Today, Andrew Bynum announced that he is “feeling much better”, and could possibly return to action soon. I think Sixers fans by now have learned to block these words out and stare down the realization that we probably won’t be seeing our savior this season. But a small part of me believe’s it this time. With the Sixers glaring at what could be a crippling schedule over the next month, the need for the prized center has never been greater. We all know the Sixers have the talent to win. The team they have right now can hang with any team in the NBA. They also can play some of the worst stretches of basketball imaginable. While we need to take Bynum’s knee status today with a grain of salt, his presence in the near future could pay huge dividends for the Sixers down the road.
So let’s say Bynum comes back by Christmas, or New Years 100% healthy. He has the ability to be playing as the center piece of an NBA offense for the first time in his career, and probably the healthiest he’s been in his career. To be honest, I would take Bynum at 60% right now. Here is a list of the best big men in the Eastern Conference: Garnett, Hibbert, Noah, Lopez, Varejao, Horford. What does that list have in common? Bynum could man handle each one of those guys with no problems. Some might argue that since he has bad knees, nobody knows how good he will actually be. In reality, he could be playing his worst basketball and still do more for this team than Lavoy Allen, Kwame Brown and Spencer Hawes could do combined. Just Bynum’s presence on the court will open up the 3 point line for Jason Richardson and Nick Young to feast on. Right now this team is pretty much forced to make their 3 pointers on fast breaks because their half court offense consists of Jrue Holiday or Evan Turner dribbling for 20 seconds and then taking a contested jumper. Bynum is a big guy who you can run an offense through or even just use as a decoy while he is getting back into game-shape.
The longer Bynum sits, the more angry the Sixers fans get. It almost would have been better to never have acquired Bynum because all it did was give false hope, especially if we don’t see him on the court at all this season. A lot of people are saying Bynum won’t even resign in Philly but I believe he will. He is on the bench for every single game, sitting his 7 foot self in those tiny chairs with his teammates. He could be lounging in the luxury box every night, but him being with the guys every game shows that he is happy where he is right now. Granted I would be happy getting paid millions to sit on the bench every game too. I think the uncertainty is what makes this whole dilemma so much worse. Had management or Bynum came right out and told us as fans what to actually expect, this would be easier. There are too many question marks, and while this team has shown it’s capable of winning, the thought of adding a star like Bynum to the lineup brings hope that the Sixers could make a run at a championship. The pieces are there, the question is when will they all come together.
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Written by Michael Thibault
I am Lasell College graduate with a Degree in Sport Management. I love everything sports and I am a huge Sixers, Bruins, Red Sox and Eagles fan (I know, random right?) I love Tim Tebow and if you want to learn more about me visit www.tbowsworld.com.