The soap opera in Philadelphia, also known as the Andrew Bynum experiment, continues to amaze.
Bynum has not played a single minute this season due to injuries to both his knees, one of which was injured when he went bowling a couple of months ago. Today, it was revealed that he has suffered yet another setback in his recovery.
The big man took part in his first practice with the 76ers last week. Bynum, however, only practiced for a few minutes in one drill- a five-on-zero drill that wasn’t even considered a full scrimmage. Nonetheless, Bynum told reports today that he experienced even more swelling and discomfort in his right knee after his limited exercise.
Now that the Lakers finally seem to be turning things around in Los Angeles, the Sixers look like the lame ducks in the Dwight Howard trade. They traded for a player who will be earning close to $17 million this year and has not contributed anything to the team besides his crazy, ever-changing hairstyles. In addition to acquiring a thus-far useless, money-eating big man, Philadelphia gave up their star player Andre Igoudala. Igoudala has been an integral part of the Denver Nuggets this season, averaging 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists a game. The Nuggets, of all the teams involved in the Howard deal, have come out on top, currently 5th in the Western Conference and the only team involved in the trade that would make the playoffs if the season ended today.
To make matters worse, Bynum is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. So the 76ers, paying an exorbitant amount of money for Bynum to sit on the bench, are in a tough situation: do they re-sign Bynum to a big contract in the hopes of him playing well and often in years to come, or do they let him walk and get nothing in return? It’s a very hard decision Sixers GM Tony DiLeo is going to have to make in the very near future. Either way, the 76ers built a team Andrew Bynum, and without him on the court, the product on the floor is in utter disarray and could potentially cost coach Doug Collins his job.
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