Indiana Pacers' David West and Roy Hibbert Not Distracted by Andrew Bynum Signing

By Shane Phillips
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

As if the Indiana Pacers front court wasn’t big enough, there will be a little less room at the end of the bench. The leader of the NBA Eastern Conference signed Andrew Bynum Saturday, in a move that puzzled many. Why would the Pacers need another big man? They already have Roy Hibbert and David West, who are playing very well I might add, and then there is Luis Scola and Ian Mahimi on the bench. Those four alone can manhandle the Miami Heat front court. Did Indiana sign Bynum for insurance? In case Hibbert or West gets hurt?

I don’t know the best laid plans of the Pacers organization, but I do know that the news of Bynum joining the team was no bother to the “Twin Towers”. Hibbert had 20 points and West added 17 as Indiana was able to pull out a win over the Brooklyn Nets, 97-96. It was a much needed win for the Pacers, who have traded wins and loses for the last handful of games.

Hibbert and West had their way without Brook Lopez patrolling the paint for Brooklyn, and these two will be the deciding factor down the stretch. Andrew Bynum or not, West and Hibbert will be the difference in whether or not the Pacers can overcome the Heat. They have already proven to be more than Miami can handle, so the addition of Bynum may add more problems.

If I was an Indiana fan, I would be worried about the headache that Bynum might be in the locker room and what he might do to the team morale. Frank Vogul does not want Bynum’s bad attitude rubbing off on his two prominent giants. However, Bynum could turnout to be a big help.

I think the real motivation behind the Bynum signing was keeping the center away from Miami. Indiana did not want Pat Riley to get his hands on the seven-footer. Instead, they signed him and now he will be sitting in blue and yellow on the end of the bench. Bynum may never see a minute on the court as a Pacer, but as long as he isn’t in South Beach, Indiana is happy.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for Follow Shane on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at

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