After he missed an entire season due to his knee injuries, is it really that wise promising Andrew Bynum is going to be a starter if he’s healthy next season for the Cleveland Cavaliers? Probably not.
Yes, if he’s 100%, even without the ability that made him an All-Star in 2012, Bynum should be a starter for the Cavs. Anything else doesn’t make sense, despite the problem they might have when it comes to minutes in the frontcourt, with Anderson Varejao, Tirstan Thompson and Anthony Bennett all considering themselves as starters, while Tyler Zeller might also have a say on the matter.
According to Mike Brown, that’s not even a question. He’s most likely going to start for us because he’s obviously an All-Star caliber player. But we need to see where his health is as we progress toward training camp, into training camp, preseason and into the regular season. If everything fits right, if he’s completely healthy, no doubt about it, he’s our starter at center.
But it all seems a little bit too definite. There’s a little bit of grey area between 100% healthy and being unable to play. Bynum will definitely be looking to start right away. Part of his selection wasn’t just about the money and the multiyear deal offered to him, but finding a team will to put him at the center of its plans. The Cavs want that, but with quite a lot of money invested in him ($6 million guaranteed no matter what) there’s no doubt there’s somewhat of a risk factor.
What if Bynum isn’t completely healthy and wants to play anyway? It’s obvious the Cavs will try to minimize the risk, and either shut him down or simply give him a very limited portion of minutes. Maybe even playing him off the bench.
Mike Brown is the kind of head coach who likes to keep stars happy. He’s seen plenty of them throughout his NBA career. But making promises he might not be able to keep is never a wise decision, especially when you’re dealing with a player who has a history of injuries, low work ethic and acting childishly at times.