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Andrew Bynum practices 3-on-3, Vogel hopeful he can play “soon”

Feb 28, 2014, 4:49 PM EDT

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The Indiana Pacers do plan on putting Andrew Bynum on the court in one of their uniforms.

Of course, that can only happen when Bynum is fully healthy and in condition and that is going to happen whenever it happens (I have gotten out of the Bynum timeline business, I’d rather be Carnival Cruise Line’s PR person right now).

Pacers coach Frank Vogel isn’t in the Bynum timeline business either other than to say “soon.” Bynum is working out 3-on-3 Vogel told the Indy Star.

Andrew Bynum practiced three-on-three Thursday, and Vogel said he was optimistic the 7-foot center would be ready to play soon. Soon doesn’t mean a week from now, the coach said.

“The goal is to get him to the point where he’s able to play every night,” Vogel said. “We don’t want him to play one game and sit three games….

“We know what we can expect from him when he’s healthy and in shape. He’s one of the best centers in the NBA,” Vogel said. “We’ve seen flashes of that in practice that he’s shown here.”

They saw flashes of that in Cleveland, too. It’s what is between the flashes that is the issue.

My guess is between now and the end of the season the Pacers will try to get him in a few games and then make a decision on what direction they want to go. Maybe he helps, maybe he doesn’t. If it ends up with the worst-case scenario then from the Pacers’ perspective at least he’s riding their pine and not a member of the Heat (as much as Larry Bird may publicly deny it people around the league say that was part of the motivation for bringing Bynum in).

  1. tampajoey - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Why is the picture of Bynum in a Cavs uniform? Be more appropriate to have a picture of him bowling. Someone let me know when the quitter diva finds his heart.

  2. moseskkim - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    the fact is he will never be fully healthy and probably wont ever be in shape. therefore the words bynum and best centers should never be in the same sentence.

  3. crillbill - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    He just needs that German super sauce in the off season and someone will give him 10 mil a year

    • tfoz5150 - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      He’s already had it when he was “with” the Sixers. His knees are shot! I think it’s ironic that Evan Turner is his teammate again. He’s probably the only one in that organization that’s not holding out any hope for a return of the Big Fella.

  4. seattlesuperchronic - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:23 PM


    It’s now going to be called German super sauce therapy by me from now on. I almost shot my Juicy Juice out my nose when I read that. German super sauce, awesome.

  5. phillycannon - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    I envy this dude. Being 7ft and robbing teams for money seems like the thing to do. But who am i to blame him for taking the money, that these teams give him. The crazy part is he will still be in the league next year and not with the Pacers lol. Wow, where did most of us go wrong in life

  6. metalhead65 - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    hope is able to help Pacers but they are are not not going to put him on the court just because they signed him. he either can play or he sits, they knew it was a gamble when they brought him in. I will take L arry B ird’s word over league sources.

  7. phillyphan93 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:11 PM


  8. pfic15 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Jason Collins > Andrew Bynum

    • manilamobb - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      4 years ago that would be madness to think Collins was better than Bynum. How things change in just a few years.

    • bhunter1995 - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      Bynum’s stats for the Cavs – 8 PPG 5 RPG and 1.5 BPG – I don’t care how much of a clown Bynum is, saying Jason Collins (best season ever – 3PPG/2RPG/43% FG) is better then Bynum is wrong. Bynum playing at 50% is better then Collins at 150%. On a relevant note, if they can motivate Bynum and get him in game shape, the 1-2 punch of Hibbert and Bynum will be scary.

      • pfic15 - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        I would take Collins over Bynum. He would sell jerseys …fill seats…and not act like a complete clown when he didn’t get his way. Bynum is a child. Has been since he came in the league. Sadly, someone will continue to pay this loser.

  9. campcouch - Mar 1, 2014 at 5:05 AM

    Real superstars who go to bad teams think that they can lift the franchise up. Maybe it’s blind faith or maybe it’s ego,but they feel that they are the best and can drive that squad to greatness. Those players are becoming fewer. Now guys want to get drafted or traded to contenders already. If you claim to be or some “expert” labels you one of the best,then prove it. Don’t mope around and complain that everyone else sucks. I don’t have to pay the guy,and I curse genetics for not making me a foot taller,but for Pacer fans to think that this freeloader who’s effort got him traded,not re-signed,traded and released, is going to magically appear in the playoffs versus the Heat and lead them to victory must be cuckoo for cocoa puffs. He could only average 8 points for the center deficient Cavs…who ironically traded for his former teammate Spencer Hawes,who is actually contributing to their improved play. This isn’t the 80s,a 7 foot body is just someone who’ll show up clearer on a poster of LeBron James dunking lol.

  10. belleby123 - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Bynum makes me think Dikembe Mutombo should make a comeback after doing that Geico commercial.

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