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Andrew Bynum says he could play for Pacers on Friday in Philly

Mar 10, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

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Andrew Bynum wants to get out on the court for the Pacers, who signed him as a free agent after Cleveland cut bait. Bynum has been clear about his desire to play. You can try to decipher his motivation for yourself (*cough* next year’s contract *cough*) but as a guy with size, skill and a couple rings he could be a help if focused. And with the Pacers on a four-game losing streak, they could use some help.

Bynum’s return could happen as soon as next Friday — in Philadelphia. The city where the fans were excited when he was traded there then turned on him as he never played (but did go bowling). Santa Claus got a warmer welcome in Philly than Bynum would.

Bynum has worked to strengthen his knee played 5-on-5 in practice… but he’s done that before and not suited up. Management is being a little vague about a timeline for the big man (wisely) to make his Pacers debut but Bynum told the Indy Star he could be on the court by next weekend.

On Sunday, Bynum said that he hopes to be “cleared to play next week,” believing that he could be on the floor by Friday, March 14 when the Pacers play in Philadelphia. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said the team planned to re-evaluate Bynum after the road trip.

“We’ll see after (Sunday’s) game goes and then we’ll probably meet about it (Monday),” Vogel said, “and try to come up with a firmer plan.”

Friday is the night the Pacers play the Philadelphia 76ers in Philly. Remember Bynum was traded to Philadelphia (part of the deal that sent Andre Iguodala to Denver) in what was a big roll of the dice by Philly. And it backfired. He never suited up, although he did aggravate his injury bowling. Something Philly fans would bring up. Loudly. In the form of boos.

The Pacers play the next night in Detroit and that might be a slightly smoother entrance, as would playing Monday in Indiana (against the 76ers).

Ultimately we’re talking about Andrew Bynum here — until I see him on the court I will not believe it. And even then I may doubt my sanity.

  1. matt20hew - Mar 10, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Reblogged this on #TodaysNews.

  2. ocgunslinger - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Toooo much ink for someone who hasn’t played in years and may never be effective for more than a game or two IF he does return.

  3. pfic15 - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    But he won’t…

  4. fetchezlavache - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    I was born and raised in Philly nearly 50 years ago. Never heard about this Santa reference. Could you please explain?

  5. sfm073 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    It only seems like a matter of time before we hear about this guy being broke and owing millions to shady “investors”.

  6. loungefly74 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    how funny would it be if his first shot was a 3 pointer?…or worse tet, a half-court heave? hehe.

  7. daddyghi - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    at this point in time, i wouldnt even trade greg oden for this lazy guy..

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