When the Indiana Pacers signed Andrew Bynum during Feb free agency, no one actually expected him to make a significant impact.
But when Bynum put up an average of 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in his first two appearances (18 minutes per), it was easy to fall back in love with the guy. And such love can make people believe what isn’t exactly there, and on cue people began to get carried away.
"@fullcourtprez: Roy Hibbert's had 3 double digit rebounding games in his last 22 games." Start Andrew Bynum
— Jasjit Kailey (@jasjit_kailey) March 15, 2014
— Cole Allison (@c_allison23) March 12, 2014
Andrew Bynum is about to start over Roy Hibbert lol
— Devante Wilson (@Trooth_Be_Told) March 12, 2014
And while most of those tweets were in a jokingly manner (I hope), there are people that honestly believe that with the way Bynum has played in two games with the Pacers, he should start.
But those people, along with rational ones, were quickly reminded who Bynum is today. And who he’s not.
“[He] had some swelling,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said pregame, “so they did an MRI with him today and we’ll know more in the next couple of days.”
Ironically, probably the most rational people in this whole Bynum situation is the Pacers themselves. At least, that’s how Vogel is going to make it seem.
“This is what we signed up for,” Vogel said of the situation. “We knew he’s a great player with some problem area knees. He’s going to be in sometimes, he’s going to be out sometimes. We’re fully aware of that and we’ll be excited for whenever we have him in uniform.”
Hopefully, the MRI that he reportedly underwent, or is going to undergo, isn’t a bad sign going forward. Either way, at least the Pacers won’t be disappointed…right?