Andrew Bynum no longer with the Pacers, and basketball fans don’t seem to care


Andrew Bynum, right, shown here as a Laker in 2012. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

While no one expected Andrew Bynum to to come off the bench during the remainder of the NBA playoffs, most people didn’t think he’d be booted from the Indiana Pacers. But that’s what happened on Wednesday morning, IndyStar.com reports.

The reason is Bynum’s ongoing injury. After signing with the Pacers on Feb. 1 on a reported $1 million contract, he was put on the inactive list with a sore knee. And that’s where he stayed until Wednesday. Larry Bird, the Pacers president of basketball operations, told IndyStar:

“We want to thank Andrew and our medical staff for trying to get the issues with his knee resolved. We wish him the best in the future.”

In response, basketball fans pretty much shrugged. Bynum wasn’t bad during the two games he played with the Pacers, averaging 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, but it’s hard to get attached to a player with such a short stint.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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