Eskin: “The Lakers May Have Given The Sixers Damaged Goods”

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Just in case you weren’t tuned in to FOX Philly last night to see Howard Eskin’s sports report*… he posited that the Lakers “may have given the Sixers damaged goods” in Andrew Bynum. He also said that Bynum’s knee injury – which has vaguely been described as either a result of his recent (and previously planned) knee procedure or something along the lines of a bone bruise – is more serious than the Sixers are saying.

That’s all opinion based on “things [Eskin] has been told.” But it’s not far-fetched. Bynum’s setback, which will keep him out around four weeks, is curious. He told reporters it had nothing to do with the knee injections he underwent in Germany last month, a procedure his ex-teammate Kobe Bryant had done last year. Bynum said his knee felt “uncomfortable” about a week before training camp began. The Sixers, however, have been a bit more vague and have claimed that Bynum’s sitting out is related to the procedure.

Bynum, of course, has had knee problems throughout his short career, and they, along with his psyche, are the concerns surrounding him. 

This is worth keeping an eye on. You can watch Eskin’s report after the jump.

*Sarcasm aside, this is what I love about Eskin. Say what you want about him (sometimes his voice physically pains me), but his on-air sports reports, first on NBC 10 now FOX, are always worth watching, because he usually gives you something that other outlets won’t. He’s been doing this a loooong time, and knows a lot of people (watching him shoot the shit about his new gig at FOX with security guards in the bowels of CBP two months ago sold me), so there’s a good chance he isn’t pulling this out of nowhere. Sure, it never hurts to squawk loudly… but there’s probably more than nothing to this Bynum thing.


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25 Responses

  1. Not a huge Eskin fan, but he usually is right on with the things he reports like this. His game predictions are not so on, but his “Inside information” generally has been very accurate.

  2. Eskin says things to get a rise out of people. You cannot listen to Eskin or Angelo Cataldi. I really don’t think either of them follow sports.

  3. Bill– completely ridiculous way of dismissing a report. no doubt he wants to get a rise out of people, but saying either of those guys don’t follow sports is absurd. Cataldi is in work at 3 a.m., watching video from the night before. Eskin is at damn near every sporting event.

  4. Eskin is usually spot on when it comes to these things that no one else in Philly is reporting, especially with the Flyers. The Sixers haven’t been relevant in awhile, but now that they are, I fully trust his report and this worries me.

  5. I too trust Eskin’s reporting very much–but sometimes he takes a believable idea and puts it out there just to stir the pot. I think this is one of those cases.

  6. yes but Eskin doesn’t monitor athletes twitter accounts from his basement…thats real journalism.

  7. Eskin never gave me my nfl pick last sat morning. Waited all show & he never gave it

  8. Glad to see that Howard got on board with the “glasses that I don’t really need but they make me look intelligent” fad. That said, he’s usually spot on with his “breaking news.” Love him or hate him, the guy is great at his job.

  9. To anyone who questions Eskins worth ethic and credibility- I got up to Eagles training camp on day one, when the rookies were moving in. They were supposed to start moving in around 12, so I got there at like 12:30. When I arrived, the Eagles PR department was still unpacking so the credentials weren’t ready. I went up to the dorms to wait, and Eskin was the only reporter there, sitting and waiting. Most of the beat guys didn’t get there until 2 or 3. Think about that- been doing this for 20 years, no big story with the rookies coming, and he was there over an hour before anyone else.
    Say what you want about him, but you can never question how great of a reporter is. He has been one of- if not the best- sports reporter in Philly history

  10. Is it me, and I don’t follow basketball so tell me if I am wrong, but can’t they get rid of Bynum after this season and not lose a ton of money? If he is hurt, they took a shot and it didn’t work out. They’ll have money to spend.

  11. I just watched the video, and this by no means is a knock on Howard, but this is a 30-second audio clip of speculation.
    At no point does Eskin say anything that convinces me that this is more than a worry based on the hush nature of the injury. Any time a newly acquired, star player is injured before he hits the court, you should be worried. This is not news.

  12. Eskins’ report is purely speculative,and will be proven wrong when Bynum is suited up and dominating the Nuggets.

  13. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out something serious is going on with Bynum’s knees based on what we’ve heard from the Sixers. When a deal looks too good to be true (Bynum for Iguodala), it usually is. Bet he has season-ending surgery before ever wearing a 76ers uniform or he gives it a try early on for a week or two then has to be shut down for surgery.

  14. The problem with Eskin is that he obviously has an agenda and is very pro-Eagles biased…That and he comes across as a miserable a-hole.

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