Andrew Bynum was recently recorded saying that he’d like to return to the L.A. Lakers
In a video recorded by a reporter from TMZ, Andrew Bynum is seen saying that he'd like to return to the LA Lakers. Bynum’s comments raise interesting questions about his intentions for next season and his future as an NBA player in general.
After averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game in the 2011/2012 season, Bynum was widely considered one of the best centers in the league, set to become a perennial All-Star. That summer he was involved in a blockbuster four-team trade that sent Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers, as well as sending Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets.
Unfortunately, when Bynum reached Philadelphia his luck turned and the knee injuries that had plagued him throughout his career prevented him from ever stepping on the basketball court as a 76er.
After a year out and the third arthroscopic knee surgery of his career, Bynum signed for the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer, hoping to restart his career. However, Bynum played just 24 games for the Cavaliers before he was suspended indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team” and was subsequently traded to the Chicago Bulls, who waived him immediately after.
In what appeared to be his last chance he was picked up by the Indiana Pacers, who hoped they could eek some of Bynum’s residual talent out of his damaged body. After appearing in two games for the Pacers he was ruled out indefinitely with knee soreness and swelling and it was announced that Bynum would no longer be involved with the team’s activities.
Now officially an NBA nomad, Bynum will be lucky if he can persuade any team, let alone the LA Lakers, to give him another shot. Even if Bynum can explain away his antics with the Cavaliers, why should any team be willing to gamble on Bynum’s notoriously fragile knees?
Bynum’s only chance to return to the NBA lies in the extraordinary talent he flashed during his uninjured time with the Lakers. This could tempt a bottom-dwelling team into taking a chance on the precocious big man, provided of course he takes a significant pay cut from the $6 million he received last year. On top of this Bynum will have to show real determination to return to his former self, something this video perhaps shows he's willing to do, should the right offer come in.
The LA Lakers though? With their ever lofty ambitions I’d say it’s unlikely we see them taking a chance on someone who will ultimately go down as one the NBA’s biggest ‘what-if?’ players.