I remember well the Orlando Magic's signing of Grant Hill way back in 2000. Few thought much of the fact that when he inked his deal, Hill was still on crutches stemming from an ankle injury sustained with the Detroit Pistons. Yet that injury would not only sideline Hill for most of his Orlando career, but also even seriously threaten his life.
I thought about Hill when the Philadelphia 76ers essentially pushed in all their chips on Bynum, dealing away face of the franchise Andre Iguodala, rebound-loving Nikola Vucevic, promising rookie Moe Harkless and a first-rounder.
There is no question Bynum's 2011-12 season was extraordinary. Nevertheless, I wouldn't have made the trade. I had a bad feeling, given the 130 of the possible 394 regular-season games Bynum missed over the previous five seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.
But it would be awfully self-aggrandizing to give myself credit. Plus I never said it in print.
So let's give credit to Andrew Sweat of Yahoo! Sports for saying before the trade that the Lakers should let Bynum go, in large part because of his injury history.
Bynum's knees are not only arthritic, they're also not healing after all this time and all the medical attention they've received. So if the Sixers, as I believe they should, let Bynum go, the trade will go down as one of the most horrific in NBA history.
But it was no sweat for Sweat to call it before it happened. Nice work, buddy.