The Indiana Pacers are gearing up to challenge the defending NBA champion Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference, and are going to try out their latest experimental piece against the Celtics tonight, according to the Pacers’ Twitter. Andrew Bynum, the former L.A. Lakers center, who has had a disastrous NBA career since leaving the Lakers in 2012 via trade, will make his first ever contribution tonight on behalf of the Pacers.
Here’s the Pacers’ announcement about Bynum in a Tweet from earlier on Tuesday, saying that he will face Boston:
Coach Vogel reported that Andrew Bynum will play in tonight’s game against the Celtics.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 11, 2014
It’s a major step back towards normalcy for Bynum, who was considered to be all but done with basketball only a few months ago. His fall from grace began after an up and down career in L.A. (where he won multiple NBA titles) ended when he was the subject of a high profile trade that ended up sending Dwight Howard to the Lakers (part of a three team trade).
Bynum wound up in Philadelphia, where he never settled in, battling injuries constantly. Eventually, he was traded again this season, this time to Chicago. He was dealt for salary purposes, and was immediately waived by the Bulls after being added momentarily to their roster following the trade.
Indiana came into the picture for Bynum in February, when he signed for them on the 1st of the month. Since that time, he has been working to get back into shape, and ready to help the Pacers in their stretch run.
He will square off against a Celtics team that is riding a two game winning streak, with recuperated point guard Rajon Rondo looking especially effective. In his last game Rondo notched 18 assists as the Celtics offense soared.
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