Philadelphia 76ers Lose Jason Richardson For Season

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As if the lack of progress in Andrew Bynum‘s recovery from his knee injuries wasn’t already frustrating enough, the Philadelphia 76ers received more bad news about Jason Richardson–who is expected to miss the 9-12 months.

Richardson will be having surgery on his left knee and his status for the beginning of the 2013-14 season is in jeopardy as well–which is the last thing the Sixers needed to hear. Richardson has missed the last eight games due to the knee injury, but he’s been bothered by other injuries as well earlier in the season.

After a surprise run in the playoffs last year in which they came close to reaching the Eastern Conference Finals, expectations were high for the Sixers heading into the 2012-13 season, but they’ve failed to even come closet o reaching those expectations with the way things have gone so far. For a team that was expected to compete in the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia wouldn’t even make the playoffs if the season were to end today as they currently sit four games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the final playoff spot.

Losing Richardson may not be as big of a deal compared to some of the other star players, but the Sixers have already dealt with enough injuries this season. Richardson may be out for the remainder of the season, but let’s hope they can get lucky by having Bynum return at some point so their trade from the summer with the Los Angeles Lakers doesn’t make them look foolish.

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