Despite the success of the Clippers over the past few seasons, there will always be players who value playing for the Lakers. In this instance, the player is…
TMZ recently caught up with the former center and when asked if he could play in Los Angeles where he still resides, Bynum responded, “That’d be great, come back home.”
The reporter then asked, “Clippers or Lakes?” (yes the reporter said Lakes), which Bynum without hesitation said the Lakers.
Lastly, when asked if he could return to old form, Bynum responds, “I don’t think so.”
Since last playing for the Lakers in 2012, Bynum has played in 52 games over two years. He missed the entire 2013 season due to injury after being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in the Dwight Howard deal.
In 2014, he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers but was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team and was then released before making his way to the Indiana Pacers where he played in two games before being shut down with yet another injury.
Bynum enjoyed success with the Lakers, averaging 11.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in seven seasons. His best season came in 2011-2012 when he put up 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds, earning him an all-star appearance.
The biggest issue pertaining to Bynum was his ability to stay healthy. Constant injuries derailed his career and while he played 82 games in 2006-2007, he was never able to play more than 65 games in a full-season.
It does bring up the interesting scenario in which he could return to Los Angeles for cheap. With the Lakers roster situation being as is, they will look to fill out the roster and while an injury risk, Bynum could be a player the team adds on a very reasonable deal. While his attitude has also been an issue, it should be noted that Kobe Bryant started to trust Bynum more in games and also praised the center’s personality:
“Yea, yea. He’s got kind of this f— it attitude, you know what I mean,” Kobe said. “Which is great, it’s one of the things that makes him a great player. It won’t bother him at all…. Andrew is a big boy, he can handle it better than most.”
Would you like to see Bynum return to the Lakers in 2014-2015?