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Sixers’ fans need to accept Bynum is a roller coaster

Oct 11, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Reuters

I know it may well be wasted bandwidth to tell Philadelphia fans to relax and go with the flow, but I’m going to try anyway.

Sixers fans, when it comes to Andrew Bynum you are better off not micro-analyzing everything. Think big picture. It’ll be good for your blood pressure.

Bynum is out with a bone bruise on his knee — that would be his surgically repaired knee where he had a special blood-spinning treatment done late this summer — so he is out for the first few weeks of preseason.

But that is not sitting well in some quarters and team president Rod Thorn is having to respond. From the Philadelphia Intelligencer:

Team president Rod Thorn on Wednesday denied a report by Fox 29 sports anchor Howard Eskin that “the Lakers may have given the 76ers damaged goods” in star center Andrew Bynum….

“The injury is what it is — a bruised knee,” said Thorn via email. “It takes time to heal. He obviously had knee surgery previously.”

Bynum is coming off his healthiest season as a pro, he’s not damaged goods. But is there a risk with him? Damn straight. He’s had knee issues. Everyone in the league knew that, including Thorn. But 7’0” shot blocking, offensive threat All-Star centers are not something you can pick up at Wawa. You have to give up something and take a risk to get players like that.

Sixers fans, know going in Bynum can be a bit of a roller coaster. He’s matured and the ride is smoother than it was, but it is still up and down, fast and slow. Take it from someone who watched him up close for years, you want to take a big picture view here. If you freak out about every little thing you’re just going to take years off your life. He’s a special player, enjoy the ride, there are more ups than downs. But it’s a ride.

  1. echech88 - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Um even if Bynum was 100% healthy I’m not sure I’d want him wasting bullets in preseason games.

  2. benne8686 - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Howard Eskin is damaged goods.

  3. tcclark - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    he’s not sitting out because of a bone bruise. Honestly you’re the only reporter that I’ve read that words it that way. Every other report i’ve read or watched says that he is sitting out to maximize the treatment on his procedure. The procedure only gives you benefits for a limited amount of time. He, and the team, do not want him wasting this treatment on preseason games. Yes, he does have a bruise on his knee, but that’s not keeping him out for three weeks. Do you honestly believe that a bruise is going to keep any basketball player out for three weeks? Bruises hurt, but it’s not a tear and nothing’s broken. Even if he played he couldn’t make the bruise any worse. This is strictly precautionary. You’re making a bigger deal out of this than Sixers fans.

    • thesixersbench - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      “Do you honestly believe that a bruise is going to keep any basketball player out for three weeks? ”

      Umm…yes. See Eric Gordon’s 2011-2012 campaign.

      • tcclark - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        Gordon had cartilage damage and had to have surgery. They originally thought it was a bone bruise but it wasn’t. From everything that i’ve read Bynum’s bruise is a bruise and the Sixers are mainly sitting him out as a precaution.

    • cosanostra71 - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      There’s a difference in severity between a bone bruise and a “normal” bruise that I’m not sure you’re understanding.

      A “normal” bruise is a minor trauma to your capillaries (the smallest of your blood vessels) that causes small amounts of blood to seep into the surrounding tissue.

      A bone bruise is where a trauma to your bone that causes the fibers in your bones to leak out. It is one step before a fracture, and you CAN make this bruise worse. If you aggravate a bone bruise, you risk fracture. A bone bruise is more severe.

      • tcclark - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        while i intended to highlight the meaningless of a bruise. I do understand the difference between a bone bruise and a “normal” bruise. I made a mistake by assuming that you can’t make it worse, considering I’ve read that he is fine and that this is mainly precautionary.

  4. kvanhorn87 - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Why write an article directed towards Sixers fans when the only one worrying about it is a hack reporter?

  5. sgtr0c - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Agree with K above. It is not the fans, it is Eskin making a splash on his first tv gig in 20 years…..genius
    Next you will tell us iggie’s comments are the fans fault also……

  6. vicksprman - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Eskin is a hack always was always will.

  7. tsi431 - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    “All-Star centers are not something you can pick up at Wawa”

    What the heck is Wawa?

    • philadelphiafan - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Their only the best stores in America. Wawa > Sheets

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Wawa is the sound Sixer fans will be making the first time Bynum a)tears off his jersey, b)limps off the court, or c)zones out for a couple of quarters. Or all of the above.

    • sgtr0c - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Wawa was an old Indian word for Canadian geese, the honking sound they make when they fly. The Wawa reffered is a convience store that started somewhere near Harrisburgh , PA. They are all over southern PA and elsewhere.

  8. mungman69 - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    You are trying to make a big deal out of nothing. You start quoting Howard Eskin then you have problems. Eskin is a total jerk. Always was and always will be.

  9. weldunn - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Wow a Wawa reference! Excellent local reference!

  10. paleihe - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    “Sixers fans, know going in Bynum can be a bit of a roller coaster. He’s matured…”

    Really? How? By shooting 3’s when the coach told him not to? By saying that close-out games are easy? By being outplayed my JaVale McGee? By not being involved in timeouts?

    I can’t stand Bynum and am glad LA got rid of him. He can certainly be a beast, but he’s nowhere close to being mature.

  11. phillyphannn83 - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Kurt, since when has anything related to sports been anything other than a rollercoaster in Philadelphia?? I thought you had a grasp on this city but apparently not.

    Oh and WaWa > 7-Eleven

  12. somekat - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    As a sixers fan who lives in Philly, Sixers fans know what they are getting. A guy who has had multiple minor issues with his legs, but it’s not like we are getting a guy who has had 3 ACL procedures or something.

    As normal, Kurt is just spittin out BS

  13. fetchezlavache - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    I never heard of The Philadelphia Intelligencer until reading this story. So you’re first mistake is using a second-rate source. Then the story uses Eskin as the basis of the story. Even bigger mistake. Eskin is all about Eskin. Since he has returned to TV, he needs to make headlines so people will talk about him. He’s kind of like the Rush of Philly sports. He’ll say things just to stir things up. Finally, the origin of Wawa name is correct, but location is wrong. Store got it’s start in Wawa, PA, which is in Southeastern, PA.

  14. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Oh yea…Wawa has the best milk too

  15. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Now I want a meatball classic w provolone
    Mmmmmm good stuff

  16. kavika6 - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Get a haircut you freak.

  17. mrbiz8505 - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    They need to accept Bynum having an IQ of 20

  18. mojosmagic - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    No problem.

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