Andrew Bynum‘s career is not trending in a positive direction. At one time, he was in the conversation of best centers in the NBA. Now, he’s in the conversation with the biggest disappointments in the game. Knee injuries have played the biggest part in Bynum’s demise over the last two years, but many have questioned whether his heart is in the game. I’m definitely one of those people.
Now, Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer Jason Lloyd says that Bynum told him he considered hanging up his sneakers for good last season and that he still thinks about doing it to this day. The reason? Chronic knee pain.
Lloyd also says that Bynum is frustrated that he’s not the same player.
At this point in the season, we can definitely all see that he’s not the same player. I believe his problems are physical in nature, but I still can’t help but wonder if it’s a mental thing too.
It’s tough to get a read on some athletes, but the Cavs’ big man just comes across as a player that doesn’t care. I have a hard time buying that his heart is really in the game of basketball and that he’s committed to being the best player he can be. Many guys in the NBA play with chronic knee pain, but their mental edge helps them overcome the physical pain. I just don’t see Bynum as one of those guys.
If he’s really serious about fixing his lingering knee issues, perhaps he should consider a trip to Germany to get some P.R.P.T.