Andrew Bynum is a straight up criminal

Someone get the Philadelphia district attorney’s office on the phone.  Get a hold of Seth Williams, the Pennsylvania  DA.

 

Andrew Bynum has got to be committing some kind of crime. Maybe saying he’s getting away with murder is a bit harsh, but at the very least, he’s stealing the hard-earned wages of the Philadelphia 76ers faithful. His current salary – 16.9 million dollars.

 

And it’s not like this is the first time. Bynum is a repeat offender. Perhaps Williams should talk to Los Angeles DA Steve Cooley.

 

The evidence is overwhelming.

 

Yeah, he became the youngest player in NBA history when, on November 2, 2005, he made his debut for the Lakers at the tender age of 18 years and 6 days.

 

And that’s really about all he’s done. That season he played 46 games. The following year he appeared in all 82 games, averaging 8 points and 6 rebounds in 21 minutes of play.

 

His games played in the five seasons hence: 35, 50, 65, 54, and 60. This season, his first with the Sixers – zero.

 

$16.9 million.

 

According to an ESPN report, Bynum may not play until mid-January because he has cartilage swelling and bone bruises in both knees. The over-under for this season is 40 games.

 

And to think, the Sixers traded Andre Igoudala and his career 15 points and 6 rebounds per game for Bynum as part of the four-player deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers.  Didn’t general manager Tony DiLeo do his homework? I can’t imagine anyone put a gun to his head and told him to get Bynum, or else.

 

Then again, if someone did, maybe you can add that to whatever charges would be brought against Bynum.

 

The tragedy is that when Bynum is healthy, he’s quite effective. Last year in 60 games, he went for close to 19 points and 12 rebounds per game. He and Pau Gasol couldn’t really cohabitate in whatever offense ex-coach Mike Brown was trying to come up with, but that wasn’t entirely Bynum’s fault.

 

The guy just can’t stay healthy: dislocated kneecap in 2008, torn MCL in his knee in 2009, torn meniscus in 2010 that required off-season surgery.

 

Of course, he didn’t have the surgery until July 28, after he attended the World Cup in South Africa and vacationed in Europe. So of course, he wasn’t ready for training camp. And of course, he didn’t bother to notify the Lakers until literally hours before the start of camp that he would be a no-show.

 

So OK, he’s got bad knees, but what about that brain that sits below the Ike Turner hair style? He’s currently sitting out because of swollen cartilage and bone bruises? Until mid-January? Maybe longer?

Has anyone seen any sign of mental toughness in this guy? He loves to sit and smile on the sideline showing off his big-time coif, but no thoughts at all about actually playing? He can’t give at least a few minutes a game?  Doesn’t he know he’s in the last year of his contract and will become a free agent? Who’s gonna pay him not to play? Besides DiLeo, I mean.

 

Look, everyone in the NBA is playing hurt. Kobe Bryant has been playing the last 18 months with a broken toe. Michael Jordan scored over 60 in a game with a 102-degree fever. Willis Reed played with a broken leg, for god sakes!

 

Call the cops. Get the DA on the phone. Lock him up. Throw away the key.

 

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