HoopsHype Andrew Bynum rumors

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Bynum, who was in practice gear but didn’t participate on Tuesday, admitted there’s some concern for his recent setback. After scoring 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds in exactly 20 minutes of work Saturday night in Detroit, Bynum has experienced significant swelling in his right knee to the point where he underwent an MRI and had it drained Monday afternoon. “This one is a little concerning for me because it caused a lot more fluid,” he said. “I haven’t had that much fluid in there since like the (2010) Boston Finals in L.A.” That was almost four years ago. “It’s not fun,” Bynum added. “It is what it is at this point.” Pacers.com

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But something's wrong here. Andrew Bynum is so big, Hibbert could pass for his younger brother. Bynum is so big, the Pacers are going to have to either invent a new nickname for him, or downsize Hibbert's. “He's huge,” Paul George said after Bynum's encouraging debut with the Pacers Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “He's bigger than Roy. We call Roy the Big Dawg, but Bynum's probably bigger than Roy.” No, he is bigger than Roy. Has to be, regardless of what the roster stats show. “Humongous,” David West said. “He's enormous. I'm glad he's on our side.” NBA.com

The bench, which had contributed just four points in the previous game, a loss at Dallas, scored 31 points in this one. Bynum was a major part of that, because his mere presence created opportunities for fellow second-unit scoring threats Luis Scola (11 points on 5-of-7 shooting) and Evan Turner (nine points on 4-of-4 shooting). Asked how Bynum should best contribute to the Pacers, West had a quick answer. “His ability to command a double-team,” he said. “I don't know if it gets more simple than that. The NBA is about advantages, and if you've got a guy who can get two (defenders) to the ball before he even makes a move …” NBA.com

“Today it didn't bother me because of adrenaline and I had two months off, so it's going to feel good,” he said of his right knee. “The key is how it responds and how we can keep inflammation out. If we have inflammation, that starts the whole (troublesome) process. Right now we don't have any.” NBA.com

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Andrew Bynum could make his Pacers debut Friday. The Star's Candace Buckner spoke to Bynum and coach Frank Vogel on Sunday morning about the center's return. Bynum said he's "probably at 80 percent but good enough to go." Coach Vogel was a little hesitant to make any definite plans. "We'll see after how tonight's game goes and we'll probably meet about it tomorrow and try to come up with a firmer plan." Indianapolis Star

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Ian Mahinmi is currently the backup for Roy Hibbert, but Bynum will overtake that role if all goes according to plan. Vogel made it clear that Bynum will have to fit into what the Pacers try to do instead of the other way around. “We've got a plan and a scheme on both ends of the court with Roy Hibbert that fits his style of play,” Vogel said. "Once he gets healthy and in great condition, I think the transition is going to be fairly seamless. He’s going to fit in and we’ll use him the same way we use Roy.” RealGM

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This has led fans to wonder what’s really up with his knees and critics to ask what’s wrong between his ears. But the Bynum who sits inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse says he now has the drive to get through the pain. “My motivation is because I want a championship,” says Bynum who has been in the league for nine years and won two NBA titles with the Lakers. “I want to play.” Indianapolis Star

But here’s the thing about Bynum … “I don’t care what people say because it has no effect on me,” he says with a shrug. Keeping his voice barely above a mumble, Bynum continues. “They can say whatever they want, but I know if I go out here and put 20 (points) and 10 (rebounds) up, it’s quiet,” Bynum says. “So, I mean, if that’s the case then people will always say something. So if you’re worried about that all the time, it gets in the way of you accomplishing the things you want to.” Indianapolis Star

After Cleveland shipped Bynum away, Lakers center Pau Gasol reached out. Although they did not connect, Gasol understood where his former teammate might have turned south. “With his years with the Lakers, every player was well under control because of the group and the coaching staff. The coaching staff you had to respect and that’s something that not every coach demands or brings to the table,” Gasol says. “So, I think it was easier to do when Phil Jackson and his staff was around. Then, when asked if Brown had provided that same culture for Bynum when he coached in Los Angeles, Gasol responded: “Nah. Not the same.” Indianapolis Star

“Yeah. My knees hurt. It’s not fun playing and having to sit at home and just feel like an old person, you know?” Bynum says. “My niece or nephew, they just want jump on me and play around but I got to be worried about something instead of just doing that, and that gets a little frustrating sometimes. “Obviously, when I’m not playing, I tend to feel better because I’m not doing anything.” Indianapolis Star

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Andrew Bynum practiced three-on-three Thursday, and Vogel said he was optimistic the 7-foot center would be ready to play soon. Soon doesn't mean a week from now, the coach said. "The goal is to get him to the point where he's able to play every night," Vogel said. "We don't want him to play one game and sit three games." Indianapolis Star

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