Well then, Bynum to retire? Nah, not until he gets DAT money. There was a time where I would be fully ready and willing to blast Bynum, but for some reason though, I kind of pity him now. Maybe, it’s because I just got back from vacation feeling fresh and delightful. Just delightful… Here’s a guy with all the talent in the world for a big-man, a throw-back type of big-man (back to the basket) in the ERA of “pick and pop” big-men. Here’s a guy that had the nastiness that could fit right into the “Bad-Boy” days of the NBA.
Yes, he has won two titles with the Lakers and to some that might be enough. Though there is something missing. Yes, his knees could rival ninety year old’s knees. Christ, some ninety year old’s knees might be better. He is still trying to salvage what he can for his career, likely just money from what we hear through media outlets about his personality. Though through his actions they seemed to be warranted (Vodka shots ordered during half-time and pre-game).
Bynum (averaging 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds this year) could have been the best center in the league for the next Ten years if he wanted to and if his knees allowed him to be. The guy looks to be on his last leg. Bynum talking to Brian Windhorst of ESPN. Bynum:
“Retirement was a thought, it was a serious thought. It still is,” Bynum said after the Cavs practice Thursday at TempleUniversity. “It’s tough to enjoy the game of how limited I am physically. I’m working through that. Every now and again I do (think about retirement)…It’s still career threatening. I’m a shell of myself on the court right now. I’m just struggling mentally.” …
“I just want to be able to play without pain and find the joy again,” Bynum said. “Right now I’m battling pain and it’s annoying. I’m not able to do the things I’m used to doing and it’s frustrating.”
Maybe, he really is trying for once and the pain is just too much. It’s hard to feel bad for Bynum. We have heard and read all the stories of how Bynum doesn’t really care for basketball. He is just good at it. Maybe, if he loved the game he would have done the proper steps in his rehabbing or even earlier in his career and been able to push away his aging knees for a few more years.
When I think about it, I really should be pissed off at him. He’s is about to come strolling in on Friday Night and play more minutes on the Wells Fargo floor as a visitor, then he did as a home-player last season. I should boo the hell out of him after watching Nik Vucevic score 30 points and grab 21 rebounds just the other night. You can throw Moe Harkless and the future first round pick in there as well. Not because of his knees, but for his attitude. Bynum on if the Philly fans boo him. Bynum:
“I honestly don’t really care,” Bynum said. “I don’t know how they will treat me. I was hurt. It is what it is, and I’m still hurt. But I’m still trying.
“Sixers fans ‘are still great fans. While I was here, I got nothing but love. I don’t have any animosity or anything.” via CSNPhilly
But I won’t boo (even though I should). So in the end, like I said before, I feel some what pity for the guy. He will always be looked as “False Hope” around these parts. He will be remembered as a guy, who just really didn’t care. Maybe, even as a waste of talent. A guy that has ruined his reputation and what could have been legacy forever. Not because of his knees, but for his attitude and the way he handled things.
So I am seeing people write farewell articles about Andrew Bynum. I just have one question. What the hell is wrong with people. If you think I am lying here is a quote from a Spike Eskin article:
I cannot be angry at Bynum, as many seem to be. Hard as a try, I can’t muster up the vitriol to wish him bad luck in Cleveland. If I feel anything for Andrew Bynum, it’s a little bit of pity.
Andrew Bynum is a knucklehead and a goofball. That much is for sure. Basketball might not be his favorite thing in the world, and he probably doesn’t work as hard as he should. He’s patently unaware, or just doesn’t care, about how he comes off publicly. The thing is none of these things caused Andrew Bynum not to play for the Sixers, his knees did.
I respect Spike (good NBA guy) but the dude is way-off base here. If Bynum wasn’t a goofball, a knuckle head or if he did care about basketball more he might not have done the stupid-ass things he did. He would have done everything and anything to get back on the court. All Bynum was for me was “False Hope”. I really thought I was done writing about Bynum. Whatever….
Well, since I am writing about him I might as well go back to the trade one last time. The winner of the trade? The Magic (Captain Obvious Strikes Again). Here is the breakdown one last time (painfully)
Andrew Bynum aka the “Bowler”. The guy loved to take shots at half-time, not basketball, the Jack Daniels ones. Of course he was a flamingo dancing expert and as well an entrepreneur of hair styles. I played as many minutes as he did for the Sixers. Damn, I almost forgot about Jason Richardson. J-Rich was solid until he got injured.
Dwight Howard. Hahaha, Sorry… The funny thing about that situation is that Kobe said that he would teach Dwight to be a champion if he stayed. Kobe, you’re the BIGGEST reason why Dwight left.
Andre Iguodala. Iggy had a solid season for the Nuggets but he became a one year rental by opting out of his contract early. The Warriors should be even more fun to watch this coming year.
