The Andrew Bynum saga from earlier this year took on a life of its own as fans were reminded of how self-centered the big man’s image was when it came to how he carried himself with a team. Bynum had sat out an entire season with the Philadelphia 76ers, making little effort to play for them and wasn’t much better with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Bynum being cut by the Bulls and then left out in the cold by NBA teams around the league must have been a wake up call for the once promising center, as Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard noted that Bynum sold himself in a way the team never saw coming.
According to Pritchard (via the Indianapolis Star), Bynum noted that if the Pacers signed him, he would change his attitude to fit in with the culture Indiana has and would do his best to help them win a championship.
“He made it perfectly clear,” Pritchard said during the radio interview. “He was like, ‘Look, I want to win a championship, I think I can really help you, and I want to fit in. I’m not coming here to let everybody fit in with me. I got to fit in with everybody else.’
This seems to go against reports that Bynum was lethargic in his approach to basketball and was even considering quitting. Pirtchard said Bynum’s sales pitch changed the Pacers feelings towards Bynum and he was signed shortly thereafter.