Time May Be Running Out On Bynum

HANG TIME, Texas — “Oh Andrew, I hardly knew ye.”

Will a variation on the line from the old Irish song be the one Sixers fans are singing at the end of this particularly disappointing season?

Or, knowing Philly fans the way we do, will they be more likely chanting a rather angry chorus of: “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out?”

It’s getting down to crunch time with the Andrew Bynum story as it appears less and less likely that the centerpiece of last summer’s total makeover is going to suit and play this season.

A week after he played five-on-five in practice with his teammates, Bynum has experienced swelling in his right knee. Now he says he doesn’t “want to play with pain.”

Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News looks at the entire convoluted affair and wonders if the Bynum Era is over before it even began:

It has all just been so mind-boggling. Bynum’s final statement to the media Friday will be the one fans will focus on most, when he said, “I don’t want to play with pain.”

Again, confusion. Bynum didn’t say he wouldn’t play with pain, he said he didn’t want to. Certainly, everyone wants to be pain-free, but that’s just not a reality in professional sports. The question is this: Is Bynum willing to play with pain, and, if so, how much?

“Actually the condition, 50 percent of the people in the United States have it now; they just happen to not play basketball,” he said. “It takes on a little bit more shape in my world. It’s frustrating. There’s really nothing yet to do about it [surgically]. I just don’t need a swollen knee.

“I played in LA with a bit of swelling, but it wasn’t this bad. I didn’t really feel the pain when I was playing, but now it’s like really stiff and a lot of pain. Just doing stuff, not even full five-on-five stuff. I played in one scrimmage and it’s a 4- to 5-day setback.”

Four or 5 days now, perhaps 4 or 5 years for the organization. Is there any way the organization would look to bring him back after all that has transpired this season? Can you take that chance? If he isn’t re-signed, then what? Sure, there will be money to work with, but can any signings be as significant or have the type of impact the Bynum trade was supposed to have? Time will tell, but for now, time appears to be running out on a Bynum sighting this season.

“I’m not really concerned [about his future]; it’s more frustrating,” Bynum said. “You do the work, you get to a point and then you have to back down. It’s kind of tough. Now it’s getting really late, so I really don’t know.”

The Sixers have plummeted out of the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 22-34 record that recently led to a post-game meltdown by coach Doug Collins following an abysmal home loss to Orlando. That led to speculation about Collins’ future. Now the hope of getting Bynum onto the floor for even a glimpse of what he might be able to provide is fading.

The Sixers front office keeps saying that Plan A is to re-sign a healthy Bynum to a new contract next summer. But they also say they have a Plan B in their pocket. Might be time to reach for it.

17 Comments

  1. JayEm says:

    Back to the drawing board, start fresh, amnesty the new Don King, and pursue a big man in the summer..

  2. iSHAQ or SHAQTOLOGY says:

    Let Andrew Bynum team up with Eric Gordon…
    They will Both sign BIG Contract and wont Play…

    They are both Certified BUMS in the NBA….
    LAZY… not worth it….

  3. Willy says:

    Check out his highlight reel on YouTube this will answer all of the questions

  4. Patty says:

    ANDREW BYNUM WILL PLAY WHEN HE IS WELL ENOUGH TO PLAY!!!

  5. theholyspectator says:

    bynum is one of the best highest paid idiots ive ever seen, someone who just doesnt care…he has two rings..hes satisfied…hell take his precious time while the rest of that squad suffers and hurts, people will get fired and lose money…and this guy walks around with no urgency and comes to games lookin like a really awesome lookin moron…never liked bynum but the way hes approaching and handling this situation, that just certifies it…throw this big dufus in the d league…he doesnt deserve to be in the nba

  6. Eaglos says:

    Send him to Europe. Fewer games, easier schedule, better food.
    The perfect place for him to get back in shape.

  7. W/E says:

    Bynum is a lazy bum, anyone who trades or signs this guy again is a a total idiot. Lazy unwilling guys like him are ruinig their teams and waste the funds.

  8. Jim says:

    I hope the rockets won’t give this guy a much contract.After sturggling so much to find the next face of the franchise in Harden it’ll be a waste to sign Bynum and use up all that precious cap space.Same with Dwight don’t sign that crybaby,please Daryl go after Josh Smith and then the rockets will be a true run n’ gun team.

  9. iSHAQ or SHAQTOLOGY says:

    BYNUM can play to HAWKS…
    ATLANTA wants a CENTER….

  10. Ted says:

    I’m a die-hard Lakers fan and never did I see this occur in this time frame. When the trade occurred I had not heard of any injury that Bynum had sustained that created the situation he’s in now. We’ve dealt with Bynum’s health problems while he was with the Lakers and there were thoughts that we would resign him to a max deal – just like Philly thought when they acquired him. What caused the current health situation to get as bad as it did. I never saw it before the trade.

    • Willy says:

      Bowling Man! With his wing span he should be able to get on PBA easy, get his strike average up, he has a chance!

  11. NBALogics says:

    If he doesn’t play at all this season he shouldn’t be resigned by the Sixers, even for half the money I wouldn’t resign him. Let some other team take the risk.

  12. iSHAQ or SHAQTOLOGY says:

    TRADE BYNUM… he is a BUM.

  13. LakersWillWin says:

    He won’t be back this season.

  14. Bynum is a joke. Philly should trade him.

  15. Bynum didn’t even play last year & he has a injury tht’s stupid