Andrew Bynum on his disastrous season with 76ers: ‘I don’t feel bad at all’
When the only thing a player contributes during the totality of an NBA season is hilarious hairdos, odds are almost certain that it was an unproductive season at best, an unmitigated disaster at worst.
And still, despite the fact that the Philadelphia 76ers paid Andrew Bynum a whopping $16.9 last season only play the role of spectator while sitting on the bench when his perpetually injured knees prevented him from ever being healthy enough to contribute on the court, the big man expressed zero regrets about how things played out in Philly, nor does he feel bad about his departure from the team with a boatload of cash of which he didn’t technically earn even a penny.
Following the debacle in Philly, Bynum signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has appeared in four of the team’s five games, averaging about 12 minutes per game while averaging 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds, definitely not looking like his production spread over a season — if it continues this way — while better than what he gave the Sixers, will be worth $12 million in annual salary he’s set to receive.
But perhaps Bynum — who, much to our chagrin, now is rocking a more clean-cut look — will jump-start his season on Friday, when his new team pays a visit to his old team in a showdown between the Cavs and Sixers at Wells Fargo Center, the first of a back-to-back series between the squads (the two teams play again in Cleveland on Saturday).
And of course, Bynum expects to be booed lustily by the Philly crowd. In fact, he says that’s their prerogative.
“I think they’ll probably boo, but that’s their choice,” Bynum said during Wednesday’s shootaround, according to a report on Philly.com.
At the same time, Bynum said despite everything — or nothing, depending on one’s point of view — that transpired during his stint with the 76ers, he has no regrets, since it wasn’t his choice to leave.
“It wasn’t my choice to get rid of me. I don’t feel bad at all,” said Bynum. “If I was not hurt, I would’ve played. That’s really the end to that story.”
His assertion that things would have played out differently had he not been injured, while true, doesn’t really get to the crux of what happened last season. Seems to me that’s a pretty “Cavalier” attitude from Bynum regarding his problematic tenure with the 76ers, do you know what I mean? BAM!