The last time a high profile center arrived in Cleveland, shuttles were needed to transport Cleveland media and select fans from a chuckhole-littered parking lot of a downtrodden bowling alley to the pristine expanse of Cleveland Clinic Courts. An oversized and well-traveled Shaquille O’Neal was greeted with a giant card which welcomed him to this midwestern town. His press conference was held on the practice court as a means to provide enough space for all in attendance. Laughs were had, morale was high. After all, the larger-than-life future Hall of Famer provided national headlines, waxing poetically on his sole endeavor of winning a ring for the King.
The introduction of Andrew Bynum was met with considerably less pomp and a complete absence of circumstance. [Read more...]