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Sixers not providing updates on status of Andrew Bynum

Nov 11, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

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

When the Sixers traded away Andre Iguodala in a deal that brought them All-Star center Andrew Bynum, they envisioned an improved team anchored by a big man that would be a foundation in Philadelphia for seasons to come.

The future may still be a bright one for Bynum there, but he has yet to make his debut for the Sixers this season due to suffering a bone bruise in a workout before training camp even began. And the most troubling part for the team’s fans — in addition to the fact that there’s no timetable for Bynum to return — is the fact that the team has been reluctant to give updates on their big man’s progress.

The local media has been trying, but they’ve continually been shut down by the organization when asking about Bynum. And Bob Cooney of Philly.com is wondering why:

If ownership wanted pats on the back – and it deserved them – when acquiring Bynum, it at least should be up front enough to answer the questions fans want answered about his injury. The only way fans get those answers, of course, is through the media. So what if he is slow recovering from his injury? What’s wrong with saying so? What is wrong with telling the fans the truth?

Getting Bynum was a risk; everyone knew that when it happened. But it is only a 1-year contract, and if it all works out, good for them. If it doesn’t and Bynum can’t play much this season and ultimately moves on, well, so be it. But what’s wrong with being honest?

A couple things here.

It’s likely that the organization doesn’t have anything positive to put out on Bynum at this point — not from a standpoint of him progressing, having increased workouts, or getting closer to practicing in game-like situations. If the team was seeing even a hint of something positive, it would be sure to get that information to its fans so they would keep hope alive, and root for the team to keep it together until they can get Bynum back, which hopefully would be relatively soon.

Now, if the news isn’t so great?

The decision not to inform the public of Bynum being slow to recover might be purposeful, if the organization doesn’t want its fans to sour on him before he even takes the floor, or for them to bail on the team for making a trade that might not improve things, and could ultimately turn out to be a move in the wrong direction.

At some point, though, fans are going to want answers. It’s understandable that head coach Doug Collins would want nothing to do with speaking about the matter, but the organization should have nothing to hide where Bynum’s injury status is concerened — whether he’s likely to see the court anytime soon or not.

  1. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    You got to respect the Sixers organization for the news blackout.

    So far the team is doing well without Bynum. The fans still like what they’re seeing.

    It will only get better when he returns.

  2. mojosmagic - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Bynum was damaged goods the day they got him and his knee has gone from bad to worse in his contract year no less. He has had the Kobe procedure, and two lubricating injections. The Lakers ripped them off so what are they going to say except “hello stupid”.

    • captainwisdom8888 - Nov 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      We kinda did get ripped off. We acquire injury prone vets like its our job. Webber, brand, now Bynum. I don’t remember the last free agent acquired by e sixers that came in with a splash of production

  3. libertynchurch - Nov 11, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Why risk getting hurt and jepordize a big contract? Wait until you’re 100%. Dont hate the player, hate the game!

  4. edwardsro - Nov 11, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    The lakers did not rip them off. They had doctors review the records.

  5. kvanhorn87 - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Sixers fans are showing some class and not losing faith. We will wait patiently for him to come back. 4-2 is pretty good and we don’t realistically expect them to be 6-0. Talk to us after Thanksgiving.

  6. somekat - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    A chance worth taking either way. Even if he never plays a game. They needed to go in another direction, they hit their ceiling with Iggy. Worst case scenario, you get a year to see what Holiday/Turner/Young can do being the focus of the team, and get the cap space you would of got for Iggy a year earlier.

    I kind of agree with the reporter, in that why not just be open about it? I don’t think the fans would blame them even if Bynum doesn’t play a game. It was still a risk worth taking. Either way it was high reward, medium risk. The reward could of been a young, dominant big man and still could be. The worst down side is cap space a year earlier, and a better read on what you have with your young pieces, overall still a positive IMO

  7. libertynchurch - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    If the Sixers wanted to cut their loses, why would they want to publicly announce that the guy is damaged goods? This would affect any trades that they could arrange for another team willing to take him with eyes-wide-open. Another team would then need to offer explanations to its fan base. Better to say nothing and keep your options open.

  8. BigBeachBall - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    that’s why they call him Mr. Glass

  9. 00maltliquor - Nov 12, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Damn. Did we dump him off just in time before his value plummeted? I wasn’t for D12 for Bynum in the past but with the post moves he’s shown me and ‘Drew’s mystery injury timetable leads me to believe we won in this situation. I pray all is really well with Bynum. I hope he doesn’t get all Greg Oden on us.

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