76ers’ Bynum Practices; Not Close to Playing
Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum practiced Friday for the first time since they traded for him last August. But instead of it being a positive moment, it only seemed to depress Head Coach Doug Collins. Speaking before the 76ers hosted the Miami HEAT on Saturday night, Collins said Bynum’s brief 5-on-5 workout only showed how far away he is from being able to play, and hinted at just what a lost season this has been for the team.
“He looked like a guy who hadn’t played in nine months,” Collins said. “I don’t think any bells and whistles should be sent off that he’s close to play
Collins said watching Bynum go through a little practice only left him disappointed considering just how much the team’s big plans have been ruined by Bynum’s constant knee issues.
“You get visions of what might’ve been,” Collins said. ”He’s said that he’s going to play, but this season is slipping away. We’ve got 24 games after (this weekend). We’re eight (games) under .500, and we’ve got to play the Miami HEAT four times.”