NBA Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers Center to Return By All-Star Break?

By Dan Parzych
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After a surprise run in the playoffs last season, expectations were high for the Philadelphia 76ers heading into the 2012-13 season–especially after the acquisition of Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer. Unfortunately, the Sixers haven’t been able to use their center yet this season as he’s yet to play a game while dealing with injuries to both knees, but there’s a chance he could return to the court in less than a month.

One of the top NBA rumors this week involves Bynum’s status and how the center could play in his first game with his new team before the All-Star break–which would be huge for Philadelphia. As of Wednesday, the Sixers are currently seven games below .500 and obviously wouldn’t be in the playoffs if the season were to end today–so the return of Bynum would hopefully make an immediate impact.

Of course, the one thing Philadelphia has learned in this situation is there are no guarantees when it comes to Bynum’s knees as there have been numerous times throughout the season where he appeared to be “close” to a return. It’s always difficult to believe rumors, but until Bynum steps foot on the court, this is simply going to be one of those situations where Philadelphia and their fans won’t believe until they actually see it happen.

In other words, Bynum better hope he does return this time around–or fans are going to become even more frustrated with the center that’s accomplished nothing for his new team so far.

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