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Andrew Bynum joins Pacers 1 week after signing with NBA team

Andrew Bynum joined the Indiana Pacers' shootaround Friday for the first time since signing a week ago. Coach Frank Vogel expects to take "a few weeks" to get Bynum ready to play in a game

Centre excited to be part of 'winning atmosphere'

Pacers newcomer Andrew Bynum looks on from the bench during Friday's game against Portland. He joined the team earlier in the day for shootaround for the first time since signing with the NBA team a week ago. Bynum will be eased into the lineup, according to Indiana coach Frank Vogel. (Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Andrew Bynum joined the Indiana Pacers for the first time since signing a week ago.

Bynum participated in the team's shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday morning as the Pacers prepared for their game against Portland later that night.

A snowstorm kept the seven-foot centre from landing in Indianapolis sooner, and Pacers coach Frank Vogel expects to take "a few weeks" to get Bynum ready to play in a game.

"We'll come back from the all-star break and see how practices go over the next week or two after that before we decide if he's ready," Vogel said. "We want to make sure he's comfortable."

Bynum played in 24 games this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before being suspended indefinitely by the team in December.

"It's a winning atmosphere," Bynum said. "Obviously, when they have the staff that they have here and the legend Larry Bird, things run correctly. It's a lot easier to fit in here and be positive when the atmosphere is already that way."

He hasn't done much since leaving the Cavs.

"Just relaxing at home and that's it," he said.

When asked if he kept a workout routine during his time off, Bynum said, "not really."

That will make it harder to get back into game shape.

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