The Cleveland Cavaliers made one of the bigger and more questionable signings this offseason when they landed free agent center Andrew Bynum. There was plenty of criticism and skeptical points of view on the young man, but the Cavs took a chance that may wind up working out in their favor.
After signing his two-year, $24 million contract on Friday Bynum gave us all an impressive press conference in which he addressed his health, work ethic, goals and excitement to be in Cleveland.
He started off by giving credit to the organization for allowing him every opportunity to succeed, stating that his number one goal is getting his career back on track and he’s thankful for Cleveland presenting that chance to him.
When asked about his health and the chance he plays in the team’s first game, Bynum said:
“I want to play a full season, and there is no doubt in my mind I can do that. I’m going to be ready for training camp, that’s the plan.”
He addressed the team doctors as being a great team and ones that he is excited to work with, again giving credit to the organization. Bynum knows that he is still young and has plenty of room to improve, and the doctors will play a valuable role in that.
“I was an All-Star in this league, but I feel like I still have a lot of room to grow. I had a year off, a year to watch basketball and learn the game from the outside in. I saw what I need to do.”
Bynum also gave praise to his new point guard, Kyrie Irving, saying that his talent is “world renown.” He’s looking forward to playing with such a talented point guard, saying he hasn’t had that opportunity so far and that it’s a crucial part of “this game that we play.”
He ended by saying he cannot wait to give the fans in Cleveland a playoff team again because they deserve it, and was very impressive with the way he went about addressing the work it will take to do so:
“I will bring leadership and experience to the great young nucleus of guys we have here. We have the talent. Now, all it’s going to take is hard work, and I’m willing to do that.”
Bynum said all of the right things in his press conference and appears aware that he has a long road ahead, but that he’s willing to take that road.