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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. evolrider - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    He is such a POS. It’s amazing Kobe didn’t snap and take his head off at some point.

    • joshm5683 - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:09 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 and the Lakers did win 2 titles with Bynum being involved, especially 2010…….however yeah, the guy’s attitude is severely lacking

  2. pfic15 - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    And yet there he is in Indiana….stealing some more $$$.

    • siris46 - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      He is getting paid $1M which is way less than they are paying some of the other bench warmers.

      • zeedoubleyou - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Yet you and I are making $1M less for the same production.

  3. romestar82 - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Some random dudes were talking about how “he’s change,he sat down with the Pacers for 3 hrs and said how he wanted to fit with the team and the team not fit with him” ,I made a interruption and told these guy’s “He told them what he wanted to hear,in order to steal another check “

  4. timberwolvesbrisin - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Why is this “hilarious?”

  5. timb12 - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    This is awful. I know it was supposed to be hilarious, but it just irritated me. Bynum is really trying to get everyone to root against the Pacers I guess.

  6. shuttaman1990 - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are a joke anyways.
    Heard that? Kyrie would be willing to get paid less to play with the lakers.
    This shows you how this organization is just wack.
    Luol Deng is appalled at what is going on there.
    No wonder Bynum went into full not giving a you know what mode. I mean he never was like that crazy during Laker practices, and that 3 he took in a game well he was coached by non other than Mike Brown. Who is currently well, oh yeah THE CAVS COACH!
    Oh, and I love Adrian’s title “How Cleveland lost its way, and lost a chance at LeBron’s return”

    Cleveland lost eternally.

    Lakers all day. Kiss our rings. Baby Babaeyyyy!

    • apkyletexas - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Nice 17-point loss to the Jazz last night.

      • shuttaman1990 - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Meh, everyone hurt, Nash still hurt again. We do what we do.
        Next year though my my my MAN!
        Lakers will have at least another ring before the end of this decade, you can bet on that!
        Lakers all day!

      • loungefly74 - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        love the attitude, shuttaman. yeah…i think the Lakeshow a grabs ring in this decade.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        Lakers losing last night doesn’t change the fact that Cleveland is kind of a joke right now.

  7. khadeemw - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Anyone who was willin to throw real money at Bynum should’ve been punished with the antics that he blessed them with. Cant cut corners Cleveland!!!! This is extremely funny

  8. flyii - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I laughed out loud, literally. But how foolish of him to cost himself 12mill.

    • spursareold - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Actually, closer to 18M with next year’s salary.

  9. thekingdave - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    A Lakers fan, picking on the Cavs and trying to manufacture some sort of weird nonexistent rivalry because Irving will play in LA for less? Idk, get back on your meds.

    • shuttaman1990 - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Aye breh, there is no rivalry here.
      I just love taking dumps on that joke of a team. A team which is ruining a good PG right now.

      Lakers all day.

      • ronp2 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Hi Laker fan! How are you? The Cavs may suck, the Cavs may have lost to the Lakers with essentially 4 elegible players, and we still have a better record than you. Oh, and I know Cali got that good stuff out there so that explains you notion of winning another title in this decade…go get some Doritos before the munchies set in bruh…

      • zeedoubleyou - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        Lakers fans dream of Kobe, Kevin Love and Kyrie.

        Everyone else laughs at the prospect of seeing them play in 142-138 shootouts nightly.

  10. azarkhan - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Another rich fool who thinks he’s entitled.

  11. lbroberts123 - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Good grief. Lakers fans are so annoying. Self-entitled and pompous, even with a crappy team and season like they’re experiencing right now.

  12. doc305 - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Some people just can’t get out of their own way. I heard something on the radio the other day about how some of these kids start getting away with whatever they want as young as 12-13 years old (AAU) just because they are good at a sport, and its the adults (coaches) that enable them by never saying no… adjustment into adulthood is next to impossible for some of these guys. Not saying this guy isn’t responsible for his actions but we are all products of our environment, and its clear this dudes environment was one where nobody ever set him straight.

    Indy will be smart with him though, play him very limited minutes, let him earn his way into the rotation.. if he can’t, o well, they have enough to compete as is.

    • oasis511 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      You are so very right. A sophomore point guard on our high school team runs his mouth all game to the other team and the refs and throws a fit every time he’s whistled for a foul. One night he and some friends sat under the basket at a girls game and heckled the referees the whole first half. At halftime, the ref told them to shut up or move to the top of the bleachers. The player told his friends that they didn’t have to move and that he was going to stand up and sarcastically applaud the refs when they came back out of the tunnel. Two minutes into the third quarter, he yelled something again and the ref stopped the game and told the athletic director to make the kids move. Instead of moving, the player and his buddy stormed out and didn’t stay to watch the rest of the game.

