Oct 01, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum (33) poses for a photo during media day at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Since it has been forever since the former Los Angeles Big Man as well as the Philadelphia 76er (can we still mention him as “apart” of that team since he didn’t play a single minute?). Andrew Bynum was introduced to the media in Cleveland today. As Brett Pollakoff from NBC Sports stated, Bynum looked pretty relaxed, compared to what others have seen him lately.
This is a new situation for Bynum and as Pollakoff continued on, he [Bynum] would get asked plenty of questions and one that certainly anyone would of come to asking themselves, if he would in fact, be at training camp, how many games he thought he could play this coming season.
His response, via NBC Sports:
“I want to play a full season,” Bynum said. “There is no doubt in my mind that I can do that. Yes, I’m going to be ready. That is the plan. As long as I stick to it, I really believe that I have a great chance with this organization.”
There are many reports stating that Bynum is out of shape, remember he did not play a single minute this past season. So, surely there is some weight gained but from the statement above, he surely would like to be the man that was in Los Angeles playing for the Lakers.
You can’t deny what Bynum could of been. He is big, strong and could still become a dominate big man in the game, of course, being injury-free would be the selling point here.
Final statement from Pollakoff that I found to be a great point: Some additional motivation for Bynum to get healthy and stay that way, which will include dropping his weight — which he said was now at 305 — down to a more reasonable 280 or so. His two-year deal for $24 million is only guaranteed for $6 million, and Bynum will need to meet a number of performance benchmarks in order to earn the entire sum.