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Pacers make it official: Andrew Bynum out “indefinitely” with knee swelling

Mar 21, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

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When the Pacers went out and got Andrew Bynum — paying him $1 million after the Cleveland Cavaliers traded him and the Bulls cut him — it was always a long shot. They already had Ian Mahinmi as a backup center behind Roy Hibbert. If Bynum worked out and was an upgrade, great. If not, well at least the Heat couldn’t throw him at them in the playoffs.

It looks more and more like it will be the latter outcome.

Indiana made official Friday that Bynum will be out indefinitely with “soreness and swelling in his right knee.” This echoes what Pacers coach Frank Vogel told our own Brett Pollakoff a few days ago.

“He played in the Detroit game (20 minutes), aggravated a previous condition and had some swelling in there,” Vogel said. “He’s going to be out for a little while.”

It took two games, 20 minutes in the second one, to have this setback (Bynum did have 15 points and 9 boards in that second game). Not a good sign.

Indefinitely is vague, so it is possible Bynum returns for the postseason, but if you are familiar with Bynum and his recovery timeline the odds of him being back in a month when the playoffs begin are not good. The idea of him contributing in the playoffs, at least anything of significance, is also limited at best.

The Pacers have bigger issues right now, having lost their momentum and having gone 5-5 in their last 10 (with the wins coming against the weaker sisters of the Eastern Conference, the Pacers didn’t look impressive in those games). The biggest problem is their defense has slipped from its elite levels in that time, plus there is frustration about getting good shots in the offense (we’re looking at you, Lance Stephenson). Nothing that can’t be worked out, but the Pacers haven’t been quite the same since not long after the All-Star break and they need to find that groove again soon.

Andrew Bynum will not help them with that.

  1. bucrightoff - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    He really needs to start picking up any future checks with a ski mask and a gun.

    • kb2408 - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      No one put a gun to anyone’s head and forced them to give him the money he’s gotten. They all were hoping the same thing, which is Bynum would return to the player that was arguably the best center in the league just two years ago. The NBA is mo

      • kb2408 - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        As I was saying, the NBA is not hurting for money. Plenty of players that haven’t accomplished anything have made millions. At least Bynum contributed to two championships.

  2. jazz607 - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Whatever! He’s stealing money!!!

  3. granadafan - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    We could see this coming a mile away.

  4. controlledchaos123 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Time to join the PBA.

  5. campcouch - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    I curse my family genetics! If only I was a foot and a half taller,I could be a bench player in the NBA and get paid while articles were written about my worthlessness!

    • henryd3rd - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      Shut Andrew! We know that you making that comment.

  6. 1harrypairatesties - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Bulls were smart to dump him immediately in the Luol Deng trade to Cleveland.

    • henryd3rd - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      The bulls were cheap. They should have paid Deng and kept that team together.

  7. 00maltliquor - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Get well, AB. God bless!

    • henryd3rd - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      Andrew close your Tablet! We know that you again!

  8. chiadam - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Just a matter of time. He and Greg Oden should stand outside on a windy day and see who blows a knee out first.

  9. sellahh - Mar 22, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Here’s to all the people saying Bynum’s a bum.
    Ya’ll probably complain when you get a running nose and go get a leave from a doctor. Most of you ‘active’ people probably skip their 2 miles jog when their calf feels half sore.
    Also, the people saying “oh, if I was 7 feet tall”. Well, there are a lot of 7 feet tall players that played in the NBA and lasted less than a season. Bynum is a HELL of a talent. Had he been healthy, I feel safe to say it, he’d have been hand down the best offensive C in the league only rivaled by a healthy Brook Lopez (yeah…).
    I said this and I’ll say it again, the man has played with bone on bone in his knee during 2 finals and you hadn’t had A SINGLE REPORT mentioning him. Wasn’t that much of a difference, but he gutted it out.
    I can only understand if you’re a Philly fan. Other than that you need to keep your mouth shut cause all these spiteful comments are made by couch potatoes whose only activity is running after a missed bus.

    • borderline1988 - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      ‘I can only understand if you’re a Philly fan’

      Either you believe Bynum is a bum or you don’t. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, no one needs you to moderate who is allowed to have an opinion and who does not.

      Fact is, Bynum says all the right things right before he signs a contract. Once the documents are signed, everything changes and his mere presence (without even playing) literally can ruin a locker room.

      I know injuries have robbed him of his abilities, but there is a reason it’s easier to cheer for a guy like Greg Oden over Andrew Bynum.

  10. unfly - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Bynumite

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