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Pacers signed Andrew Bynum without a physical

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

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The Pacers, who did not administer a physical to Bynum until after he signed the contract, entered this relationship with high hopes. At times, however, players and coaches tempered their excitement due to Bynum’s long history of health issues.

“This is what we signed up for,” Vogel said during the days leading up to Bynum going on the inactive list indefinitely. “We knew he was a great player with some problem-area knees (who was) going to be in some times and out some times. We’re fully aware of that and we’ll be excited whenever we have him in uniform.” Indy Star

Why did the Pacers risk signing Andrew Bynum without administering a physical? That’s like signing the lease for a used car without looking under the hood or driving the car despite a spotty Carfax.

Everything about this subplot in the 2014 Pacers quest for a championship is strange. I’m still not convinced they will beat the Wizards in the Eastern Conference Semifinals despite their blowout win in Game 3. I would love to be proved wrong. Two good games don’t erase the bad taste of mediocre basketball for a three month period.

The Pacers’ slide began around the time Bynum was signed. Let’s see what the team do without his baggage, coincidence or not. – AL

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