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Pacers signed Andrew Bynum without giving him a physical first

May 9, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

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A 7-footer who had multiple knee surgeries might not hold up physically.

Who knew?

Apparently not the Pacers – or at least they chose not to investigate that before signing Andrew Bynum.

Candace Buckner of IndyStar:

The Pacers, who did not administer a physical to Bynum until after he signed the contract, had initially entered this relationship with high hopes.

As you know, that turned out horribly. Bynum never got healthy in Indiana, and he might have even damaged Roy Hibbert’s confidence.

I can’t imagine a scenario where the Pacers chose not to give Bynum a physical in a vacuum. Quite likely, he refused to do a physical until they signed him, which is a perfectly reasonable negotiating point on his end. It also should have been a huge red flag to Indiana.

And  maybe it was.

I’m not totally sold the Pacers signed Bynum only to keep him from the Heat, but this makes it look so much more likely.

  1. reesesteel23 - May 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Idiots. Who does that?

    • jimfix - May 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      someone who doesn’t care if they actually play for them and is just taking a flier on him as their 11th man.

    • ranfan12 - May 9, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      well they did only sign him for 1 mil, so they couldn’t have been planning to do too much in the long term

    • packergator - May 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      Trying to keep him from the Heat reeks of desperation for a team that was going the wrong way fast.

      • jimeejohnson - May 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM


  2. Wammy Giveaway - May 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Pacers signed Bynum for more than just that. He was supposed to be their lucky charm who would psyche the Heat out into a self submission. If the Pacers kept Bynum longer, Vogel would have activated him, but never use him. The sight of Bynum in warm ups would intimidate the Heat, causing them to come up with strategies exclusively for lineups against Bynum who would never be played. Overworking for an unused player would be their downfall, and later, the Heat would regret in missing out on Bynum. The Pacers would cakewalk their way to an NBA Finals. But now that they released Bynum, the Heat may finally be able to three-peat.

    The Pacers are on their own. If they want to make the NBA Finals, they must do so without any means of manipulating the psyche of the Heat.

    • robones - May 9, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Whoa! that’s a wammy of a theory you got there.

    • jkirby317 - May 9, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Yea, the Pacers will just use better play and team defense to beat the Heat in the Playoffs. Leave that psyche stuff to the hippies…

      • jimeejohnson - May 9, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        Leave that “tread on others” attitude to the short hairs.

    • 5xchamp24 - May 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      This is not 2k14 on the xbox dude

      • jimeejohnson - May 9, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        Ho do you know?

      • jimeejohnson - May 9, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Ho = How.

    • mydoghasfleez - May 9, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      That isn’t the dumbest bit of logic that I have ever heard, but if we were making a list, that would be on it.

  3. rajbais - May 9, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    The theme of the 2nd half of the Pacers’ season: it Bird’s fault.

    Remember, you’re only as good as your talent selector. Bird is showing that he is on the decline within a couple years of Indiana’s success.

    • jkirby317 - May 9, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      A team is only as good as it’s weakest link. Larry Legend is the ONLY PERSON in NBA history to get an MVP, Finals MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.
      I will give him any chances he wants with my team…

      • therealhtj - May 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        Remind us again how you acquired David West?


      • jkirby317 - May 9, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        He was the single piece added as a FA.
        When teams buy 3-5 (max level)new players at a time they are buying their team and not building it.
        You Heat “fans” just do not get it… Wait til LBJ leaves and see what “fans” your “team” has.

      • antistratfordian - May 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        Sure, but Bird hasn’t won anything as a coach or an executive – yet you’re acting like he’s Pat Riley. Mike Brown has as many coach of the year awards as Larry Bird.

      • jkirby317 - May 9, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        Uh, I just noted how Larry Bird won Coach and Executive of the Year.
        Is that something? Did he win it?

      • antistratfordian - May 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM


        Championships, guy. Rings. He is only a proven winner as a player.

      • rajbais - May 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        You’re not very smart. You’re saying that he’s perfect.

        Plus, the media picks the Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year awards.

        Sam Mitchell was Coach of the Year and got fired after no 2nd Rd appearance.

        Jerry West was forced out of LA after Phil Jackson’s first title in 2000. How did that work for LA?

        Pacers are ringless and will always be with that man running the ship!!!

      • asimonetti88 - May 9, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        rajbais – May 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM
        Jerry West was forced out of LA after Phil Jackson’s first title in 2000. How did that work for LA?


