It seems crazy to think that just three seasons ago, Indiana Pacers big man Andrew Bynum was averaging nearly 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Los Angeles Lakers.
But then an injury and a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers happened and Bynum hasn’t been the same player since.
The former high school talent left the Sixers in free agency (never playing a game for the franchise) and attempted to revive his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but just thirty plus games into the season Bynum all but forced his way off the team with his childish antics.
Now Bynum sits on the Indiana Pacers bench, ruled out for the first round of the NBA’s playoffs. His inability to play lead some to suggest that the Pacers were simply keeping him fresh for a potential matchup against the Miami Heat, but Bob Finnan doesn’t seem to think so – in fact – he suggests the career of Bynum could be over.
"There’s a chance Pacers center Andrew Bynum’s season — and possibly his career — is over. He has been ruled out of Indiana’s playoff series against Atlanta and Bynum’s knee is so bad, he likely won’t play in the postseason, even if the Pacers get to the NBA Finals in early June. One could surmise that his career is in serious jeopardy, despite being just 26 years old."
Bynum isn’t exactly the most endearing player you’ll ever come across, but you never want to see a player have their career derailed by injury.