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This is the last time Bynum played basketball.
When the Sixers threw their hats into the ring of the Dwight Howard circus over the summer, it wasn't to get Howard, it was to grab the widely considered next best center out there, the Lakers' Bynum.
Philly gave up veteran/main man Andre Iguodala to get Bynum, but the prospect of having such a force in the paint to go along with a group of wildly talented youngsters in the back court and on the wing was enough for the Sixers.
As of now, it looks too good to be true. Bynum, already saddled with a reputation of being difficult and immature, is dealing once again with injury issues, this time to his right knee.
Bynum didn't play a minute with his new team in the preseason. He's been getting injections. He had platelet therapy in Germany last month.
And he still can't play. The team announced last week that he will not do so until he is "pain-free" but if this were the playoffs, he'd be out there.
Bynum will likely miss the Sixers' opener on Wednesday night (naturally, against Iguodala and the Nuggets). After that, who knows? This is a guy who could be one of the 10 best players in the league if his body and his head could only get out of his way.
The Sixers took a risk in acquiring Bynum, who seemingly cannot really be reached by anyone, even Phil Jackson. If he can't even get on the floor, it won't matter.