HoopsHype Andrew Bynum rumors

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Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard revealed this detail during a Tuesday morning interview with ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd. Pritchard said that during the Friday night dinner – which included team president Larry Bird and coach Frank Vogel — Bynum made quite the pitch to join the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers. “He made it perfectly clear,” Pritchard said during the radio interview. “He was like, ‘Look, I want to win a championship, I think I can really help you, and I want to fit in. I’m not coming here to let everybody fit in with me. I got to fit in with everybody else.’ When he said that I think the thing changed.” Indianapolis Star

Bynum was listed on the inactive list Tuesday night, and he was not in Atlanta. However, Vogel said that Bynum will return to Indianapolis Thursday or Friday. Bynum should will likely be on the sideline — in street clothes — on Friday night when the Pacers play the Portland Trail Blazers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indianapolis Star

Ham also described Bynum as “an intelligent guy,” who’s into Formula One racing and creating radical workout regiments. “He has these ideas about some new ways of training. Some stuff he threw at me,” Ham said. “We had an opportunity to talk this summer and he just blew me away, man, just the level on which he thinks.” And what were these new training techniques? Ham has been sworn to secrecy. “It is a ninja workout that few have seen,” Ham said with a smile, “and no one has conquered. I’ll put it like that. And he was one of the best pupils at it, and he totally embraced it.” Indianapolis Star

Chris Vivlamore: No Andrew Bynum tonight for Pacers. Coach Frank Vogel says he will join team Thursday or Friday and won't dress out Friday's game. #ATLHawks Twitter @ajchawks

February 3, 2014 Updates

Miami had discussions with Bynum before he signed with Indiana, a source said. It would have been odd for the Heat to have Bynum and Greg Oden. Yahoo! Sports

While the 6-11, 250-pound Ian Mahinmi has been a serviceable backup center, Bynum has more size and is a better rim protector. Also, the coaching staff had previously evaluated Bynum while scouting Cleveland and Vogel thought that even then, he moved well on the defensive end. "He looked good," Vogel said. "(Bynum has) pretty good mobility and just looked like he's going to be a force." Indianapolis Star

February 2, 2014 Updates

Bynum, who USA Today reported has agreed to a $1 million deal for the rest of the season, will return to Indianapolis early next week but will not be ready to play for several weeks. He was not made available for comment Saturday by the Pacers or his agent. "I ain't worrying about next year and I haven't all year," Bird said, when asked responding to a question about whether the Bynum addition was for the long term. "We're in the now and we're going to do whatever we can to go as far as we possibly can. We know there's going to be some tough competition but if we get a chance to improve our team, we're going to try to do that." Indianapolis Star

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade shrugged when asked about Bynum joining the Heat’s main rival in the East, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said his team was more worried right now about fixing its own problems than contemplating how Indiana might have gotten better. Bynum, the former star center with the Los Angeles Lakers, signed with the Pacers on Saturday for the veteran’s minimum. He will back up All-Star center Roy Hibbert. “I don’t know what their perspective is,” Spoelstra said of the Pacers. “We’re just focused on us right now. I’m sure it makes for compelling storylines. He fits their style in terms of being big and physical in the paint, but from our standpoint that doesn’t affect us.” Miami Herald

The addition of Bynum gives the Pacers another element of size to throw at the Heat during a seven-game series. The Pacers entered Saturday three games ahead of the Heat in the standings and have put a top priority on winning home-court advantage for the playoffs. The Heat routed the Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena in Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference finals. The Heat has won the East three years in a row. “We didn’t have much of a reaction at all,” James said of the Bynum news. “We talked about it this morning…and guys said they seen it and that’s it. We didn’t have a conversation about it.” Miami Herald

Does he think the Pacers got Bynum, at least in part with him in mind? "I think they got a lot of people in mind," Oden said. "You know, to get to where this team has been, you've got to pass a lot of people. It's not just us. I think they're just adding weapons, to try to help themselves. When that time comes, it's a hard road. You know, I've never been through it before, so it's going to be hard for me also." And the Pacers like to play big. "And hey, they just added size," Oden said. Bleacher Report

Paul George, the team's leading scorer, said Bynum must come to Indiana with a committed mindset. "You can't pass up on a huge talent like that and I expect him to be able to help us if he comes in with an attitude to buy into our program," George said of the player who averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds during his final season with the Lakers. "He'll have to prove a lot to himself, whether he wants to play or not. If he comes in ready to go, ready to put in the work, really buying into our program, we have no problem being there for him." Indianapolis Star

February 1, 2014 Updates

The Knicks made a strong late push to sign center Andrew Bynum before he chose the Pacers, his agent told The Post Saturday. Knicks personnel director Mark Warkentien tried to arrange a meeting with Bynum and the Knicks staff, but it never materialized. “The Knicks were very aggressive in the end,” his New York-based agent David Lee told The Post. “In the end, they did everything they could.” New York Post

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