Andrew Bynum RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:285 lbs. / 129.3 kg.
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:285 lbs. / 129.3 kg.
Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie declined to comment, but a Sixers team source disputed the allegation. “That’s not true,” the Sixers source said. According to the other two sources, the Sixers are now trying to receive a payment from the Los Angeles Lakers for allegedly misinforming them about Andrew Bynum. Bynum came to the Sixers from Los Angeles in a four-team deal in August 2012. But the 7-foot center never played for the team due to chronically injured knees.
Glen Taylor: L.A. really wanted him. Well, I didn’t know if I wanted him in the West. I thought I was getting better players. I thought L.A could not give me the players that Boston did. The Lakers offered a package built around multi-skilled forward Lamar Odom and 19-year-old center Andrew Bynum, a promising second-year player who would eventually become an All-Star. Odom had a history of flaky behavior, however, and Bynum was unproven.
It’s clear that Towns is a super skilled player with a very high basketball IQ. Some in NBA circles have compared him to Andrew Bynum (before the injuries), which wouldn’t be a terrible ceiling. The more Towns plays, the more fans he seems to accumulate. While it was once believed the top pick was a one horse race with Okafor, Towns might be the horse that runs away from the competition.
This likely will not be the worst season for games missed by stars, either. That distinction belongs to 2012-13, when the following players all missed 29 games or more: Rose, Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Grant Hill, Rajon Rondo, Amar’e Stoudemire, Chauncey Billups, Kevin Love, Brandon Roy and Andrew Bynum.
Their would-be star was a hazardous fit — sometimes even literally. One day, memorably, the rehabbing big man parked next to Aaron Barzilai, DiLeo’s newly hired director of basketball analytics, in the parking lot of the team facility at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. As Bynum shuffled inside, Barzilai noticed something on their would-be star’s custom black Ferrari and called after him. Bynum, it turned out, had driven away from a gas station without removing the pump’s nozzle and eight- foot rubber hose, which he’d dragged, pythonlike, through the street.
“The two offers were (Lakers center) Andrew Bynum, and I was afraid of his knees, and Big Al — and then some draft choices and other throw-ins and stuff like that,” McHale said. “I liked Andrew Bynum as a player. I liked Al, because he was a better scorer, but when you looked at Bynum, I was just so afraid of his knees and all the stuff that goes with that. “I know what people say about me and Danny, but if you look at what the Celtics (offered), Al and the picks, it was the best of the offers that were out there. I was actually surprised in one way, because there weren’t many teams we could deal with.” That factor came into play last year when the Celts traded Paul Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn in what ended up being a limited market. But in ’07, it caught McHale a bit off-guard.
That carte blanche to construct a team as he saw fit, with an eye for elevating the Sixers to a place among the NBA’s elite for a generation, ultimately persuaded Hinkie to take Harris and Blitzer up on their job offer. They’d gone all in on the myth of Andrew Bynum’s greatness and been burned, and Hinkie’s vision held substantial and familiar appeal to an ownership group whose fortune was made over time in the private-equity market. It was the difference between the lifetime benefits of a healthy diet and the immediate pleasure of a sugar rush. “The more I would talk to people about things I saw, those people would say, ‘A lot of the building blocks are in place,’ ” Hinkie said. “You have a city steeped in basketball tradition, a big market, an ownership group committed to winning at the highest level, an ownership group that’s smart and patient and willing to make investments over the long term and all the things that have been proven to drive success. . . . Owners aren’t everything, but they’re the first thing, and in some ways they’re the most important thing.”
Ian Begley: Non Knicks tweet: Phil was asked about players who have taken a liking to his books. He mentioned Andrew Bynum. Said it surprised him.
The Heat likely will add another veteran center at the minimum to replace Oden, but it has to be someone who’s content with not playing much. (Barring injury or foul trouble, it’s hard to see many minutes available, with Chris Bosh and Chris Andersen sharing virtually all the time at center; and Josh McRoberts, Udonis Haslem, Birdman and occasionally Danny Granger at power forward.) Among those still available: Elton Brand, Andray Blatche (Heat has avoided him before because of maturity, behavior issues), Charlie Villanueva, Ryan Hollins, Ekpe Udoh, Byron Mullins, Greg Stiesma and Andrew Bynum (who can’t stay healthy).