Los Angeles Lakers legend and basketball center Andrew Bynum is attempting a comeback to the NBA he hasn’t been in several years.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, this is taking place somewhere his former team can keep watch, though as Charania points out, it isn’t a Lakers-specific workout. Charania also mentioned the soft spot the Lakers have had for guys who played — and especially won — for the franchise. I’m not sure if it’s just the way this was worded, but I’d add that this is no new development under “current Lakers leadership” as he puts it. This has been a theme for about as long as I can remember.
At one point, Bynum was a top-two center. He’s somehow only 30 now, so perhaps he can regain some of what he lost both in his time away from the game and in the couple years he may as well not have been in the NBA.
Players working out in their former team’s facilities is no new trend either. Isaiah Thomas worked out in the UCLA Health Center this past summer despite having basically no chance at re-signing with the team in another example of this favor the Lakers (and other teams) do for current and former players.
All of this being said, I prey the the Lakers don’t bring him back on. While he was very effective in his center spot, he was often a cancer on and off the court. It’s Lebron James team now, for better or worse, and we don’t need this kind of rogue veteran on the team. Thanks but no thanks.