After a surprise playoff run last year, the Philadelphia 76ers were expected to be one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference this season–especially after acquiring Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers during the summer. Instead, the Sixers just seem to find new ways to struggle each night as they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games to go along with their 17-24 record on the season.
There’s numerous reasons as to why this team has been struggling so far this season, but it’s safe to say the main reason behind it all has been due to the fact that Bynum has yet to play a single game for his new team. Philadelphia had high expectations for the star center when they traded for him this summer and he was expected to be a key piece to the puzzle for this team to be contenders in the Eastern Conference.
Instead, the Sixers have struggled for most of the season and even though they’re only three games back of the final spot in the playoffs–it seems unlikely this team will turn things around anytime soon without Bynum in the lineup. Obviously, a healthy Bynum would be a huge difference maker for this team that upset the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs last year and it’s a shame it’s taken the center this long to return to full strength considering how many times he’s appeared close so far this season.
They keep saying Bynum is close to returning, but obviously nothing should be believed until it actually happens.
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