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Reason for Andrew Bynum getting kicked out of practice and suspended by Cavs revealed, and it’s hilarious

Feb 12, 2014, 11:14 AM EDT

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Andrew Bynum has done just fine for himself, having landed with a legitimate title contender in the Pacers after stops in Philadelphia and Cleveland that haven’t worked out, to say the very least.

Last season with the Sixers, Bynum never got healthy enough to be able to play in even a single game for the team that traded Andre Iguodala in hopes of landing the All-Star version of Bynum we saw in his final year in Los Angeles.

The Cavaliers took a chance on him with a low-risk, incentive-laden contract that could have been worth up to $25 million over two years, but things ended with a messy divorce that saw Bynum traded to the Bulls for Luol Deng, who is likely to leave at the end of this season as an unrestricted free agent.

The details surrounding Bynum’s dismissal in Cleveland have remained murky until now, with the team perhaps not wanting to disparage the big man’s reputation any further while they tried to deal him out of town. Now that he’s gone, however, we finally know exactly what behavior ultimately pushed the Cavaliers over the edge.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of 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.

Amazing, mainly because of the level of blatant disrespect doing something like this would show to both teammates and coaches.

Can you imagine?

Inbound pass to Bynum after a made basket, and instead of giving it back to the point guard to bring it up the floor, he launches an 80-footer. That’s obviously the most ridiculous scenario, but given the fact that it caused the team to cut ties with Bynum altogether, it’s probably not that much of a stretch.

  1. jammer73 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    “Hah Kobe did! Remember that rant that went on Youtube a few years back of saying how they should trade him for Jason Kidd? In the end it probably worked out for the best since Kidd’s best years were WELL behind him”
    Yeah, except the Lakers actually did one worse than that and signed Steve Nash…LOL!

  2. velocirep - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Ha! that is pretty funny, I could just picture Mike Brown trying to ignore it… The worst thing about though is that he never really was as good as he is remembered. He was mostly just playing with the best player and best power forward in the league at the time. He used to get killed when switching on Dirk or Garnett. Been getting paid off of the hype of potential. There have been worse fake-good-players. Bynum is just extremely ghetto about it. Freaking hilarious

  3. funkmong - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    2things, one being how this shows the incredible immaturity of Bynum, but two being how DeVoidOfLeadership the Cavs really are! There’s NO ONE in leadership capacity that could spend needed time with Bynum to mentor him towards manhood?

    • campcouch - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      People choose to be led. They either buy in to the person at the front or don’t. I wouldn’t think it took much external motivation to play in a pro-league…and Bynum has been doing this for a while. Kind of late in his life to mentor him into manhood lol.

  4. campcouch - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Well,at least the owner has,although not publicly,admitted to his hiring mistakes and personnel mistakes. He fired the GM and signed off on the release of a dummy. If people are such sheep that grown men cannot take responsibility for themselves and blame others or the “atmosphere” for their failures,then they deserve to suck. Unfortunately pro-athletes don’t suffer the same consequences at work like everyone else. Their money is guaranteed. If one of us acted like fools at work or gave half-effort because we didn’t like the boss or the coffee,we’d be let go.

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