HoopsHype Andrew Bynum rumors


March 3, 2014 Updates
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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

March 1, 2014 Updates

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

February 28, 2014 Updates

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

Bynum signed with the Pacers as a free agent Feb. 1. Vogel has said a priority is improving the condition of Bynum, who missed the entire 2012-13 season with knee injuries and last played Dec. 26 for the Cleveland Cavaliers. "We know what we can expect from him when he's healthy and in shape. He's one of the best centers in the NBA," Vogel said. "We've seen flashes of that in practice that he's shown here." Indianapolis Star

February 26, 2014 Updates
February 25, 2014 Updates

Lakers forward Nick Young spent all of last season playing in Philadelphia, along with Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. Andrew Bynum was also there, though he never played in a game. After the Lakers held shoot around at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday, ahead of their only visit to Indy, Young talked about his former teammates — calling them each “my guy.” “I actually only played with him one time last year and that was in practice,” he said. “He went to work, too. Bynum’s my guy. He’s going to do Bynum, regardless of what anybody says. He’s going to be Bynum everyday.” Pacers.com

February 17, 2014 Updates
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They had talks last month with then-free-agent center Andrew Bynum before opting against making an offer, according to a person familiar with the talks. It was unclear if the Rockets backed away because of questions about Bynum's contributing this season or signing after this season or because they decided to keep center Omer Asik. Houston Chronicle

February 12, 2014 Updates

Only Bynum never made it to the early January guarantee date for his full $12.5 million salary in 2013-14, and self-destructed. He stopped trying on the floor, and became a disruptive presence in practices. Before Bynum was thrown out of his final practice and suspended, he was shooting the ball every time he touched it in a practice scrimmage, sources said – from whatever remote part of the court he had caught the ball. Yahoo! Sports

February 10, 2014 Updates

Before Frank Vogel and Pacers officials met with Andrew Bynum and Bynum’s agent over dinner on Jan. 31, a Friday night, Vogel made a phone call to a former assistant. That call was to Denver, where Brian Shaw is in his first year as the Nuggets head coach. He was preparing to play the Toronto Raptors that night. “Gave them my two cents on Andrew, and what have you,” he said. “I woke up the next morning to see that they had signed him.” Prior to being Vogel’s right-hand man for two seasons in Indy, Brian Shaw was an assistant coach under Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers for Bynum’s first six seasons in the league. Shaw, a player’s coach and a former player himself, has a great feel for people so who better to get a pulse on the Pacers’ newest addition than Shaw? Pacers.com

“When Andrew is healthy, first and foremost, which he hasn’t been most of his career — but when he is healthy, he’ll be able to help this team out a lot because he’s a load out there on the floor,” Shaw said after he finished holding shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “He can rebound, he takes up space, he can protect the rim, he can score inside and he’s also a good passer. That’s No. 1. “I think a lot of stuff that’s out there about him — he’s a good guy. He’s not a bad guy. I think he’s been in some situations when he hasn’t really respected the coach and the program that he’s been under. I know that in his personal life, he’s dealing with some things with his mom and so he’s kind of been a little distracted, which could be expected with what he’s dealing with. Pacers.com

February 7, 2014 Updates

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