Nikola Vucevic, Arron Afflalo, Moe Harkless and a few future first-round picks. Vuch is a double-double machine and Harkless still gives Doug Collins nightmares. Afflalo is a solid player when healthy. This trade made Sixers fans cry until Hinkie burst on the scene. The Magic have something nice building down there.
I swear, that is the last time I write about Andrew Bynum.
Andrew Bynum’s agent is telling teams interested in him that he WON’T workout for them before signing! Is this dude serious? I mean come on. Bynum’s agent has to feel like an idiot even saying that out loud to himself. For a guy who played as many minutes as I did this past NBA season he’s got stones for that to even cross his mind. Joe Hickman was in that building more than Andrew Bynum was last season. Seriously, Joe worked there and he may have set foot on the court more the Andrew did too (that’s speculation but possible, for further questions tweet him @PhillyTugger).
This is what the report from yahoo sports said:
Bynum’s agent, David Lee, said Bynum will begin training in July in Atlanta in preparation for next season after completing his rehabilitation from knee surgery. The knee injury caused Bynum to miss the entire 2012-13 season with the Sixers. Lee said there are a “half dozen teams” interested in Bynum and they will be given MRI and other needed medical reports. Bynum, however, will not work out for teams. via Yahoo!Sports.com
If I was an NBA GM there is no way I’m giving Bynum big money before I see what he can do on the court. Not after what he pulled last year. He showed he was completely comfortable with sitting out, while collecting 16 million and change, to get prepare for what is really important to him. Salsa dancing in Madrid. Again if I was GM and he isn’t working out before signing the only way I would do it is if he signs a low ball contract. That way Bynum would become a low risk high reward signing. But some team, probably one that wants Dwight Howard but is unable to sign him, will overpay for Bynum.
Andrew could have a bounce back season next year but I would be surprised if he stays healthy through the entirety of a multi year deal. Another thing interested teams will have to take into account is along with Bynum’s knee issues it seems he also has issues above the neck. So for those teams interest in Bynum one piece of advice from this Sixer fan, buyer beware. Oh yeah and Andrew will be sending this tape of his workout along with his MRI’s and Medical records.
This is one of the biggest off-seasons in a long time for the Sixers. You have the Bynum issue. You have the coaching issue and I also believe they have a GM issue. So yeah, there are a ton of questions that need to be answered. And they have to try to field a “winning” roster. So this is basically life or death situation going on with them. OK, fine. It’s not that serious obviously, but when you think about it, this might be the biggest off season EVER for them. The Sixers have 46 million against the cap going into this off-season according to HoopsHype.com. The cap for 2013-14 season won’t be set until July, though what I have seen from reports the cap will be around 60 million to 70.3.
Here is a couple of guys that will likely be there around 11th pick. Most of the mock drafts that I have seen so far have these players going to the Sixers.
C.J. McCollum, 6’3 SG, Lehigh. Scouting Report:
At 6’3 with a 6’6 wingspan, McCollum emerged as a prolific, versatile combo guard with a shoot-first mentality early in his collegiate career. A fluid athlete who lacks top-end speed and explosiveness, McCollum has done it all for Lehigh over the last three and a half seasons, carrying the scoring load for long stretches against relentless pressure. Draftexpress.com
Michael Carter-Williams, 6’5 PG, Syracuse. Scouting Report:
A unique prospect who excels at distributing the ball and controlling the flow of the offense. His size sets him apart from other point guards and allows him to see over defenders and find teammates. Having a breakout Sophomore season. Has great court vision and a natural feel for putting the ball in the right place at the right time. Not a very good shooter from the perimeter and has a lot of work to become a threat from outside. Lacks strength at this point.
Kelly Olynyk, 7’0 C, Gonzaga. Scouting Report:
Shows an excellent understanding of the game and has become one of the most dominant bigs on the college level … Has the ability to score on the block with up and unders, pump fakes, drop steps as well as knock down mid range and even outside shots
Not the most athletic guy. Below the rim type of “finesse” player. Foot speed and overall athleticism are below average for the NBA. While he gives solid energy and effort, his lack of foot speed and athleticism decreases his defensive abilities .. NBADRAFT.NET
Shabazz Muhammad, 6’6 SG, UCLA. Scouting Report:
Muhammad averaged 17.9 points for the Bruins, but was a little predictable—he isn’t a great athlete and will need to diversify his game to score against NBA defenders. But he does have a strong knack for scoring.
Some how I missed this, Bynum was a NO-SHOW on picture day. The Sixers had picture day this past Wednesday. I am disappointed in myself for not catching this earlier. Well, shit happens when you have two jobs and you try to blog as well.
The reason for Bynum being no-show is that he is rehabbing his knees in the NY. This dude can’t even take a picture for this team. I apologize, let me say that again. He only likes taking pictures with Kwame. Remember, it was Kwame who taught Bynum everything he knows.
