Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.
• Jordan Hill doesn’t want to return to the Lakers next season if Mike D’Antoni is still the coach. As a side note, Laker management isn’t going to work that hard to keep him.
• Speaking of the Lakers, Andrew Kamenetzky hits the nail on the head here — there is going to be a civil war next season between Lakers fans and Kobe Bryant fans. And make no mistake, those are two different groups just with some overlapping interests.
• Paul Flannery of SB Nation has a fantastic look at Doc Rivers and what he has brought to the Clippers. It is a must read.
• Speaking of great read’s the Boston Globe’s post on analytics in the NBA is something you should sit down with and check out.
• One more long form read worth your time — Zach Lowe of Grantland on Anthony Davis.
• Andrew Kamenetzky hits the nail on the head here — there is going to be a civil war season between Lakers fans and Kobe Bryant fans. And make no mistake, those are two different groups just with some overlapping interests.
• Basketball-Reference’s Andrew Bynum practice shooting charts were the best of the NBA April Fools jokes.
• Chris Hansen, the guy behind the Seattle bid to buy the Kings and move them to the Pacific Northwest, said he and his ownership group are still looking at NBA possibilities. Which is tough because the next team with a lease up that could be up and the team sold and moved is Milwaukee — and that is a couple of years away and the owner is working to find new local ownership.
• In case you missed it, Heat and Pacers fans got in a fight when the two teams played.
• Looking at the connection between an older roster and success in the NBA.
• The Pelicans do not plan to sit Eric Gordon down for the rest of the season, if his knee will let him play he will play.
• John Salley says the New York Knicks will be in the NBA Finals next year. No pressure, Phil.
• If you want more of the Mark Jackson saga with Golden State, check this out. He is seriously coaching for his job right now.
• Some unintended consequences of the new CBA.
• Damion James will reportedly sign a 10-day deal with the Spurs.
• The Spurs are trying hard to make “frogging” the new thing. I wish I were making that up.
• Anthony Davis was on the Pete Holmes Show:
Andrew Bynum has missed the Pacers’ last four games with knee issues
If you believe Devan the Hair Tech – and I don’t want to live in a world where you can’t believe Devan the Hair Tech – Bynum got a haircut during one of those games, Indiana’s win over the Bulls on Friday. Devan posted this to Instagram:
You know what it is. Cut the homie Pacer Center Andrew Bynum up at halftime of game. Real good dude, good convo…. #devanthehairtech #topshelf#nba #indianapacers #andrewbynum #center#pacernationFollow
If true, this is so Bynum – injured, oblivious to what’s going on around him and weirdly obsessed with his hair.
When the Pacers went out and got Andrew Bynum — paying him $1 million after the Cleveland Cavaliers traded him and the Bulls cut him — it was always a long shot. They already had Ian Mahinmi as a backup center behind Roy Hibbert. If Bynum worked out and was an upgrade, great. If not, well at least the Heat couldn’t throw him at them in the playoffs.
It looks more and more like it will be the latter outcome.
Indiana made official Friday that Bynum will be out indefinitely with “soreness and swelling in his right knee.” This echoes what Pacers coach Frank Vogel told our own Brett Pollakoff a few days ago.
“He played in the Detroit game (20 minutes), aggravated a previous condition and had some swelling in there,” Vogel said. “He’s going to be out for a little while.”
It took two games, 20 minutes in the second one, to have this setback (Bynum did have 15 points and 9 boards in that second game). Not a good sign.
Indefinitely is vague, so it is possible Bynum returns for the postseason, but if you are familiar with Bynum and his recovery timeline the odds of him being back in a month when the playoffs begin are not good. The idea of him contributing in the playoffs, at least anything of significance, is also limited at best.
The Pacers have bigger issues right now, having lost their momentum and having gone 5-5 in their last 10 (with the wins coming against the weaker sisters of the Eastern Conference, the Pacers didn’t look impressive in those games). The biggest problem is their defense has slipped from its elite levels in that time, plus there is frustration about getting good shots in the offense (we’re looking at you, Lance Stephenson). Nothing that can’t be worked out, but the Pacers haven’t been quite the same since not long after the All-Star break and they need to find that groove again soon.
Andrew Bynum will not help them with that.