The Cleveland Cavaliers landed the second most coveted big man on the free agent market in Andrew Bynum. The center has been quick to praise his new team, calling the Cavaliers a “playoff team.”
The biggest question is about whether Bynym will be healthy. He missed all of last season recovering from knee injuries. If Bynum is healthy, Mike Brown expects him to start the
Cavs coach Mike Brown confirmed Friday that the Cavs aren’t really considering bringing Bynum off the bench in an effort to protect his knees and ease him back onto the court. If he can play, Bynum will start.
“He’s most likely going to start for us because he’s obviously an All-Star caliber player,” Brown said. “But we need to see where his health is as we progress toward training camp, into training camp, preseason and into the regular season. If everything fits right, if he’s completely healthy, no doubt about it, he’s our starter at center.”
It seems like a no brainer. When he was healthy he was a dominating force up front for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Brown was the Lakers’ head coach in Bynum’s best season as a pro, when the big man was an All-Star and averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocked shots in 35.2 minutes per game during the 2011-12 season.