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Andrew Bynum suspended indefinitely by Cavs

Andrew Bynum CavaliersAndrew Bynum has appeared in 24 games for the Cavaliers this season, but his career in Cleveland could already be over. The team announced Saturday that Bynum has been suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.

Bynum did not travel to Boston with the team for a game against the Celtics on Saturday night, and the Cavs are reportedly “aggressively” looking to trade the 26-year-old. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports noted that Bynum has been a “disruptive” presence in Cleveland and the team has given up on trying to make the relationship work.

By trading Bynum before Jan. 7, the Cavs would not have to pay him for the remainder of the season. He signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the team last summer that included just $6 million guaranteed.

Bynum has long had a reputation for not caring about what happens on the basketball court. He missed the entire 2012-2013 season with the Philadelphia 76ers while battling knee injuries, and many felt that Bynum didn’t even make an attempt to return to action. He later made it clear that he did not feel badly about not appearing in a single game for the Sixers after they acquired him in a blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The most disappointing part about Bynum’s career is that his physical talent is through the roof. He has the ability to be a game-changing center, but just doesn’t seem to care about basketball. As one league source reportedly told Wojnarowski, “He never liked it that much in the first place.”

Obviously, the Cavs will have trouble finding a team that is willing to trade for Bynum. He may only be 26, but he has bad knees and a worse attitude. That said, his contract is affordable enough that some team may be willing to take a risk. They just shouldn’t expect that risk to pay off.

Andrew Bynum on booing from Sixers fans: ‘I thought it was a little weak’

Andrew BynumCleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum made his return to Philadelphia on Friday night, and he entered the game to a chorus of boos from Sixers fans in the first quarter. As you know, Philadelphia acquired Bynum in a trade two seasons ago and he never appeared in a single game for the Sixers because of injuries.

After the game, Bynum didn’t seem offended by the reception he got. In fact, he seemed disappointed for a strange reason.

“I thought it was a little weak honestly,” Bynum said, via Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com. “I thought it would be much worse.”

Sixers fans continued to boo Bynum every time he touched the ball and checked back into the game. He said he was entertained.

“I was smiling the entire time,” Bynum said. “It was funny to me.”

Bynum played a season-high 18 minutes, scored four points and grabbed five rebounds. He was hardly a game-changer, and the Sixers ended up getting the best of the Cavs. At least he enjoyed his evening.

Andrew Bynum booed in return to Philly (Video)

Sixers fans boo Andrew BynumAndrew Bynum was booed by 76ers fans in his return to Philadelphia on Friday, just like we all expected.

Bynum was booed upon checking into the game as a member of the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers with around 3 minutes left in the first quarter. He was later met with “Bynum sucks” chants.

Sixers fans have a reputation for being notoriously tough on opponents, so you knew they would be hard on Bynum, who was a big acquisition by the team two seasons ago and never played in a game with them because of multiple knee problems. It doesn’t help that Bynum doesn’t seem to have any remorse for the way things went with his season in Philly.

Video via @BeyondtheBuzzer

Andrew Bynum doesn’t feel badly about what happened with 76ers

Andrew Bynum Don King hairWe already knew that Andrew Bynum had a don’t give a f— mentality, but this just seals it.

Bynum is now with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will face the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. After spending his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bynum was traded to the 76ers prior to last season. His tenure in Philly was a complete disaster.

The Sixers traded away Andre Iguodala and a draft pick to get Bynum. They paid him $17 million, hyped up his arrival, and then the guy didn’t play in a game the entire season because of multiple knee problems. Philly fans thought he was taking it easy and choosing not to play. It was a mess.

[Related: Philadelphia DA wants to investigate Andrew Bynum for fraud]

Ordinarily you’d think a guy would feel badly about losing an entire season due to injury and not being able to play and perform for the team and fans, but Bynum doesn’t.

“It wasn’t my choice to get rid of me. I don’t feel bad at all. … If I was not hurt, I would’ve played. That’s really the end to that story,” Bynum told the Akron Beacon Journal on Wednesday.

Bynum also said he thought Philly fans would boo him which, duh, of course is going to happen.

“I think they’ll probably boo, but that’s their choice.”

Honestly, it might be the best thing Philly fans could ever do if they cheered him. Bynum is expecting the boos and Sixers fans have every reason to boo him. That’s all the more reason to cheer the guy. Don’t give him that satisfaction!

H/T Crossing Broad

Andrew Bynum doesn’t think he’ll ever get his explosiveness back

Andrew BynumAndrew Bynum has undergone multiple operations on his knees, and the surgeries have taken their toll. Bynum has played limited minutes to start the season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Just being able to play is a positive sign compared to last season when knee problems prevented him from playing in a single game for the Philadelphia 76ers.

But Bynum concedes that his injury history may have permanently sapped his explosiveness.

“I don’t think it’s going to come back,” Bynum said on Monday per the Akron Beacon Journal. “It makes you have to rely more on footwork and skills versus athleticism.”

Bynum says he’s been experiencing pain, but nothing too bad. He is also exercising precautions to begin the season.

Bynum played a season-high 18 minutes in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. He played 7 minutes in his team’s opener against the Nets on Oct. 30 and 10 minutes against the Bobcats two days later. He did not play against the Indiana Pacers because he is trying to avoid playing on back-to-back days.

A lot of people think that the Cavs will be dangerous because they have him. I’m not one of those people. Much like the situation with Greg Oden, I think Bynum’s physical problems will prevent him from being effective or even playing after a few months.

Chest bump to Beyond the Buzzer

Andrew Bynum still rocking Don King look as member of Cleveland Cavaliers

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Andrew Bynum may officially be a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and left his Philadelphia 76ers days behind him, but the hair watch continues. We have seen Bynum rock a number of ridiculous hairstyles since leaving the Los Angeles Lakers. On Wednesday, he brought back a fan favorite — the Don King look.

Beyond the Buzzer shared a photo of Bynum sporting a Cavs T-shirt and a head of hair that looks like he was just electrocuted. The big man has been known to put his hair into funky braid patterns in the past, but apparently he had no time for that this week. Fortunately, this is not the first time he has gone with the Don King style.

Superstitious Cavs fans are probably hoping Bynum shaves his hair off before the season begins. It certainly didn’t serve him well in Philly.

Andrew Bynum takes shot at Lakers fans

Andrew Bynum Don King hairAndrew Bynum said all the right things during his introductory press conference last week with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bynum continued to please Cleveland fans by praising them in an interview with FOX Sports Ohio’s Allie Clifton for “Access Cavaliers” after his introductory press conference.

After being told by Clifton that Cleveland fans love their sports, Bynum was asked what he knew about Cleveland fans.

“I just know that they’re really really passionate, and I haven’t had an opportunity to play for a city that’s really going to stand up and really support the team,” Bynum said. “I’m super excited. I can’t wait to see what it’s like.”

So in praising Cleveland fans, Bynum took a shot at Lakers fans by saying they don’t really support the team. Lakers fans are a passionate group, so I can’t imagine that’s going to sit well with them.

Bynum was drafted by the Lakers in 2005 and spent his entire career with the team until last year. Though he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, he never played a game for them and didn’t get to experience Philly fans.

Lakers fans may take offense to the comments, but think about it from Bynum’s perspective. This is a guy Kobe wanted to ship out in exchange for Jason Kidd several years ago. There were frequent talks about the team wanting to trade Bynum for Dwight Howard. He was constantly mentioned in trade talks. Maybe he felt like the fans didn’t appreciate him.

Then again, with the type of indifferent behavior Bynum displayed in his time with the Lakers, it’s understandable why fans may have been frustrated with him.

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