There is an old saying which goes, “when it rains, it pours” and currently for the Philadelphia 76ers it must be a torrential monsoon occurring.
The 76ers again have pushed back the season debut for their biggest off-season acquisition, center Andrew Bynum due to lingering complications which the seven-year pro’s right knee. The Sixers are hoping that Bynum can return to basketball activities by December 10, but that would mean that his season debut could be delayed as far back as January due to him needing time to get into playing condition. Bynum said “It’s better than when it started, it’s just not quite there yet. It’s not where I want it to be”, in reference to the knee and how it is currently feeling.
The 76ers are considered one to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this season based on their performance last year and with the addition of Bynum and thus far they are off to a 4-2 record (both of their losses have come at the hands of the New York Knicks) without Bynum in the lineup.
The Sixers are going to start hearing it from their fans as well as analysts soon if Bynum fails to return to the effectively and in a timely manner. The main thing which the team will hear about is the fact that they traded away so much to get Bynum in return (Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless and a future first round draft pick) and so far there is nothing to show for it.
Sixer nation now must sit back and play the waiting game to see if Bynum can get right and be ready sometime in the next month or so. In the mean time, the players that are healthy must attempt to make up for the void on the court and so far they’re doing an exceptional job at it.