By the way, Jason Richardson was a no-show as well. He is also rehabbing his knee.
I have been trying to think of what to call this season. I could call it the season from hell. That sounds pretty good. Nah, get more creative Joe. How about the” Era of Bynum”, version TWO? I can save that one for another day. I know, “The Season That Never Was”. Man, that headline makes me sound intelligent. I like it.
It all started on one beautiful day back in August. We Sixers fans know it as the day of “Redemption”, the day of “Relevancy”. The day I speak of is August 14, 2012. Andrew Bynum day at the Constitution Center. I will never forget it. I hadn’t been that excited about the Sixers since the AI’s glory days. You know why I was so excited? Not just for me (die-hard Sixers fan unfortunately) but for the city. People seemed to care again about the Sixers. I wanted that “buzz” back for the Sixers so badly. Do you know what I had to go through to have a Sixers convo the past 7 years? Seriously.
I had these visions of Bynum controlling the paint, Hawes running the high post, Jrue and Evan creating. Having J-Rich and Dorell Wright knocking down open jumpers left and right, Thad being himself, doing what ever it takes to win, and Lavoy being physical down low. Kwame Brown, well I will stop there. Such promise.
For me it’s not even about missing the playoffs. It’s about false hope. Hope that the Sixers built for us that we fans are not use too. A hope that, yes, it is our time. It was our time to have a foundation, to have building blocks. Not just a one hit wonder (like last season), that we could be built like the Spurs or Thunder. That we where ready for the next step, all of this was false hope.
Am I mad at the Sixers for dealing for Bynum? No, no matter what I tell myself it still was the right move at the time. Do I think that Sixers knew that Bynum was hurt to extent? Yes, but not this bad. They took a shot and came up empty. Whatever…
What I am disappointed about is how they handled it PR wise. Bynum will be ready for the opener they said. Then they came out saying he will be ready by January. I get it. They were scared of the backlash. They had an opportunity to “Man-Up” about it and they didn’t. We have been toyed with way to long as Sixers fans.
Maybe, this whole thing is even bigger than Bynum? Just maybe, a new “Gullible” ownership got caught with their pants down. And a smart “Savvy” ownership (Lakers) stuck it to them. See the metaphor I just gave. I really wasn’t even trying to do that. It just worked out that way.
The bottom line is that we Sixers fans paid the price. Something that we have been used to, since Ed Snider decided to let Pat Croce walk. Adam Aaron and the Sixers double their season ticket base from Bynum. A large majority of last years season ticket holders renewed their tickets for this season (92 percent) and the Sixers quadrupled the sales of their 10 game packages this season.
As fans, what did we get? Another year of going nowhere fast, a misguided front office, a “gullible” new ownership, false hope and basically “A Season That Never Was”.
Man, that day at the Constitution Center seems like 20 years ago. Andrew Bynum will have surgery on both knees Tuesday to clean out the damage that has plagued him since October. Yup, we all knew this was coming. So this is it, we will likely never see Bynum in a Sixers uniform.
The closes to any action that I saw from Bynum as a Sixers was when he ordered shots of “Grey Goose” before and at halftime of a game earlier in the year. Well, at least we can stop wondering about what’s going on with Bynum’s health. Actually, most have stopped caring about Bynum a while ago.
Of course now we will hear the so called “geniuses’, tell us that they knew Bynum wasn’t going to play. That they knew from the beginning he wasn’t playing. Whatever… Go kick rocks.
I could keep writing about Bynum. I could tell you how I thought that the Sixers were finally relevant again or how the Sixers were finally out of the “Land of Mediocrity “. Well, that lasted about ten minutes.
I am tired of this whole mess. I am tired of waiting on Bynum. Finally, I am a tired Sixers fan. That’s all I got left on Bynum. One last thing, Damien Wilkins said it best about Bynum:
“This is my first year getting to know Andrew and in getting to know him, I don’t think any of us really have gotten to know him.”
I couldn’t agree more. It still was the right move to trade for Bynum. They took a shot and they came up empty.
I am writing this post knowing that NO ONE will likely read it. Seriously… The Sixers are in the back of most Philly sports fans minds. You have the Eagles lighting up the news wire. Phillies are just a couple of weeks away from Opening Day. March Madness is about to begin. The Flyers could go 0-10 in their next ten games and still have a packed house.
So yeah, the Sixers are a distant memory. It’s probably a good thing. No one really wants to talk about Bynum anymore, unless he is setting up in the low-post during an actual game. The chances of that happening on a scale from 1 to 10 is -10.
The other day Rod Thorn gave his take on Bynum and this God-Awful season. Thorn:
“It is a little bizarre. There is no doubt about that,” Thorn said. “He has worked very hard, as you can see he is huge. His upper body, he works in the weight room really hard. He just hasn’t been able to play. It has been very tough for him and obviously it has been very tough for us.”
