Chewin the Fat
by Bay Ragni
Andrew Bynum’s Knees, Hairdos and Season
Rewind to August of 2012, the Blockbuster mega trade that was going to turn the Philadelphia 76ers team around and put them on the path to a championship which 9 months later has probably destroyed this team, possibly lost a coach, and set back the Sixers organization 5 years.
The Sixers in a 4 team trade traded away team star Andre Iguodala who had a huge money contract that the team wanted to unload, to free up cap space. They also traded away young talent of Maurice Harkless and Nik Vucevic to get in return Jason Richardson and Lakers All-Star and future Center & nucleus of the Philadelphia 76ers, Andrew Bynum.
Bynum the 7 foot tall superstar was welcomed to Philadelphia as the second coming, was coming off a career high season with the Lakers.
The Sixers paraded Bynum around to the media, and the fans with big welcomes to the City of Brotherly Love, which Andrew is now learning that not only does this city love you, but it can turn to hate very quickly.
The Sixers made this trade knowing that Bynum had bad knees, but they explained to everyone that he will just need to rest his knees and take a little bit of time off, maybe the first month of the season.
Then the story changed to that maybe before Christmas he will start to practice with the team, which quickly became the first of the year, which then quickly became the All-Star break is when we will see Bynum become part of the team.
Well all of those goals have come and gone, and now this past week it was announced, that Bynum was having season ending surgery on both of his knees. So not only did the Sixers get stuck with his bad hairdo’s this year, we also got his bad knees.
So what happens now?
Bynum will become a free agent at the end of this season, and the Sixers have to decide to let him go, or to resign him, and hope his knees are fixed and he can return to that career high form of the previous season.
Meanwhile this team has been miserable and embarrassing at times, which has made them a laughing stock of the league, the city, and we have seen Coach Doug Collins call this team out time and time again, with no response, instead we have watched them quit.
Rumors have circulated that the Sixers will also let go of Coach Collins, or will Coach Collins in disgust and frustration will step down at the end of the season.
So as the end of the season draws near, Sixers organization has lots of decisions to make, Bynum, Collins, and hope they get that high draft pick in the lottery.
Only time will answer these questions, but in a city that loves its sports, and winners, how much longer will they support this failing and crumbling once respected and winning organization.
Only Time will tell…….