        Lakers have won 3 titles since then so I’d say it worked out alright in the end…

      • jkirby317 - May 9, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        At what point can people start to acknowledge the games currently being played in the NBA? Right now, the Indiana Pacers (put together piece-by-piece by Larry Bird) are the #1 seeded team in the Eastern Conference, are playing in the second round of the playoffs, and have more than 3 former All-Stars (George, Hibbert, West) under contract for the next season unlike your beloved Los Angeles Lakers who only have 3 players under contract.
        So watch your VHS tapes of when the Lakers were playing in May while I watch the Indiana Pacers play games in real-time.

      • jkirby317 - May 19, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Phil Jackson can’t even get Steve Kerr to be his coach.

    • pacersfan1 - May 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Man you make me laugh. The pacers have got better every year from the time Bird came back to Indy. Also they are the number one seed in the east. But you say he is in decline. Please worry about your 2k14 team and don’t worry yourself about how Larry Bird is running the Pacers. Go Pacers!

      • rajbais - May 9, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        He is in decline. Joe Dumars declined right after acquiring Iverson.

        One bad move hurts you as a GM.

        The coach is pissed at you, the contracts are immovable; that’s why you decline. They’re not Finals bound next year. I don’t Miami will go back next year, but Indy’s offense stinks.

      • rajbais - May 9, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        By the way how were they good when they hired Jim O’Brien????

        That shows you that Bird is overrated. He’s had a good career, but he can be terrible!!!

  4. jvw1982 - May 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Someone needs to lose their job over this and if Hibbert lost his confidence because of this he has no one to blame but himself….

  5. jcrileyesq - May 9, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    phil jackson on line one for veterans minimum

  6. jeffkx - May 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM


  7. doctordunkenstein - May 9, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Bang up job there Birdy!

  8. jkirby317 - May 9, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    The Pacers are going to be fine without Andrew Bynum. So far, 1-0 without him… 11 more wins to go.

    • packergator - May 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      I’ll debate that they’re going to be fine, one way or the other.

      • jkirby317 - May 9, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        Pacers are fine without BYNUM. They are the best TEAM in the NBA.
        #1 defense. #1 seed in the East.
        Debate that.

      • jimeejohnson - May 9, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        OK. The Pacers are NOT the best team in the NBA. Your turn.

  9. metalhead65 - May 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    if anybody thinks the pacers signed him because they thought he was going to be their missing link then you are nuts! so they did not give him a physical big deal! if they did not sign him somebody else would have physical or not and if he had been able to play they would have looked foolish for not signing him when they had the chance. they took a gamble and lost. he did show he would have been a big help had been healthy in the 2 games he did play. signing him had nothing to do with their collapse. having mentally weak players was the reason the team fell apart in the second half. Bird’s job is to get players who could help the team so he traded a guy who was not helping them in granger for a guy who could. not his fault his players needed a babysitter for God’s sake! when he played the celtics traded his best friend and he did not throw a fit or decide he could not play as well without him. if they want to throw away everything they worked for because he traded granger then allot of those guys will follow him out of Indiana after the season along with the coach. Bird knows what he is doing and it is not his fault his players do not have the heart of a champion.

    • void96eater - May 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM


  10. anonymous135 - May 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Perhaps if they had performed a physical they would have realized no one else would have dared to sign him either unless they were idiots… oops.

  11. pacersfan1 - May 9, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Anti. He doesn’t have a championship ring as an executive. You are right on that one. I think the playoffs are still being played. Pacers have a very young team. So it’s just a matter of time.

  12. lenbias34pt - May 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Larry Bird.

    Who else do you want to blame for adding Evan Turner. A young player the 76ers were dying to get rid of even thou Philly’s only goal this season is to lose and GET YOUNG!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Bynum move speaks to well for itself for anyone to interject.

  13. mpa2000 - May 9, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Bird’s fault.

  14. rogerrodgers - May 10, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Pacers, you’re not going to win the championship with a lemon

  15. pacers24 - May 10, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Bird coached for just 3 years yet has more coach of the year awards that eric spolstra. haha

    id have 2 rings as well if i had lebron and wade on my teams

    spo will never win a CoY. even phil jackson got one during the 72 game win season

    Bird also has the same amount of executive of they year awards as riley.

    not everyone is as lucky as the heat for being chosen by 3 all stars to play on their team….those executives and coaches do nothing but sign their names on the check and fill out the starting lineup sheet

    FOH bashing Bird you idiots

  16. sizzlazone - May 10, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Andrew Bynum is a keep getting checks guy

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