The most encouraging facets of
What should make the Pacers feel even more optimistic about Bynum is the fact that he didn't obliterate his team's legendary chemistry nor did he experience a recurrence of the knee soreness that has made him one of the
Of course, it's still early.
One can never make sweeping generalizations about Bynum growing up or getting past his injury issues without fear of looking silly the next time they turn on TMZ or receive a medical update from the Pacers. But from all accounts, Bynum has been a solid teammate since coming to Indiana from a
Bynum had not played since Dec. 26, having been suspended and later traded by the Cavaliers to the
The Pacers largely acquired Bynum with an eye on the playoffs, where he could counter the
That means Bynum would likely be on the court to face Miami's undersized front line for stretches in any playoff series between the teams, assuming Oden cannot significantly ratchet up his minutes. Big advantage, Pacers.
Bynum had moments against the Celtics on Tuesday when he resembled the player who was once widely regarded as the second-best center in the game behind
"I felt like I played all right," Bynum told Fox Sports Indiana's Brooke Olzendam. "You know it's a new system, so I got to learn it and get better position on the block and become a bigger target. I thought I could have done more damage out there, but I was rebounding and felt good. My knees felt good. I had some spring in my step."
The Pacers could be poised to take a major leap forward if Bynum can keep it up.