Andrew Bynum: Why Acquiring Ex-Laker Was Huge Mistake for Philadelphia 76ers

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2012

Oct 15, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum (33) before the game against the Boston Celtics at the Wachovia Center. The Sixers defeated the Celtics 107-75. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Bynum may go down as the biggest mistake the Philadelphia 76ers' franchise ever made.

The 7'0" center has yet to log a second as a member of the 76ers in the regular season and has made far more headlines off the court than on.

Whether it's being reported that he's an awful neighbor or that his hair style was inspired by a cartoon pimp (h/t USA Today), Bynum has been nothing but a bust thus far in Phildelphia.

I'm not sure what's more embarrassing: Re-injuring your knee while bowling or the fact that Anderson Varejao has better hair than you, but to a lot of people, Bynum is nothing more than a joke.

In his seven years as a Los Angeles Laker, Bynum only averaged a double-double in two seasons and only averages 1.6 blocks per game for his career.

Clearly, the Lakers prefer an injured Dwight Howard more than a healthy Bynum.

Sure, he put up some pretty solid numbers in L.A., but don't most centers who play alongside Kobe Bryant?

Besides his poor attitude in the locker room, Bynum has shown signs of being inconsistent in the past. There's time where he'll really turn it on and go on a double-double streak for a week or two and then there's the games where he takes the night off and mails it in.

Furthermore, it doesn't seem as though Bynum has put in enough work to rehab his knees. Check out what Stephen A. Smith says on ESPN's First Take (h/t YouTube).

The Sixers understandably wanted to dump Andre Iguodala's contract, but they didn't exactly get anything in return for it.

According to ESPN, Bynum could begin his journey to getting back on the court in a month, but that, of course, should be taken with a grain of salt.

ESPN also notes that Bynum could have an opportunity to sign a five-year deal worth more than $100 million in the offseason, but that all depends on the health of his knees.

Luckily for the 76ers, they have yet to dig deep in their pockets and hand over a hefty check to Bynum. If Philadelphia is smart, they'll cut ties with Bynum and let another team take on the injury-ridden big man.


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