The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Andrew Bynum Experiment is perhaps best remembered for how it ended, after the Cavs suspended the oft-injured center in December for being a “disruptive” force. Nobody knew what “disruptive” meant at the time, but it led to Cleveland eventually pulling the plug on Bynum, and shipping him to Chicago for Luol Deng — who promptly cut him so they wouldn’t have to shell out $12.5 million in guaranteed money (Bynum’s contract stated he had to be on a roster past an early January date for it to kick in).
Bynum has since signed with the Indiana Pacers, but we’re still left to wonder what the final straw in Cleveland was. Well, now we know. As it turns out, “disruptive” is just a really nice way of saying “childish behavior”, as Bynum had morphed back into YOLO Bynum — the same guy who used to chuck silly three-pointers back in his Laker days:
He stopped trying on the floor, and became a disruptive presence in practices. Before Bynum was thrown out of his final practice and suspended, he was shooting the ball every time he touched it in a practice scrimmage, sources said – from whatever remote part of the court he had caught the ball.
Never change, Drew. Never change.