When the Philadelphia 76ers acquired All-Star center Andrew Bynum over the summer, it was a great move on paper, and one that many, including myself, was intrigued by. I have wanted to see how Bynum would fit in with the team, a group that is potentially one of the best in the Eastern Conference. After seven preseason games, we are still awaiting Bynum’s debut in a 76ers uniform, as he has not played, and is in jeopardy of missing the season opener on Halloween.
Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins hasn’t given any indication as to when Bynum will return. “This kid’s 24 years old and we’re going to listen to him and his body and when he’s ready to play he’s going to be out there and he’s going to be playing.”
Getting acquainted with an all-star center is a great problem to have, but there will take some time for the team to gel once Bynum is available to play. I spoke about Bynum’s absence to Dorell Wright. “You know we can’t worry about that right now. We got to do what we got to do with what we have so when Bynum comes back, we’ll make the small adjustments and tweaks and things like that. Right now we have to go out there and play with what we have and everybody has to step up, Lavoy, Thad, Spencer. All these guys have to step up until he’s back in there. Everybody has to play hard.”
Nick Young was a little more realistic with his response to a similar question. “It’s tough. Bynum’s a big key.” Indeed he is. Andrew Bynum is the best center in the Eastern Conference, and, at only 24-years old, has yet to enter his prime. Many in Philadelphia hope to see him enter his prime in a 76ers uniform, but first he will have to make his debut and remain healthy.