Nick Young and Andrew Bynum briefly crossed paths when they became teammates with the Philadelphia 76ers. They were not able to share the court together as Bynum's injuries started piling up. Nevertheless, Young had a chance to observe the big man's rather weird behavior.
Bynum was suffering from a knee injury upon his arrival in Philly. His knees got worse as time went on. From Young's point of view, it seemed that Bynum had given up on the rehabilitation process. Young also shared some of Bynum's weird behavior featuring red loafers and a Ferrari.
"Andrew Bynum was cold though. He didn't care. He wore like the same red shoes with everything, like these loafers. I don't think he ever wanted to play at all. Because he was supposed to come back and then he went bowling or something like and tore his knee. He used to like drive in his Ferrari that he couldn't fit in. He used to love Ferraris and racing. But he was outside the arena just doing donuts in the Ferrari in the snow. The GM was like, 'What is wrong with him?' Like in front of the bus just doing donuts with a torn ACL, " Young said.
Bynum never played a single game for the 76ers. His next stop was the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he showed little signs of resurgence, playing 24 games. But his knee started to act up again, forcing the Cavaliers to let go of him. His final stop was with the Indiana Pacers, where he played two games in the 2013-14 NBA season.
Bynum is one of those players who had a chance to be one of the best but failed to do so because of misfortune. Bynum is just 34 years old right now. The last time we saw him play was in 2014 when he was 27 years old. History reveals that this is usually the age where players enter their prime — as they're at their peak physically and mentally. Unfortunately, those knee injuries were too much to handle for the big man.
Young's story shows Bynum's headspace during those dark times. Yes, misfortune played a part. But Bynum's disinterested behavior didn't help his cause. Was it a case of depression? Or was Bynum simply done with his NBA career after that major setback? Whatever the case may be, Bynum still had a good career with two championship rings on his resume. Some spend over a decade in the league without winning one.