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5 Reasons Why Andrew Bynum Should Retire

5 Reasons Why Indiana Pacers' Andrew Bynum Should Retire

Andrew Bynum could call it quits and retire
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At the age of 26, Andrew Bynum is still considered young for an athlete because he hasn't even entered his prime years yet. However, Bynum's career has been plagued by injuries and shenanigans. But because he's 7-feet tall, a team like the Los Angeles Clippers has still shown interest in him. Buyer beware, Bynum has proved over and over again that he can't be trusted, and here are just a few reasons why it's time for him to retire.

5. Injuries

Andrew Bynum injured in street clothes with teammates
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5. Injuries

Andrew Bynum injured in street clothes with teammates
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At 17, Andrew Bynum was hailed as the next Shaquille O'neal and he quickly developed into a low post force until the injury bug bit him. Serious knee injuries that required microfracture surgery led to long layoffs and weight gain for Bynum and he's never been able to bounce back fully from these problems. Over the last two seasons, Bynum has only played 26 games, so any real suitor should expect him to be in street clothes most of the time.

4. Attitude

Andrew Bynum shows poor attitude on Cavaliers bench
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4. Attitude

Andrew Bynum shows poor attitude on Cavaliers bench
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To call Andrew Bynum a coach's nightmare would be an understatement. Bynum showed a lack of respect for Mike Brown when he was in charge of the Lakers and then the same problems resurfaced when the two crossed paths in Cleveland. When things got too bad in Cleveland, he was traded to Chicago in a swap and drop scam where Cleveland foolishly gave up future draft picks to rent Luol Deng. I guess you could call him a fan's nightmare as well.

3. Reputation

Adrew Bynum reputation as joker laughs with Luke Walton
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3. Reputation

Adrew Bynum reputation as joker laughs with Luke Walton
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Not only is Andrew Bynum a coach's headache, he's also a big problem for his teammates. Bynum is known to gab to the the media about internal conflicts on the team and he never hesitated to gives his opinion about the Lakers' communication problems when he was in L.A. In a league where teams are looked upon as fraternities, nobody wants to play with a guy who can't keep his mouth shut. It's hard to repair a reputation as a canary.

2. Desire

Young Andrew Bynum with look of desire in his eyes
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2. Desire

Young Andrew Bynum with look of desire in his eyes
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Does Andrew Bynum even still have the desire to play basketball? I don't think so. Bynum seems more content with extracurricular activities like bowling (did further damage to his knees while hew was a 76er) and letting his fro grow wild. Even worse, he was suspended by the Cavaliers for conduct detrimental to the team because he allegedly said that he didn't like basketball and did not want to play it in the first place. Where is his passion?

1. Money

Andrew Bynum flashes big money millionaire smile
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1. Money

Andrew Bynum flashes big money millionaire smile
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Perhaps Andrew Bynum's passion for hoops is mainly geared towards the "perks". If he wanted to retire today, he should be set for life. According to celebritynetworth.com, Bynum has made more than $65 million in his career with a net worth around $45 million. After all, Bynum isn't playing for his legacy, he won two rings, he's only 26 and he can laugh all the way to the bank. With bad knees, he still can afford to walk away from the game.