Andrew Bynum Is a Sixer, and It's Philly's Job to Make Sure It Stays That Way

Sheik Meah@sheikstylesContributor IIIAugust 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a shot in front of Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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According to several sources, including the Chicago Sun Times the 4-team blockbuster trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andrew Bynum to the Sixers is complete.

The details break down as follows; The Lakers get Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark. The Nuggets get Andre Iguodala and The Sixers get Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson. The Magic get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless Josh McRoberts, Christian Eyenga and three protected first round picks, one from each team involved in the trade.

Although it seems like a no-brainer to give up Iguodala and a handful of unproven players for two all-stars, this will go down as a very bad trade very quickly for Philly if they can’t convince Bynum to sign an extension with the team.

While it is possible for Bynum to sign an extension during the season, reports that Bynum’s stance on his contract is he would only sign an extension with the Lakers. It would only make sense for Bynum to want to test free agency after the year, but the Sixers could offer him the most money and he could be a home town hero (he grew up an hour away in Plainsboro, N.J.) This is where you, the 76er fan comes into play.

Philadelphia fans generally get a bad rap from national media. Just last year GQ voted Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fans as 1-2 in the Worst Fans In America poll. But athletes who get a chance to understand the city fall in love with Philly. Whether it is Julius Erving or John Kruk, Allen Iverson or Bobby Clarke, if players take a moment to understand the passion the city has for its teams, they love the Philadelphia fan.

Andrew Bynum already has an understanding of how the Philadelphia fan operates and knows, just because you get booed for a bad performance doesn’t mean we don’t root for you for the rest of the season.

However, it has been 7 years since Andrew Bynum has been around this city, and we may need to remind him how much we support our home town teams. Make sure to go to the games, make Andrew feel welcomed when you see him around the city.

I know Philly is capable of selling itself on how wonderful of a place Philadelphia is to play in….they did it with Cliff Lee and have given Michael Vick amazing support. Now it’s time to do the same thing for Andrew Bynum.

If Bynum resigns with the Sixers, we can see our own big three within the next couple years…..and if we don’t, we can be looking at not having a shot at a NBA championship for a long, long time.