Even if Bynum becomes a cancer, I see the players uniting together to rid their lockerroom of him like Reggie and Company united against Brown. Having a common enemy brings people closer together.
I don't see any player being pro-Bynum. West is probably the only one with a strong enough will and confidence to stand against the rest of the group, and there isn't any chance in hell he's gonna bail on Ian.
On a principle level I hate the move, rewarding a guy like that. I'll just have to call him #17 and hope out of sight out of mind.
“Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right.” ― Ricky Gervais.
Remember when we were going to trade JO for Bynum?
Instead, we ended up getting Hibbert for JO...
Now we have Bynum backing up Hibbert.
Not the least concerned. Bird wasn't afraid to abolish Tinman from the team 2 st8t seasons while the guy was paid 6 M per. don't think he will batt an eye if Bynum steps out of line.
It could be a possibility. And if you are saying there is none because our guys are mental giants. I have to disagree. There are young mouthy guys here. Who may respond impulsively to his immaturity. If in fact he composes himself there.
There are two sides to Paul George's if. He could have said "I look forward to coming in here and embracing what we have established". Instead it is IF he comes in here and embraces
i don't think it is out of hand to ask. " what if he doesn't". What could happen. There is risk. I don't think it is im immeient. But I do give it a possibility to hurt. I would be naive not to.
Maybe Ian felt Lance didn't have his back. That Lance liked him more. Said some comment about how he like having a big with low post scoring on the bench. Maybe Ian and Lance get into something. Maybe Bynum gets frustrated and calls out Vogel to the press. Maybe instead of looking at the next opponent the players are looking at the tweets of Bynum getting mad. Maybe Bynum is sent home. Lockout. And Then it becomes a distraction. You don't have to be a mental midgit to be distracted.
Maybe Bynum gets floor burn. Misses a rotation and West chews him out. Maybe Bynum doesn't accept it and mouths off. Maybe that quiets the locker room. Maybe West is less likely to say something to anyone.
I think our system is tough for wing players and guards, but is rather big man friendly. We post up ALOT offensively. As long as Bynum can be a presence in the paint on defense, he should be more than okay offensively.
As a guy who's watched his fair share of Laker games, Bynum is more skilled than given credit for. He's not strictly a "power post player". He's got soft touch, and can even knock down short J's (well he used to, I only saw him play a few times on CLE)
Small sample size obviously, but Bynum's still been pretty good defending the rim. If there's a defensive system he'd fit in it's ours.
Deng on issues the Cavs are going through still:
“the stuff going on in practice would never be tolerated by the coaching staff or the front office back in Chicago. It’s a mess."- Luol Deng— NBA Forever (@NBAForever_) February 1, 2014
I'm just speculating, but sounds like Bynum may have not been the cause and just a scapegoat for the coaches whom may have lost the team (or from the GM that collected way to many immature players). Good chance he isn't completely innocent of course, but this proves at least he wasn't the root cause.
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"George's athleticism is bananas!" - Marc J. Spears
Maybe I get hit by a bus walking to my car after work. Maybe a bird that feasted on an inbred cow's feces craps from 1,000 feet in the air and it lands in my mouth as I'm yawning, causing me to contract a rare virus that I pass along to everyone I come into contact with causing an epidemic that baffles the medical community and threatens the very existence of the human race on Earth.
People are overthinking this whole thing. Locker room chemistry is delicate, I grant you that, but Bynum only signed a contract for the rest of the year, and it's a cheap one at that. If he comes in and causes problems, he's booted. End of story. He knows that. Bird knows that. The players know that.
Shades of Heat aquiring Birdman around this time last year. Look what it did for their title run.
Change is neither good or bad, it simply is.
I know there have been various rumors but did it ever come out what he did? The team doesn't seem excited about him coming in.
Not sure but I'm sure West will keep him in check
"So, which one of you guys is going to come in second?" - Larry Bird before the 3 point contest. He won.
I am hopefully and I think it is a lot different then Artist as he can just be cut if he doesn't behave but from Hill and West's lack of comments it is concerning. Paul George tried to put on a happy face but it felt a little forced. Even Vogel seemed tepid.
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I just keep picturing Larry, cigar in mouth, pushing all of his poker chips to the center of the table.
This season is so much fun.
My understanding is that it was his attitude plus the health of his knees. Together, that made him expendable. He's probably just about the same as DeMarcus Cousins, except Cousins is healthy and a better player.
There was also something along the lines of a "Delonte West situation" going on involving a coaches wife but that may just be a rumor.