The big man's last game of the 2013-14 campaign—thus far—came while he was still wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform. Back before he was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, traded to the Chicago Bulls and immediately released, Bynum recorded four points, one rebound and one block during a Dec. 26 outing against the Atlanta Hawks.
Now you would think that a devoted basketball player would stay in shape, right? Well, this is Bynum we're talking about, and the prognosis isn't so good:
Bynum joined the Pacers for shootaround. When I asked him if he’s kept a workout regimen since last playing 6wks ago, he said, "Not really."— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) February 7, 2014
"I was out for a significant amount of time," the talented 7-footer told USA Today's Candace Buckner, "but it's not the end-of-the-world amount of time where I have to go to square zero."
If you say so, Bynum. Hey, at least he ate correctly!
Bynum says that he has NOT had a workout regimen since leaving the Cavs in late December, stayed in shape by "just eating correctly."— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) February 7, 2014
Unfortunately, there's a lot more to staying in basketball shape than eating correctly, as "basketball shape" is quite different than normal shape. What kind of foods help you learn how to run up and down the court at the same speed as the other players who have actually followed workout regimens?
To the best of my knowledge, there isn't one. But if there is, please let me know so that I can start eating that instead of working out.
Will Andrew Bynum make a positive impact for the Pacers?
Remember, we're talking about the same big man who inspired an anonymous league source to tell Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, "He doesn't want to play basketball anymore. He never liked it that much in first place."
Bynum just continues to make that obvious. The Pacers can thank their lucky stars that he's a luxury item and not a player integral to their pursuit of both the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
Counting on Bynum to put in the necessary work just seems foolish at this point. He can claim he wants to "play hard" all he wants, but his track record indicates that we should believe otherwise until he proves us wrong.