Bynum says he won't play vs. Sixers on Friday

Bynum says he won't play vs. Sixers on Friday

March 13, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Andrew Bynum made his Pacers debut on Tuesday, posting 10 rebounds and eight points in 16 minutes. (USA Today Images)

Once again, Andrew Bynum is taking the fun out of a basketball game for Sixers fans.

After signing with Indiana in mid-February, Bynum made his Pacers debut Tuesday, grabbing 10 rebounds and scoring eight points in 16 minutes of work.

But according to a tweet on Thursday from Indianapolis Star Pacers reporter Candace Buckner, ‏‪Bynum said he will sit out Friday when the Pacers play the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center.

So let’s review: Bynum never played a game when he was a Sixer last season. He played his first game at the Wells Fargo Center when he returned as a Cleveland Cavalier in November. He was then traded to the Bulls and subsequently released before joining the Pacers. 

Now, with his third team of the season, he makes another return to Philadelphia, but it looks as if the big fella is going to sit this one out.

Fans will have to settle for cheering or booing former Sixer Evan Turner, who was traded to Indiana just before the deadline in late February. Turner, the former No. 2 overall draft pick in 2010, is averaging 9.3 points as a reserve for the Pacers. 

Former Sixers and Temple power forward Lavoy Allen -- traded along with Turner on deadline day for Danny Granger and a 2015 second-round draft pick -- has played just 14 minutes in three games with the Pacers.