The big and small of it.
With Wednesday bringing another Andrew Bynum-to-Cleveland rumor, it's as good a time as any to address the pros and cons of such a transaction.
• Pro: You can't teach "big."
• Con: It's often equally difficult to un-teach "knucklehead."
The Lakers have seen ample evidence of both in Bynum's seven years.
• Pro: Twice, the Lakers won titles -- once with him playing hurt in the postseason.
• Con: In 2009, he visited the Playboy Mansion and introduced the novel concept of strengthening a bad knee by carrying a Playboy Bunny on his shoulders. (Could be considered a "pro" if it was part of a team-ordered rehab program. Start with Bunnies and build up to Hef.)
• Pro: Lakers fans saw him become an All-Star this past season when he averaged 18.7 points per game.
• Con: It was the first time he'd averaged more than 15. His career averages: 11.7 points and 7.8 rebounds speak to his history of injuries and, to some extent, the bad attitude that crops up when there's no Playboy Bunny to carry.
• Pro: Bynum played 60 games in the shortened 66-game season.
• Con: He's only played more than 65 games once in his career.
Cons outweigh the pros on bringing big man Andrew Bynum to Cavs: Bud Shaw's Sports Spin
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jul 19