Philadelphia 76ers fans may have been encouraged by the news All-Star acquisition Andrew Bynum recently participated in his first 5-on-5 scrimmage of the season, but that doesn’t mean the talented center is anywhere near making a comeback.
Coach Doug Collins didn’t give a glowing assessment of what he saw from Bynum during Sixers’ practice, casting doubt on a possible comeback this season for the 25-year-old center.
“He looked like a guy who hadn’t played in nine months,” Collins said in an ESPN report. “I don’t think any bells and whistles should be sent off that he’s close to playing.”
“It’s amazing seeing him standing out there; he distorted the whole practice,” Collins said. “You get visions of what might’ve been … He’s said that he’s going to play, but this season is slipping away. We’ve got 24 games after (this weekend). We’re eight (games) under .500, and we’ve got to play the Miami Heat four times.”
Bynum on the other hand was optimistic about making a regular season return, saying, “I’ll definitely be back sometime this year.”
After a healthy season in 2011-12 for the Los Angeles Lakers, just the second of his career, Bynum has been unable to see the floor this season due to constant issues with his creaky knees. Setback after setback has hindered his return and with neither the Sixers nor Bynum willing to put a date on his comeback, it is becoming increasingly more likely that the one-time All-Star and one-time All-NBA Second Team member will head into free agency without having played a game for lottery bound 76ers.