Nov 4, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum (21) waits to enter the game in the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Bynum playing through “little sharp pains”


 

Andrew Bynum played 18 minutes for the Cavaliers Monday night, which was his third appearance this season. He finished with 10 points on 2-of-6 shooting. There’s definitely been some positive signs through every game he’s played.

Though, Bynum says he is still playing through pain and has his doubts if he’ll ever be back to his old self.

[via Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Preparing to play his third game of the season, Bynum acknowledged that he had experienced “little, sharp pains” and said he wasn’t sure his explosiveness would return. He’s still working on his conditioning and timing….

Asked about having to change his game if his explosiveness doesn’t return, he said he would rely on footwork and skills instead of athleticism.

This is not a good sign. It’s sad. It’s unfortunate. For the Cavs, for Bynum and for the rest of us. We never got to see what Bynum could’ve been with a good bill of health. When he was healthy, he was in the discussion for the best big man in the game. But that fact that Bynum has his doubts if he’ll ever get that explosiveness back makes me sad.

The one thing that I hate seeing most is wasted potential. At the end of his career, Bynum is going to fall into that category. Granted, it’ll not be because of what he didn’t do. Rather, because of something that most of the time was out of his control.

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