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Report: Andrew Bynum wouldn't stop shooting in practice with Cavs

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Bynum wasn't taking practice seriously in Cleveland at the end. (USATSI)
Andrew Bynum wasn't taking practice seriously in Cleveland at the end. (USATSI)

It seems like a decade since Andrew Bynum has been anything but a punchline in NBA conversations. We've discussed the peculiar hairstyle choices, his injury that happened when he was bowling, and the 3-pointer he took as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers under Mike Brown. Apparently, his shooting exploits with the Lakers carried over to his time this season under coach Brown when he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs' Bynum experiment only lasted a few months, with the center eventually being kicked out of practice, removed from the team, and eventually traded to the Chicago Bulls, who promptly waived his non fully guaranteed contract. What was the final straw with Bynum in Cleveland? It turns out he felt Brown was still giving him a green light that was being passed his way. From Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports:

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.

Perhaps Eddie House is the spirit guide of Bynum?

This definitely sounds like a guy who just stopped caring about what his role with the team was supposed to be and decided to act out for whatever reason. Maybe it's a lack of respect for Brown as a coach, considering this is the second time in a couple of years he's done something along these lines? Maybe it's just not wanting to take the NBA profession as a serious job anymore? Maybe it's a cry for help that stems from seeing a big man like Chris Bosh being allowed to shoot from the outside?

Whatever it is, Bynum will have to cut it out if he wants to fit in with the Indiana Pacers, the team that picked him up after the Bulls waived him. I can't imagine the organization will be asking him to shoot the ball in practice in the same manner as they prepare for a run at the 2014 NBA title.

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