Video: Adrian Wojnarowski Weighs In On Bynum Saga, Evan Turner's Ceiling

Video: Adrian Wojnarowski Weighs In On Bynum Saga, Evan Turner's Ceiling

Adrian Wojnarowski, the great NBA writer for Yahoo! Sports, was a guest on Daily News Live on Thursday evening and touched on pretty much every Sixers issue out there. From Andrew Bynum's knee to his mental makeup, from the Sixers being a .500 team without him to Evan Turner never fulling living up to the hype of being the second overall draft pick, to his thoughts on the Atlantic Division, there's plenty here to chew on. Watch the video above and read some excerpts below:

On the Sixers without Andrew Bynum:

"I think even without Bynum this team can certainly compete in the East and fight to be around. I think they're a .500 team in the East without him, and that's good enough to make the playoffs. There's no question that the Andrew Bynum injury hangs over this franchise and not just this season. There's real question whether he'll not only play this year but whether his career is in jeopardy."

On the Perspective of Bynum from the Outside:

"He was excited about the trade to Philly and playing for the Sixers. A lot of the people in the Lakers organization thought he would thrive playing away from Kobe Bryant, away from Pau Gasol, where he was the guy. He desperately wanted to be the guy. They thought he would thrive in Philly, the injuries not withstanding. There are people who believe he doesn't love to play and it isn't that important to him. I don't believe that. He's eccentric. He will do his own thing. You saw him acting out last year. He's an intelligent guy, he does like to do his own thing, but I do believe he loves the game and wants to be a great player and had worked real hard at it in L.A."

On Evan Turner Ever Living Up to Being the No. 2 Overall Pick

"I think the feeling is he's never going to live up to being the second overall pick. I think what happens for young players is they have to get past that and realize that maybe I can't be that guy, but that doesn't mean I still can't still be a productive player in the league. I think the feeling is certainly he can be that and is starting to show that. For what you expect for No. 2 overall, which you'd like to believe is an All-Star player, I don't think Evan is going to be an All-Star player in his career and I don't get the sense others feel that either."

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.

Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.

Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.

He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.

He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.

A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).

Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.

After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).

Here is the rest of today's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P