The Philadelphia 76ers have lost big man Andrew Bynum until only he knows when.
Early Saturday night, 76ers’ general manager, Tony DiLeo, told the media that Bynum is indefinitely out and there is once again no timetable for the former All-Star’s return. This can’t be easy for the Sixers faithful in South Philly.
Bynum originally was scheduled to return to basketball activities with the 76ers on December 10, but all plans have been postponed until he can be properly evaluated in the middle of December.
There is no easy way to determine exactly when Bynum will chose to make his return, however, there is the slight chance that he may make an appearance in a Sixers jersey as early as late January and as long out as March. But this isn’t anything new when it comes to battles with Bynum.
When playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, aside from the previous season, Bynum, on average, missed almost 31 games per season since his entrance into the NBA. The last time Bynum played in a full season was the 2006-2007 NBA season while he was still under twenty years old.
Without Bynum, the Sixers have still found a way to maintain an average above 0.500 percent finishing at 7-5 overall going into Saturday night’s contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lacking a pure big man in the post has left the 76ers slacking when it comes to rebounding and offensive touches in the post area, however, it has opened up the opportunity for players like: Jrue Holiday & Jason Richardson, to shine under pressure.
Whether it is bowling, suspensions, or even meniscus tears, the 7-foot 285 lb Andrew Bynum will be missed by the Sixers front court. And with no added timetable for return the 76ers have to find an answer offensively to the woes that plague them going into what looks like the most competitive Eastern Conference in the 2000’s era.
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