a career year in 2011-12, averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds, and played in 60 of a possible 66 games with the Los Angeles Lakers.”

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  • MrSuper

    Do I see a pattern here?

  • Tdub

    Kept the sixers on their toes the whole season

  • JibbsIsBallin
  • CzechMate

    the only time this man will ever play basketball again, is when itching his nuts while doing laundry
    děkuji

  • Dfrance

    Hey let me know where you’re from so I’ll know NEVER to play a game of basketball there if I ever visit.

  • spit hot fiyah

    judging by his name, Czech Republic seems like a good guess. jock strap bro

  • jaiai

    the media stories are irrelevant

    the heat will win… the next 2 seasons championships

    lets move to 2016 to talk about the aged heat winning 5th straight

  • Fat Lever

    Lather, rinse, repeat…

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Well if he never returns to the court… there’s always bowling.

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  • bike

    Andrew’s probably thinking ‘I wonder how long I can keep this up before they out and out boot me outa the league.’

  • shockexchange

    LOL. Fortunately for “Hairfro” he’ll be 7 ft tall for a very long time; therefore, he can keep stealing money for at least another decade before owners realize what’s up. (Avon Barksdale voice) “The game is the game … always.”

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    He’s played more than 65 games only once in his career, and played in less than 60 games for 4 out of his 7 seasons (including playing only 60 games in his “dominant” season).

    Safe to say the Lakers made sensible trade when they let him go to Philly.

  • anon

    word. Look at Oden — double microfracture surgeries, admitted alcohol abuse, etc and hasn’t played in years….yet he still got a deal with the champs.

    Life is good when you’re 7 foot tall and can ball.

  • LLC#12

    Why the “pre”?

  • underdog

    Maybe, just maybe, we’ll see Greg Oden to set foot on the hardwood earlier than Andrew Bynum. Who would have thought?

  • LakeShow

    Love Bynum’s game, but… yep.

  • LakeShow

    It’d be so awesome if he put up 18-11 for them this year. He can totally do it if he can stay on the court.

    Everyone doesn’t want to get excited, but damn, Kyrie and Bynum COULD be great together.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ehh, their skill sets don’t really compliment one another. Bynum isn’t going to do much with the pick and roll. Kyrie isn’t going to be nearly as effective if he’s asked to feed the post more than create. They could be really good together, but I don’t think it will be “as a group” as much as “two really good individuals”

  • davidR

    it’s interesting that everyone involved in the bynum trade last year is no longer with the teams they were traded to

  • CzechMate

    Lol nice one
    I was going for laundry (Basket)
    itching nuts (Ball)
    Meaning he will probably never play again.
    my comment was so gay macklemore wrote a song about it
    Děkuji

  • LakeShow

    Neither do Kobe and Bynum’s.

    Or Kobe and Shaq’s.

    Doesn’t matter.

    Top 3 PG and Top 3 center when at their best. That alone makes them a powerful duo.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kobe and Pau did. And that was the real duo that made the difference.
    .
    And Kobe and Shaq did too, Shaq demanded double teams, Kobe was the best one on one player on earth.
    .
    Bynum doesn’t demand double teams. Doesn’t pass at an elite level. And isn’t good in the pick and roll. He’s a really good player, but he’s not a dominant force (like Shaq) and he doesn’t have a dominant team based skill (like Pau).
    .
    Best I can see Cleveland doing with those 2 as the best players on the team, Conference Finals. ANd that’s in a couple years, assuming Bynum somehow stays healthy.

  • LakeShow

    Are you really saying that Bynum doesn’t get double teamed? He got double teamed all the time, and way more than Pau when he put up 18-12 two seasons ago.

    They could be a great duo, and will be if they stay healthy (like you have admitted… because bad duo’s don’t make it to the conference finals)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Get’s double teamed sometimes and commands double teams are different. And Pau was still a much better offensive player, despite being double teamed less. Not saying they won’t be a good combination, they just don’t really compliment each other.

  • LakeShow

    Well, yeah it’s not like it’s Steve Nash and Amare, but it’s obvious they will do fine together.

    They aren’t uncomplimentary per se.

    That’s all I meant.

    Not that their skill-sets match up perfectly, but that they both are dominant offensive players and there-fore will win some games.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    word, that’s what i took from what you said. We basically agree, that’s what i meant by, “They could be really good together, but I don’t think it will be “as a group” as much as “two really good individuals”

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, I looked back at what I said, and I said “they could be really great together.”

    Really they can’t/won’t ever be a “great” duo, but they can do damage for sure…

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