The Beginning of the End of Andrew Bynum

This is a guest post by Erica Blackburn. Erica is a graduating senior at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia seeking her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism. She writes complementary articles for emPower magazine and has written for her college newspaper, Hampton Script, for the sports section. She is passionate about sports, in particular football and in her free time, she enjoys to read, watch documentaries, blog and online shop.

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The Dwight Howard frenzy has come to an end. He finally made a decision to sign with the Houston Rockets, but there’s another big man who is catching my attention but flying under the radar. Does anybody remember Andrew Bynum? ESPN reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks are interested in Andrew Bynum. The Cavs would be willing to sign Bynum if he is willing to sign a one-year contract.

Bynum spent the entire 2012-2013 season on the Philadelphia 76ers bench with bad knees and even worse hair-dos. The Los Angeles Lakers, in my humble opinion, duped the 76ers into believing that Bynum would be the same player he was in LA. I believe the Lakers knew that Bynum’s knees were bad and they decided to dump him so they could get Howard. It worked, because 76ers centered their season around Bynum who played approximately 0 minutes last season. But oh, karma is real, isn’t it Laker Nation? Another story for another day.

Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks are contending for Bynum’s affection, I think neither one of these places are good enough for Bynum. No team in the NBA is good enough for Bynum because I think Bynum’s career is done.

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Since Bynum entered the league in 2005, he has been injury prone. Bynum played in 82 just one season in his eighth season career, but has averaged 11.7 points, 1.6 blocks and 7.8 rebounds in his career. But his troubles don’t end there. During his last season in LA, he decided to throw up three-pointers as if they were hook shots from inside the paint even though former Lakers coach, Mike Brown, said not to. The year before that, he was ejected from a game for shoving J.J. Barea, then proceeded to tear off his shirt as he was being ejected. Clearly, Bynum has a maturity issue. Yes, he is only 25 years old but he has been in the league since he was 17 years old. His immaturity and injuries made him widely inconsistent during his career. It even appeared that he didn’t even want to play sometimes.

I’m not in no way wishing bad things for Bynum. I believed at one point that Bynum could be better than Howard if he could stay healthy and grew up. He has such an upside that I believe wasn’t tapped into completely. The potential that Bynum had was mind-blowing but I don’t think he takes it seriously. Sure, the Cavs may sign Bynum for a one-year deal, but I don’t think they should waste their time. I believe his knees are done just like his career is.

About Erica Blackburn

Hampton University graduate, Georgetown University graduate student. Associate Producer at SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Lover of all things reality sports and fantasy sports.