Cleveland Cavaliers

You Know There's a Problem When Andrew Bynum Calls Cavs Dysfunctional

INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 7: Andrew Bynum #17 of the Indiana Pacers looks on from the bench against the Portland Trail Blazers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 7, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: 2014 NBAE  (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Joe FlynnContributor IFebruary 8, 2014

The Cleveland Cavaliers finally resembled a professional basketball team on Friday, beating the Washington Wizards, 115-113, for their first win in seven games.

But Cleveland can't go more than 24 hours without a whiff of controversy. Former Cav Andrew Bynum resurfaced with some rather harsh words about the climate of Cleveland's locker room. Per the Indianapolis Star's Candace Buckner:

Bynum recently signed with the Indiana Pacers after a short but controversial stint in Cleveland. He played 24 games for Cleveland—19 of them as the starting center—while averaging 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and a disappointing 41.9 shooting percentage. He showed flashes of promise, but he never really recaptured the form that made him an All-Star with the Los Angeles Lakers.

In late December, Bynum was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, per USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick:

Bynum has not bought in to what the Cavaliers are trying to accomplish, and with a young a team, he had turned into a negative influence, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

Cleveland general manager Chris Grant used Bynum's expiring contract as a trading chip to acquire Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 6. Landing the ultra-professional Deng for locker room poison like Bynum was supposed to be a coup for Grant and the Cavs, but the team's struggles continued. Cleveland has only won five of their last 15 games since the Deng trade.

To make matters worse, Deng allegedly voiced his displeasure with the unprofessional culture in Cleveland to friends, according to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News

Bynum may be correct in saying that the Cavs are a mess; but he has little right to make his views so public. Though, he now finds himself in a good situation with the Pacers, Bynum took Cleveland's money and provided nothing but a distraction for a young team in need of guidance.

The Cavs may still be a dysfunctional mess, but they will be just a little bit better off by simply ignoring Andrew Bynum and erasing the memory of his disastrous stint in Cleveland.  

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