We knew things hadn’t looked good for quite some time. We knew it was probably going to happen. But now it is official: Andrew Bynum is out for the remainder of the playoffs and will no longer be with the Pacers, according to the team.
The knees that basketball and bowling had wrecked fell like corn rows in the fall after two games of work in Indiana. In his short time in Indiana he averaged nearly a double-double, and fans hoped he’d act as an offensive juggernaut to bowl over opponents like pins, but after two games he was said to be out indefinitely.
But perhaps the actual end of the Bynum era will make Roy Hibbert happy. According to Steve Aschburner of NBA.com, seeing Bynum be more involved in the offense than he was bothered Roy.
Bringing Bynum aboard rankled Hibbert, a source told NBA.com, when coach Frank Vogel ran plays to get Bynum involved offensively that he rarely calls for Hibbert.
Either way, this is the end of a tumultuous season for Bynum that started before his time in a Pacers’ uniform.
He had played 24 games with the Cleveland Cavilers before being booted from practice for shooting too much. The 2013-14 season for Bynum was short, but none the less interesting. He could have been a sub for the struggling Roy Hibbert, but fate can be cruel sometimes and Bynum’s two games in Indiana will be but a drop of water in the oceans of a strange Indiana season.
In his two games of work, Bynum collected $1 million dollars, enough to buy 502,512 Taco Bell Waffle Tacos, or 6536 Indiana Pacers branded bowling balls, or a countless number of computers, remote control cars, and anything else he likes because he’s got plenty of free time on his hands now.
His time was was short on this mortal coil, and he is no longer with us.
Jokes aside, Bynum has always struggled keeping healthy with his knees, and Indiana took a small gamble and it didn’t pay off. Unless a bunch of stories surface how he is secretly trying to tear the the Pacers apart from the inside, his time in Indiana will just be an interesting side note in the story of Bynum, and I wish him the best.