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Andrew Bynum says he expects boos in Philadelphia, doesn’t feel bad at all about last season

Nov 7, 2013, 10:40 AM EST

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

The Sixers traded away their best player in Andre Iguodala before last season in exchange for Andrew Bynum, who was coming off of an All-Star year in Los Angeles.

A series of knee injuries and setbacks during the rehabilitation process kept Bynum from ever playing a single game in Philadelphia, and he was allowed to leave as an unrestricted free agent without the team receiving anything in return.

Bynum is far from 100 percent from a health standpoint, but he is playing limited minutes this season for the Cavaliers. And he’ll be playing when his new team faces his old one in Philadelphia on Friday.

From Keith Pompey of Philly.com:

Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum told reporters he would play against the 76ers Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The former Sixer said he would sit out Saturday’s contest against Philadelphia in Cleveland.

“I think they’ll probably boo, but that’s their choice,” Bynum said of Sixers fans during Wednesday’s shootaround in Milwaukee. “It wasn’t my choice to get rid of me. I don’t feel bad at all. . . . If I was not hurt, I would’ve played. That’s really the end to that story.”

Of course they’ll boo. Despite the injuries, there’s a perception (right or wrong) that Bynum didn’t do everything possible to get back on the court during his time with the Sixers, and fans don’t tend to appreciate that.

Aside from the fact that Bynum never played for the Sixers, the fact that he left without compensation helped plunge the team into the full-fledged rebuilding situation it finds itself in now.

The early season wins have been fun, but that’s not going to last, and when the losses start to pile up and the team’s veterans are eventually traded for future building blocks, Bynum will be viewed as a big contributing factor as the team goes through that process.

  1. asimonetti88 - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    While they’re in Philadelphia, Bynum should take the Cavs bowling as a team building exercise. I hear he knows a great spot.

    • mydoghasfleez - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:21 AM

      lol

  2. edgington1450 - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    You cant blame the player for making your franchise in a “rebuilding mode”, you blame the front office. Why the Sixers traded Andre and i believe more for Bynum who was on his final year is beyond me. Boo your GM Friday night, not Bynum.

  3. rolltidenj - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    He and other players like him are the reason why the NBA will always be second to the NFL. Way too many of these attitudes in the NBA.

    • ryanrockzzz - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      I don’t get this comment, to be honest with you. Every sport has guys like this. Remember Albert Haynesworth in the NFL. It recently came out that he purposly dogged the conditioning test so he didn’t have to play. He admitted to stealing the money he got from the Redskins. That admission is way worse than what Bynum did last year, and as we all know, that was BAD. The dude was working to come back until the Sixers started to lose games, then it suddenly turned into “setback” after, um…”setback.”
      I mean I can also think about Revis and how he used to hold out every other year for more money becuase he didn’t want to risk injuring himself. Tons of NFL players do that each year, and it effects their team/s. That’s essentially what Bynum did. In his mind, he wasn’t going to play and risk injuring himself and costing himself more money in the future.

      • rolltidenj - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        Albert Haynesworth is the exception in the NFL and not the rule. As far as Revis is concerned, he may have held out for more money, but he alway gave 100%. He always played the full season after his holdout. Did Revis continue to disobey his coach when he was told not to do something like Bynum was in LA? NO! Would Revis have laughed about it when he was benched? NO! He would have been cut for antics like that and would have lost millions. So, your example of Revis is a bad comparison, and totally ridiculous.

        Players like Bynum, Glen Roblnson, Ricky Davis ect. ect. are a lot more prevalent in the NBA then they are in every other pro sport. Would Derrick Rose have sat out all of last year if his contract wasn’t guaranteed? Bottomline, the NBA needs more Russell Westbrooks, and less Andrew Bynums.

    • redbaronx - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      @rolltidenj – I agree with you on this. Ryanrockzzz had a point about players like that being in every sport, however, the NFL is mostly guys that work super hard and team players. NBA players, whether it is perception or the truth, are viewed as much more egotistical individualists that are out for themselves.

      Bynum exemplifies the player that has no conscious or moral north. A fair minded player would have acknowledged that Philly fans didn’t get their money’s worth from him last season, and would at least feel bad for the fans that were looking forward to seeing him. Bynum just doesn’t seem to care!

      And as far as him saying if he wasn’t hurt he would have played? I don’t think anyone gets the impression that he’s a hard worker or takes his day job seriously!

  4. hojo20 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Andrew Bynum is a bum. I wish NBA contracts weren’t guaranteed so we can get slugs like this off the rosters.

  5. tampajoey - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Geez, I sure hope Bynum doesn’t feel bullied by the Philadelphia fans and ends up running off crying to his mommy.

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Why should he feel bad? He didn’t make the trade, Philly management did. Swing and a miss.

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