Suppose that there are two kinds of existences. One seen and one unseen. One which changes erratically and unpredictably with the outside world, one which is a constant within the mind. It is this way that the body drags the soul though the world. It is in this way that Andrew Bynum is becoming what his body is fighting against.
NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT HIS HAIR ANYMORE. THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SPACE BETWEEN HIS FEET AND THE GROUND AND HOW HE GOT THERE. (David Liam Kyle NBAE/Getty Images)
“It felt good. I won’t lie to you.” - Andrew Bynum, postgame.
Saturday night changed everything. It was the night that Bynum showed that he could still be dominant, that he could be the focus of all attention on the court. That he could pound home strong dunks, play tough inside, maintain it through an NBA game, then close out and win. Saturday night opened our imaginations, and rightly so.
Andrew Bynum played 30 minutes in a basketball game Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls in a 97-93 Cavalier win. That, in and of itself, was something. This giant man, 7 foot tall, 285 pounds of muscle, tendons, organs, bones and possibly a serious degenerative condition in both knees said within weeks ago that he lacked “explosiveness”, that he had considered retirement and that he was still searching for joy in basketball, for meaning behind his the sensation of his aching knees.
It was the Bynum monster dunk on Carlos Boozer in the first quarter, his first posterizing dunk as a Cavalier, that seemed calculated as a response to the Quicken Loans Arena crowd booing and giving shit to Boozer for Boozer’s 2004 transgression in lying to Cavaliers former owner, the blind Gordon Gund, about a promise to sign with the Cavaliers long term so that he could get out of the deal he had and sign elsewhere. It lit Boozer up and gave him a taste of the hellfire that awaits him.
Then, almost immediately, Bynum was on defense, with back to back blocks on attempts by Joakim Noah, who claimed that he hated the city of Cleveland, mocking that “no one goes on vacation to Cleveland”. This was just the first quarter but there was already a measure of vengeance before victory. This was the Bulls team that dominated the Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Bynum’s first start as a Cavalier in Chicago on Veterans Day. This was different, clearly. This was Saturday.no comments