We learned nothing new from that quote. And I thought I was CAPTAIN obvious. Then Thorn was asked about bringing back Bynum:
That is to be determined,” Thorn said. “To have a player of that ilk who can make such a difference, any time you don’t have that player it is tough. And who knows what is going to happen when the season is over?”
I am reading in-between the lines here but it sounds like Thorn wants Bynum back. Lovely…I would take Bynum back at a 1 year-deal. I would have to think long and hard to give him just 2 years. That’s how much I don’t trust the dude.
You know what sucks about the Sixers? They have a star PG, cap space and they’re likely to have a very good pick in this year’s draft (the first round pick that they sent away in the Bynum trad was lottery protected).
Sounds good right? Nope, I don’t think this front-office can make good decision.
Some people said it from the beginning, that Bynum would never wear a Sixers uniform. Most predicted that he would be back around the All-Star break (me included). Well, obviously those people who said that he would never wear a Sixers uniform are patting themselves on the back right now.
Bynum has had a set-back and likely will be out for the year. Well, Andrew, it was nice knowing you. I will tell you how I feel and the best way of doing that is having the “Three Amigos” say it for me…
Seriously though, did ownership lie? Was this whole thing about just selling tickets? Some people think so. Howard Eskin reported months ago that the Sixers were not honest with the fans. The Sixers really did keep things quite for awhile about Bynum. Bob Cooney of the Daily News called out the Sixers front office earlier in the year for being so secretive.
So did ownership lie? Obviously, we may never really know but in my opinion they did some what. I think they likely tried to keep things in-house for as long as they could with Bynum’s knees. They knew the reaction they would get if they came out and said that Bynum knees are shot, especially with the all the hype they built around Bynum. That might have felt the walls caving in.
I believe that they knew Bynum was hurt when they traded for him. I don’t think they knew he was this hurt. Maybe, he really did do some serious damage the night he decided to go “Glow Bowling”? The Lakers flashed Bynum in front of the new, gullible Sixers ownership and they bit.
It’s hard to get mad at the ownership for the trade. They where trying to make there mark. They saw a player when healthy is a franchise type player. Something that the Sixers have been looking for since the early 2000’s AI. They were starving to become relevant again. The one plus from the trade is that it let Jrue become player he is.
Like I said before, I don’t blame them for making the trade. BUT you can question everything after the trade they have done. Man, that day at the Constitution center seems like 10 years ago. Not all the confetti in the world helps them hide from this mess.
The day Tony DiLeo was hired we all knew it meant that Doug Collins was hired as the GM. There were rumors of Rod Thorn and Collins having a power struggle during last year’s off-season. I am not sure if Collins was the reason for Thorn stepping down, but I guarantee that Doug helped push Thorn out the door.
So basically, Doug has the final say. I still think trading for Bynum was the right move. I also believe that the Sixers knew that Bynum was not completely healthy. They obviously didn’t know he was hurt this bad. Or was it just that one God Damn night when he went bowling? Maybe…
They took a shot and they came up empty. I don’t blame them at all. This franchise has been starving for a difference maker since AI left. Say what you want, Bynum is a difference maker when he is on the court. If he was healthy this year the Sixers could be 7-10 games above .500, instead of being 10 games under.
With all that said, it seems as if someone has been having some MAJOR second thoughts. Ric Bucher reported that Collins is infatuated with checking Moe Harkless’s box scores. Bucher:
” Collins basically said Bynum’s absence killed the 76ers’ season and he sees little chance of Bynum returning to change that based on how he looked — sources say that Collins has been consumed (does he do anything any other way?) with tracking the boxscores and performances of Moe Harkless, the rookie forward the Sixers sent to Orlando as part of the deal that netted them Bynum.”
Well, I am surprised he didn’t mention Vucevic as well. Vouch is averaging a double-double (12.3 ppg and 11.4 rpg) for Orlando. Doug my man, I thought I had it bad.
Harkless, 19, is averaging 5.8 ppg and 4.1 rpg in 20.8 minutes a game. He also is shooting 46% from the field. Moe’s play of late has to be the reason for Doug’s obsession. In the month of February, Harkless is averaging 11.5 ppg and 6.9 rpg in 35.4 minutes. He is averaging over 14 points in his last 5 games.
Bucher thinks that is the reason as well. Bucher:
“I can’t say I’ve watched a load of Magic games this season or have a feel for the kind of season Harkless has had, but he’s 19 and more or less has been in the rotation making a contribution all season long. That’s more, obviously, than Bynum has done and it’s not hard for me to imagine Collins torturing himself (and, quite possibly, others) with that fact.”
Ric, I totally agree.