Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  19 responses

Andrew Bynum Says He May Never Regain Explosiveness

Due to recurring knee problems, Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum admits that he not ever be the same young, explosive big man he once was. Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “I don’t think it’s going to come back,’ he said Monday prior to the Cavs’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. ‘It makes you have to rely more on footwork and skills vs. athleticism.’ Bynum was expected to play in both the first and second half against the Timberwolves, the next step in his lengthy rehab process. Until now, Bynum has been limited to one appearance in games. When he subbed out, he was done for the night. As of now, it takes him a couple of days to recover from games, which is why he isn’t likely to appear in both nights of a back-to-back anytime soon. Coach Mike Brown wouldn’t commit to that for the entire season, but it’s clear the Cavs are going slow with Bynum. ‘I missed the entire year last year and that’s for a reason,’ he said. ‘I have skill, I have talent. I just need to get my timing back.’ [...] Bynum said he’s still having ‘little sharp pains here and there, but nothing too bad.’ He has played more than 65 games just once in his career, so it’s unrealistic to think he’s knee issues are completely over. Whether or not he can maintain them enough to remain on the court most of this season remains to be seen.”

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  • shockexchange

    That’s almost as tragic as the ATMs in Cleveland all malfunctioning at the same ____ time.

  • i_ball

    He can be solid contributor to the Cavs if he continues to slowly pick his form up

  • Dagger

    He looked good yesterday though, on defense and offense. He can still draw a nearly automatic double team, which completely changes the complexion of the Cavs offense. The Timberwolves went on that run when he checked out of the game.

  • star

    the wolves had close to no counter whenever he caught the ball on the low post

  • playa

    Why so pessimistic, Wes from Uncle Drew’s 2nd episode used to doubt himself too& they turned out to be schooling them young bloods so……

  • spit hot fiyah

    so sad, his bowling game will never be the same

  • CommsFC

    CommsFC thinks bynum ca use some proper aposrophe use asap!

  • anon

    A non-guarranteed, incentive laden contract is why he’s even suiting up and on the court at all. Gotta hit those minutes and game quotas to get the check, Andrew, even if it hurts a little.

  • Respect

    When was Andrew Bynum ever explosive

  • brothasdontsurf

    The thing with dude is that he’s longer than anyone else. At his best with LAL dude was just destroying people in the low block going straight over them, and he could seal most defenders since he’s 300lbs. Alas, he has to be a dumbass -_-

  • robb

    he doesn’t need it that much, he’s big and skilled, he’s got nice footwork and a soft touch, he only needs to remain healthy. Now that’s gonna be the real problem.

  • Lloyd

    Well lucky for him and the Cavs, you don’t lose height.

  • LakeShow

    Look up some vids my young padawan.

  • LakeShow

    He’s skilled. He just needs to be able to run.

  • LakeShow

    He’s averaging 18-10-5 over 36 mins right now. . . .. . . on 30% FG’s lol

  • underdog

    He wasn’t explosive, he was just relatively faster.

  • LakeShow

    For a 7 footer… Hell yeah he was.