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Andrew Bynum speaks to the media about being a Pacer (VIDEO)

Feb 7, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

Indiana has signed Andrew Bynum but they are not going to rush him along, coach Frank Vogel has said Bynum will not play until sometime after the All-Star break. They don’t need to rush because they already have the best record in the East and the best defense in the NBA. Anything they get from him is just sprinkles on top of the icing already on the cake. Bynum was a low risk pickup because if he does workout he improves their bench and if he doesn’t they don’t pay him much and he doesn’t join Miami.

Bynum went through his first practice with the Pacers Friday and spoke to the media afterward, above is the conversation. Here are a few highlights.

• What did Bynum do with his time off between the Cavaliers and Pacers? “Really just relaxing at home, that’s it.” But he’s been keeping a workout regimen going, right? “Not really.” He did say he tried to eat right. So there’s that.

• “Getting comfortable with the guys, that’s the biggest part. Then when I’m given an opportunity go play hard.”

• To his critics that say he doesn’t love the game. “That’s what their going to say, I can’t fight it. All I can do is just go play hard and put points by my name.”

• “My motivation right now is the opportunity to win, because that’s the most fun, and just being around a positive atmosphere.”

• On his time in Cleveland, who traded him to Chicago (who cut him). “The atmosphere over there wasn’t one that promoted positive energy and wanting to come in, and it was just tough.” Spoken like a guy who played and grew up under Phil Jackson.

  1. calkinsrob - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Didnt workout all this time? lol what a bum

    • JMClarkent - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      He really is a sorry excuse for an athlete. Imagine what he could be if he gave a damn…

  2. timb12 - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    I’m sure the Pacers are hoping he’s just really bad at talking to the media. It makes you wonder how he sweet talked them into signing him.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      He pulled out a measuring tape, showed them he was 7 feet tall and said, “Look.”

      • fanofthegame79 - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        That and “I’m not in Miami right now, am I?”

  3. ranfan12 - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    I just want to see him play. Watched the last couple of games for no reason. Amazing how they managed to get him for 1 mil haha

  4. mickdamill - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    I cant wait to watch him and Oden go at it in the playoffs.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Given. Not Earned.

  6. ddpenny - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    mind you people, this won’t matter in the regular season. say what you want about bynum. but come the playoffs. a line-up with bynum on pf and hibbert on C throw in west and scola, mahinmi on some garbage time inside. i dont see some team, be it on the west, will beat the pacers points in the paint.

    • fanofthegame79 - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Buddy, that lineup would get killed by just about any team – those 4 players wouldn’t score 60 points over 48 minutes (using the statistical measure, I don’t really think those 4 will play all 48 minutes).

  7. metalhead65 - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    he is right about 1 thing it does not matter what anybody else thinks about him only what Larry Bird thinks. he thought enough to sign him for the rest of the season and unlike the last 2 teams he played with the Pacers will not put up with any distractions from him. it’s pretty simple really he does what he is suppose to and he plays, he doesn’t and he will be looking for a job next season.

  8. bballhistorian - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    I’ll speak for the minority here and say that although Bynum doesnt love basketball like the next guy, coming to a good situation like Indiana can help boost his confidence. I mean, the guy came from Cleveland (and we know how that atmosphere is…), so now that he’s older and more mature, it can be a great benefit for him, then the team.

  9. apkyletexas - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    He’s spent his career in two toxic locker rooms – Cleveland and LA. Who knows what he will become without Kobe laughing at him in public and openly wishing they would cut him.

    What will be funny is watching Dwight Howard and Bynum make deep playoff runs this year while the Lakers waive everyone off a last-place roster and desperately try to get Carmelo to leave New York.

    • musician0785 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      The Laker locker room was so toxic that it won him 2 championships, try harder……troll

      • apkyletexas - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        It’s toxic when Kobe Bryant, the leader of your team, is caught on video mocking you as a player and laughing at you and publicly states his wishes that the team would cut you. That’s pretty much the definition of toxic.

        The Lakers won a couple of titles, but I highly doubt that it was ever a positive environment for Bynum.

      • musician0785 - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        So winning 2 titles Isn’t a net positive for a player? gotcha…..Kobe didn’t want the Lakers to cut Bynum in 2007,he wanted them to trade him for Jason Kidd….not exactly the worst thing in the world. At leasr have your facts together before you troll….

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:25 AM

      If there’s one word that comes to mind when I think of Phil Jackson, toxic is certainly it.

      • apkyletexas - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        It probably would if he ever included his “stories” about you in one of his books.

    • ranfan12 - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      No.

  10. campcouch - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    The Lakers got rid of him to rent Dwight Howard for a year. Philly let him go after he hurt himself bowling or something instead of rehabbing. Cleveland gave him a shot and tried to work him in slowly,but eventually just told him to stay home. The Bulls traded Luol Deng for him and a paperwork draft pick and then released him the next day. He said he sat around and tried to eat right for a month and now Larry Bird will sprinkle pixie dust on him and he’ll become an All-Star again?

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