Bynum a no-show for Sixers' team picture day

Bynum a no-show for Sixers' team picture day

April 10, 2013, 7:45 pm
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It was picture day for the Sixers before Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. Though it’s not necessarily a benchmark of the season for most NBA teams, it reminded coach Doug Collins of how the team came together for its final five-game push for the playoffs during last year’s picture day.

This year the Sixers are simply playing out the string.

Though there were a lot of different faces in this year’s photo, there were two that were conspicuous by their absences.

One was Jason Richardson, who was rehabbing his surgically-repaired knee. The other was Andrew Bynum, who also is rehabbing his knees in New York City. Though his uniform was hung in his locker, Bynum did not make the trip to Philly to smile for the camera.

Without Bynum in the team picture it was as if he wasn’t even here at all.

Richardson has two more years remaining on his contract, so Sixers’ fans have not seen the last of him. But Bynum is in the last year of a contract that paid him $16.9 million this season. He can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Bynum has not spoken to the media since the beginning of March and has not been seen around the team since it was announced that he would have arthroscopic surgery on both knees on March 18.

Will Bynum ever appear in a Sixers’ photo in the future? The conventional wisdom seems to indicate, no.

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