It’s been one year, five months and 163 days since Andrew Bynum last played a game in the NBA. Back then, he was with the Los Angeles Lakers. In the time-frame since then, he has wasted the money of the Philadelphia 76ers by staying in a suit for all of last season, has signed a two-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With Bynum just recently beginning to run on the treadmill as he’s still recovering from issues with his knee, there are legitimate worries that he might do the same thing to the Cavs that he did to the Sixers last season, namely sitting on the bench and contributing nothing.
However, the Cavs got good news on Tuesday of this week as they are beginning training camp as Bynum, for what seems like the first time in forever, resumed basketball activities, per NBA.com. The report also made it clear, though, that Bynum has not yet been cleared by doctors to take part in the start of Cavaliers training camp.
Though it’s obviously not ideal for Cleveland to not have the big man for the start of camp, him resuming basketball of any sorts is a big deal, in my eyes at least. Bynum, who is one of the most talented young centers in the game when healthy, hasn’t really sniffed the basketball court in almost a year and a half. If he touched a basketball at this point, I’d consider it somewhat of a big deal.
In all seriousness, there’s no telling when he will be medically cleared to play and when or if he’ll be back to the player that he once was. However, it seems that Bynum is making some progress at this point to getting on the floor for the Cavs. For a team looking to make a postseason run, it’s got to feel good that their gamble on Bynum seems like it might just pay off, for now at least.
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