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Pacers to sit Andrew Bynum for Friday’s game in Philadelphia

Mar 13, 2014, 8:23 PM EDT

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Andrew Bynum looked strong in his Pacers debut on Tuesday, scoring eight points and grabbing 10 rebounds in just 15 minutes of action against an undersized Celtics front line.

Even with three days off before his team’s next game, however, Bynum is going to be held out on Friday — a game that’ll be played in Philadelphia, where Bynum spent all of last season recovering from injuries while never once taking the floor for the Sixers.

The plan was never for Bynum to play in back-to-back contests, and with a game on Saturday against a Pistons team that features two solid big men in Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, it makes sense to sit him against a Sixers team that has lost 18 straight games.

Besides, it isn’t as though the fans in Philly didn’t have their chance to vent a little at Bynum when he returned as a member of a different team. Earlier this season while Bynum was with the Cavaliers, the boos rained down as expected.

  1. turkbox420 - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Damn let him get out there and get his confidence up against a 2 bad teams in a row and give Big Roy a rest.

    • dablakdrphil - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      Bynum’s knees are so sensitive you just really have to be patient with his process and try to make sure his knees are strong enough to handle the rigors of a NBA game on a nightly basis. I’m sure as the playoffs approach you will see increased minutes with Bynum. But it’s smart to take their time with him

  2. metalhead65 - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    no point in taking chances no matter how good he looked the other night. the object is to have him him ready for the playoffs, philly fans will just have to wait till next year to boo him.

    • money2long - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      the article pointed out philly had their shot at him already

      • sixerstrong - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        I wouldn’t mind taking another…

  3. 00maltliquor - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Philadelphia fans have NO idea what Bynum looks like in an NBA jersey LOL

  4. sumkat - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    So it’ll be just like last year. Bynum courtside in a bad suit

  5. pourman - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    As far as Philly is concerned, sitting is the only position he can play. At least his #33 jersey had some dignity restored to it when given to Kevin Grow.

    • willkill4caffeine - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Well said. Grow deserved that jersey 8,000,000,000x more than Bynum ever did.

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