Mar 11, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Andrew Bynum (17) runs up the court during a game against the Boston Celtics at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Bynum Won't Play Against 76ers on Friday, Will Return Saturday in Detroit

The Pacers will hold Andrew Bynum out of Indiana’s Friday night game in Philadelphia, according to @Pacers. This is presumably a precautionary move to give the big fella some rest as he gets his game legs back, but I’m sure it is also nice that Bynum won’t have to be on the court to face all the boos he will undoubtedly here from fans.

Bynum joined the 76ers in the summer of 2012 but didn’t play a single game due to a knee injury despite taking home nearly $17 million in pay. He was maligned throughout the year for wacky antics and hairstyles as well as famously (perhaps) suffering a setback in his rehab while bowling.

As for his knees, Donnie Walsh said the following on ESPN’s Mike and Mike show this morning, (as reported by Matthew Glasneck of the Indianapolis Star)

We think we have a two-headed monster now … We”ll see if his legs hold up. We don’t know that, and he doesn’t know that. We are keeping our fingers crossed on that part of it.

Pacers fans will likely be disappointed not to see their new toy out on the court for the next game, but if this is what it takes to ensure Bynum can remain healthy than it’s a tradeoff they’ll live with.

Unfortunately, against the Sixers, Indiana may be going from having a logjam of bigs to being deficient, as Ian Mahinmi is also not a certainty to play (bruised rib). C.J. Watson also remains a game-time decision.

But fortunately, it’s the Sixers.


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