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Mike Brown says Andrew Bynum, if healthy, will start at center for the Cavs

Jul 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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Now that Andrew Bynum is officially a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and plans to be healthy enough to play a full season for his latest team, if that ends up happening (which, admittedly, would be a small miracle), there’s no doubt in the coach’s eyes what Bynum’s role will be.

Bynum has proven his worth in this league as an All-Star, so Cavs head coach Mike Brown won’t be making him prove himself again. If Bynum has no setbacks where his previously injured knees are concerned, he’ll immediately be inserted into the team’s starting lineup.

From Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

Cavs coach Mike Brown confirmed Friday that the Cavs aren’t really considering bringing Bynum off the bench in an effort to protect his knees and ease him back onto the court. If he can play, Bynum will start.

“He’s most likely going to start for us because he’s obviously an All-Star caliber player,” Brown said. “But we need to see where his health is as we progress toward training camp, into training camp, preseason and into the regular season. If everything fits right, if he’s completely healthy, no doubt about it, he’s our starter at center.”

It seems like a no-brainer of a decision — if you go out in free agency and get a center, even one with a consistent injury history whose work ethic was questioned last year, it’s because there aren’t a lot of other options already in place on the roster.

The rest of the Cavs’ frontcourt rotation includes Anderson Varejao, Tyler Zeller, Tristan Thompson, and Earl Clark. When healthy, there’s no doubt Bynum is the best option at the five, and Brown knows better than anyone just what Bynum can do for his basketball team.

Brown was the Lakers’ head coach in Bynum’s best season as a pro, when the big man was an All-Star and averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocked shots in 35.2 minutes per game during the 2011-12 season.

  1. tannethrill - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    I will say this much for Bynum. I can’t imagine Cleveland was his preferred destination and I can imagine the money he took was similar to offers from the other interested suitors from cities that likely were more desireable.

    Point being he went with the coach that brought him success in the past and a roster that could maximize his efforts. That seems like a wise choice and one I wouldn’t have expected him to make.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      No one else made Bynum an offer.

  2. blakegriffin32 - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    If Bynum ends up playing close to where he was, this Cavs team just became a pretty dangerous team. And inside outside duo of a healthy Irving and Bynum is pretty deadly. And all that young talent around them? Cavs have something to be excited about.

  3. money2long - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    bynum said recently any questions about his work ethic are nonsense. sometimes, i hate going off hearsay, but a lot of people have questioned it.

  4. unsportsmenmic - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic and commented:
    Is this really a story?

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      Apparently enough of a story for you to reblog it.

      • unsportsmenmic - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        Yes you are correct. And I thought it was interesting that Mike Brown is debating if Bynum is starting. Healthy = Starting. easy

    • harshedmellow - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:57 PM


    • apkyletexas - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      @unsportsmenmic – >”Is this really a story?”

      It will be when Bynum is your East starting Center in the All Star game in February, and Lebron starts talking about taking his talents back to Cleveland.

    • doubledown44 - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      “Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic and commented:
      Is this really a story?”

      If this site ever does a compilation of the worst comments ever, then this one would have to be right near the top.

    • doubledown44 - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      “Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic and commented:
      Is this really a story?”

      If this site ever does a compilation of the worst comments ever, then this one would have to be right near the top.

      • unsportsmenmic - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        The question is if this really a story because you signed this guy and your debating if he will be your starter? If he is healthy he is your starter PERIOD! Get a clue… It was tongue and check.

  5. 21stnprime - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    didnt Bynum choose not to take part in mike browns huddles during timeouts for a good part of the season? funny how things work out

    • apkyletexas - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      Bynum also had the best statistical year of his career playing for Brown, so I would think he had to factor that into his decision as well.

      • 21stnprime - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        didnt quite work out in CLE

  6. Louis Tumblin - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    If Bynum is healthy enough to play 55-60 games he makes Cleveland a playoff team. Let’s see if that happens. If Bynum can stay on the court he makes Cleveland relevant again.

  7. proxysays - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Tell Bynum to loose 45-50 pounds and put him in at the 4 and put big V at center.

    • bougin89 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Worst. Idea. Ever.

      You were joking right?

  8. brannu23 - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    I’m happy with the Cavs moves in the off-season, but, I’m still not understanding who will be starting at the 3. Alonzo Gee? That’s not exciting. I’m not mad at the Bynum pick, but we need someone much better and more consistent at the 3 if this team is going to be good. I thought it would be Bennet but he’s expected to either start or come off the bench at the 4.

  9. 00maltliquor - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    You know how bad of a draft this was when the writer names everyone in the CLE front court and leaves out the #1 draft pick PF Anthony Bennett!

  10. siggtacular - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Bynum returns to all star form in 2013

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