Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sixers coach Doug Collins really seems to hate Andrew Bynum

Is that Darryl from "the Office?"
Back in the offseason, the trade that brought Dwight Howard to the Lakers also sent center Andrew Bynum from LA to Philly.  Bynum was supposed to help the Sixers compete with the Knicks, Nets, and Celtics for the Atlantic Division title.  Instead Philly has been terrible (22-32), and Bynum has yet to play all season.  He's taken an unexpectedly long time to come back from what were thought to be minor knee injuries (in November is was reported that Bynum hates playing basketball), but finally returned to practice the other day.  The opening line from ESPN's story about it cracks me up:
"Andrew Bynum practiced Friday with the Philadelphia 76ers for the first time since they traded for him last August. But instead of it being a positive moment, it only seemed to depress coach Doug Collins."
Here's some of the things Collins had to say according to the article:
"He looked like a guy who hadn't played in nine months."
"It's amazing seeing him standing out there; he distorted the whole practice. You get visions of what might've been ... He's said that he's going to play, but this season is slipping away."
And when asked when Bynum might be able to play Collins stated:
"You should talk to him. I don't want to be the messenger because they shoot messengers."
Wow.  This blows my mind.  Imagine Doc Rivers ever saying something like this about one of his players?  Even if Doc felt that way he would never publicly say it; especially admitting that he has no control or involvement in when his guy is ready to play.  What a mess they are in Philly right now.


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