      Last week he almost cost us a game by getting the team’s first technical foul in three years, with the game tied near the end of the third quarter. This kid has no respect for authority or his competition.

  13. eagles512 - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    He’s a disgrace

  14. isaiah007 - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Kingdave, the reason Laker fans hate the Cavs and pick on them is their disgraceful owner. The whole lockout was about owners like Gilbert whining and complaining. It wasn’t about player salaries, nobody even remembers what they made and what they make now. What we remember was people complaining because the Lakers were good. That’s ridiculous! Killing the CP3 trade only because the Lakers were involved even more ridiculous. Writing a letter to the commish, to whine about the Lakers making a good trade. But it hurt New Orleans also, as they had a much better trade set up for themselves. I won’t relive that deal but anyone that knows basketball knows that hurt all the teams except Houston and it hurt the players involved. Smh. F Gilbert and his team!!!!

    • shuttaman1990 - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      oh yeah can’t forget about him being involved in the basketball reasons fiasco.
      Gilbert can send his entire kids to go pick out those draft picks but he will never have the same sucess he had with lebron james.
      Cavaliers should be sold to a Seattle group.

      Lakers all day

      • adzs - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        If you didn’t end every post with ”Lakers all day” i’d have actually given you a thumbs up on each one as it is your coming across as a bit of a turd

      • gostlcards5 - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        @adzs – I wish I could give this comment 1,000 thumbs-up.

      • shuttaman1990 - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        It’s ok, I love the Lakers, that doesnt make me feel like a turd.

        Lakers all day.

      • therealhtj - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        NO ended up with Anthony Davis. They ultimately won that trade.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        NO got Davis with their own pick. They got Austin Rivers with the Clippers pick.

      • therealhtj - Feb 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        They got bad enough to get that #1 overall in part because of the way that trade ultimately went down. They’ve got a franchise talent on a rookie deal. They won.

  15. cantonbound13 - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    I thought he ate all the donuts at the last team meeting.

  16. camodaddy26 - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Nothing hilarious about it…. just plain right out dumb and immature.

  17. djshnooks - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Go figure, the least “team” sport out of the 4 main pro sports, has selfish and arrogant pricks? Never surprises me to hear this.

    But it is hilarious, because it’s basketball.

    • fanofthegame79 - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Go troll in your sport’s forum, not here.

  18. beavertonsteve - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Well, between Irving and Waiters he may have only had the ball in his hands 3 times during the scrimmage.

  19. loungefly74 - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    AB…what coulda been. Tremendous potential but zero heart. he will get it when he reflects back on how many “0’s” he lost on the contracts that coulda been. I say after the Pacers, AB may go to one other team to ride the pine and then thats it. career done.

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      still better than kwame brown lol so i guess he wins…he’s still paid..

      is it fair? just depends on who you ask i guess lol

  20. kamauthabiti - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    blame Bynum if you want, but the Cavs players who pretend to be leaders are the worst.

  21. topdawg4ever - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Bynum has mental problems. Not just being “immature”, but serious problems. And the longer a team’s front office keeps throwing money at him the longer it will keep happening. The Pacers are taking a huge chance on a guy that is mentally unstable and could easily ruin the Pacer’s chemistry.

    Get rid of him now.

  22. doctordunkenstein - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Lakers fans hated Cleveland because of LBJ, now they hate Miami because of LBJ.

    Lakers fans are jealous of LBJ cuz deep down they know he is better than Kobe ever was

    • money2long - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      Kobe would demolish lebron

      • nickeb108 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        In what universe?

  23. jbeagles23 - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    The Lebron Kobe debate is dead now. Lebron has always been the better basketball player

    • loungefly74 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      yes….now. but not “always”.

  24. therealgrande - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    People thought this guy should sign with teams like Indiana or Miami and would actually HELP them in the long run? Please. Dude has been a cancer since he started shooting 3’s in LAL. He doesn’t enjoy playing the game and will continue, now with Indiana, to rob teams of there money. What a disgrace.

  25. chargerdillon - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Keep in mind during Kobe’s down years and by that I mean when there wasn’t another superstar besides Kobe. Their whole sales pitch to Kobe was about grooming this kid for the future.

    Remember they wanted Kobe to be patient for this guy to MATURE.

    Kobe would still be waiting if he hadn’t pulled the kneejerk move like he did which sent Jerry and Mitch scrambling to find Pau Gasol.

    Just imagine all those mediocre seasons that Kobe would’ve had if he hadn’t scared Mitch and Jerry into not being patient on Bynum.

    This just screams to how good of a coach Phil Jackson really is.

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