Tag: Andrew Bynum

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

Report: Cavaliers ‘would have been interested’ in hiring Phil Jackson


The Cavaliers have made quite a mess out of this season. They attempted to compete for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by adding free agents in Jarrett Jack, Earl Clark and Andrew Bynum, but none of them had anywhere near the desired impact.

Bynum has since been traded, and Luol Deng was brought in to try and correct that mistake. But even he was shocked at the internal workings of the franchise, which ultimately led to the team parting ways with its general manager after all of his recent moves failed.

Add in to this the locker room issues that were present between Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving, along with a head coach in Mike Brown that seemingly has little control over what’s happening, and you have a team in desperate need of some leadership in the front office.

Phil Jackson wasn’t exactly out there on the open market peddling his resume, and it’s possible that many teams didn’t know how serious he was in getting back into the game before he inked his deal with the Knicks. But had he been more widely available, Cleveland was rumored to have an interest.

From Bob Finnan of The Morning Journal:

The Cavs would have been interested in Phil Jackson in some capacity in their front office for next year. The Knicks moved quickly and wrapped things up. He is expected to sign a five-year deal that will pay him $12 million, according to ESPN.com. Some observers wonder if Jackson is ready to roll up his sleeves and watch three hours of video of some prospect from North Dakota. Apparently, he’s ready to work.

This sounds a lot like a franchise clueless to what’s going on among the league’s power players.

“Hey, if we knew Phil Jackson was available, we would have hired him!”

The problem with that line of thinking is that the 68-year old Jackson was only going to choose either New York or Los Angeles as a final NBA destination, and would likely have preferred L.A. had all things been equal.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are still searching for some stable leadership from the front office. And they better find it quickly if they truly are deluding themselves into believing they have a chance at luring LeBron James back to town as a free agent.

Pacers to sit Andrew Bynum for Friday’s game in Philadelphia

Boston Celtics v Indiana Pacers

Andrew Bynum looked strong in his Pacers debut on Tuesday, scoring eight points and grabbing 10 rebounds in just 15 minutes of action against an undersized Celtics front line.

Even with three days off before his team’s next game, however, Bynum is going to be held out on Friday — a game that’ll be played in Philadelphia, where Bynum spent all of last season recovering from injuries while never once taking the floor for the Sixers.

The plan was never for Bynum to play in back-to-back contests, and with a game on Saturday against a Pistons team that features two solid big men in Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, it makes sense to sit him against a Sixers team that has lost 18 straight games.

Besides, it isn’t as though the fans in Philly didn’t have their chance to vent a little at Bynum when he returned as a member of a different team. Earlier this season while Bynum was with the Cavaliers, the boos rained down as expected.

PBT Extra: Talking Andrew Bynum’s arrival, Trail Blazers’ stumble

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It’s just one game, so you can’t read too much into Andrew Bynum’s 8 point, 10 rebound first game with the Pacers, but he certainly has the potential to make them better.

Today on PBT Extra Kay Adams talk about what Bynum can bring to the Pacers. Then we discuss the stumbles of the Portland Trail Blazers — 7-8 in their last 15, their defense isn’t as bad as some think but the offense isn’t clicking like it did early and covering defensive lapses.

Finally, we talk about Patrick Beverley, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s win Tuesday night. Houston’s feisty play may have awoken a sleeping tiger.