The Philadelphia 76ers may eventually get Andrew Bynum back this season after all. And by back, I mean see him for the first time. The club has not had the benefit of seeing Bynum play since participating in the blockbuster trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers and Bynum to the Sixers.
According to John R. Finger of CSN Philly, Bynum is confident he will play this year. Bynum says practices will start in one-to-two weeks.
Bynum says he will practice in a week ... or two.
— John R. Finger (@jrfingerCSN) February 19, 2013
Bynum could certainly provide an instant boost to the 76ers offense and defense. However, every time it seems he is getting closer there is a set back that pushes him further back in the recovery process. You'll have to forgive Sixers' fans if they are skeptical of this timetable set by Bynum.
If Philadelphia can get Bynum back on the court this year, they will be getting a player who has averaged 11.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in his career. But they'll also be getting a player with such a deep injury history that we have yet to see his full potential. Last year was close when Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 boards per game.