ESPN Begins to Discuss Andrew Bynum’s Knees

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Great article today by Brian Windhorst of He wrote about Andrew Bynum’s knees, two objects that may define the next half decade for the Sixers. 

Windhorst looks beyond just this year, wondering what the tipping point is for the Sixers to not sign Bynum, a free agent after this season, to a long-term deal. How much of a risk will they be willing to take?

But with Bynum's ongoing knee issues, that's not a simple decision — even if he proves to be the game-changer the Sixers believe they've landed. 

This, of course, is hardly a new situation in the NBA. The New York Knicks bet on Amar'e Stoudemire's knees in 2010, giving him a $100 million contract even though no insurance company wanted to back the risk. The New Orleans Hornets bet on Eric Gordon's knee last summer, matching a max contract offer from the Phoenix Suns, who were willing to make a bet of their own. Both players are out with knee injuries and have uncertain futures.

There are examples that go back decades. Just Google Brandon Roy.

It was different management and different ownership, but the Sixers themselves recently have been bitten by risky investments. In 2008, they gave Elton Brand an $80 million deal as he was coming off an Achilles injury. He was never the player they thought they were getting, and the new management cut him this past summer through the amnesty provision.

The Los Angeles Lakers were concerned enough about Bynum's knees that in 2009 they were willing to give him only a three-year guaranteed deal, even though they were sold on his potential. Then in August, they were happy to trade him for Dwight Howard, a player coming off major back surgery, because Howard was considered less of a risk. 


Obviously, the Sixers need Bynum to be successful this season. That much is clear after watching what looked like a shitty version of Villanova’s motion offense in two losses to the Knicks (something that was probably quite familiar to Maalik Wayns). But Windhorst thinks the trade will be judged in large part by whether the Sixers wind up re-signing Bynum, not just on his performance this season. That’s in contrast (I think) to how most of us feel, which is: even though a Bynum disaster and one-year rental would be a disappointment (I’m banking on this), this summer’s trade would still prove to be a net gain – X minus Andre Iguodala equals something greater than zero – that would, at the very least, allow the Sixers some flexibility in the offseason. 

Anyway, the Bynum thing is going national (surprise!), and that will continue to be the case until he, you know, practices

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34 Responses

  1. I agree with your assessment. We got rid of Iguodala’s contract, that already makes it good. In all of the trade rumors over the years for Iggy, this was honestly the best turnout, even with Bynum’s knees. What would have been better? To get another role player or two, players just like Iggy? Like Shane Battier or Kris Humphries-tier players? And prepare for another first round exit and more years of mediocrity? Bynum was worth the risk, I still don’t hate the trade.

  2. I agree with Mr. Fresh. If we have to take a one year hit on Bynum to be done with Iguodala and free up a ton of cap space for next year, so be it.

  3. @ fresh, I don’t totally disagree with you, but if the Sixers were a little more patient in moving Iguodala, they could have been involved in acquiring James Harden. OKC had been rumored to be interested in Iguodala in the past and Harden would have been the dynamic scorer the Sixers have been looking for since Iveraon left.

  4. Nobody in Philly cares about the Sixers unless your a single white lady whose baby daddy is in prison

  5. Harden couldn’t make a shot to save his life in the Finals. Leading the league in scoring after 3 games, and “carrying” a team that has on one else that scores? Did you really just post that?

  6. Bynum is a disgusting nigger who eats his own green diarrhea. I hope both of his knee caps shatter and he becomes a stump for the rest of his life. Then he can finger candy of the oaks children and/or close relatives. After that, I hope he slices his small, tarnished, moist 2 inch penis open with a razor blade so that when he fucks RHEA HUGHES in her swollen, pus riddled, infected cunt, it splits in two and bleeds inside her. Then she’ll queef it onto his hideous knees, shit on him, and finger her asshole whilst pretending she’s Wesley “the nig” snipes. That’s how bad Bynum is. Bring back Derrick Coleman. SANTORUM 2016!

  7. All-Star votes don’t count here. While Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have the advantage of having worked together for a year, Andrew Bynum is an All-Star force at his position and Jrue Holiday is one of the most promising young players in the game.

  8. While I’m still having nightmarish visions of Jeff Ruland, I don’t regret the deal, if but for no other reason than we got rid of Andre Iguodala. If Bynum ever does get around to playing, he’ll certainly be a force in the paint, something the Sixers SORELY need.

  9. I keep waiting for something new too. But, really, what is there to write about? Tough time to be a sports writer I imagine.

  10. Also came to say WHERE THE FUCK IS THE CONTENT KYLE.
    Then I read through these comments. Normally I think Angelo is an unfunny novelty. But today those two comments had me rolling. Well done today, Angelo. Well done.

  11. Thanks for taking damaged goods off our hands! You’ll be lucky to see him play 20 games this year, suckers!!!!
    Where da white women at?

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