Video: Andrew Bynum just sounds kind of bummed

Video: Andrew Bynum just sounds kind of bummed

Andrew Bynum will probably get booed this evening in South Philadelphia as he returns (?) to the Wells Fargo Center as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. And that's fine. He's a member of the opposing team. He kind of screwed the Sixers last season when he never played a minute for them -- although you could argue that things actually worked out okay for Sixers in the longterm -- and those reasons alone probably warrant some boos. But do Sixers fans really care about Andrew Bynum any longer? I don't. Not really anyway.

The dude's knees are shot. And listening to him talk yesterday at practice (which you can watch above) he sounds like a guy who probably won't ever be the basketball player he once was. He was quite blunt in saying he's a shell of his former self and that he's thought about retiring due it all.

You probably don't want that on the Sixers.

Some quotes from CSN:

“It is still career threatening. I am a shell of myself on the court right now. I am struggling mentally, but I am trying.”

“In the moment it is tough to enjoy the game because of where I am but I am struggling to work through that,” Bynum said. “I feel like I can still be effective in this league but I am going to have to make changes to my game and it is about accepting those challenges.”

From Cleveland.com:

Asked what his goal is, Bynum said, "Just to be able to play without pain and discover the joy again. … Right now it’s just battling pain is annoying. I’m not able to do the things I used to be able to do and it’s frustrating.''

Which makes Bynum kind of similar to the Philadelphia fans that may boo him tonight. They just want to find joy in watching their basketball team again. That may be more likely without him around.

Related: Are the Sixers actually better off because of the Andrew Bynum trade?

Cazmon Hayes' 20 points not enough for Delaware in loss to Charleston

Cazmon Hayes' 20 points not enough for Delaware in loss to Charleston

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Jarrell Brantley scored 21 points, Joe Chealey added 20 and they both had a double-double in Charleston's 78-65 victory over Delaware on Thursday night.

Charleston (22-8, 13-4 Colonial Athletic Association) has won three straight and remains a game back of UNC Wilmington atop the conference standings. Delaware (12-18, 5-12) has lost consecutive games after winning three in a row.

Brantley and Chealey grabbed 10 rebounds apiece, and Marquise Pointer added 11 points for the Cougars, who made 25 of 29 (86 percent) free throws. Chealey also had seven assists and Brantley blocked three shots.

Cazmon Hayes scored 20 points to lead the Blue Hens.

Charleston closed the first half on an 8-2 surge and led 34-28 at the break. The Cougars opened the second half on a 20-6 run, including a Brantley dunk and capped by Pointer's 3-pointer for a 20-point lead. Delaware pulled within 10 points but didn't get closer.

Joel Embiid really looking forward to facing Nerlens Noel

Joel Embiid really looking forward to facing Nerlens Noel

In case you haven’t heard, the Sixers traded big man Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks before Thursday's deadline (see story).

While Noel's former teammates were saddened by the trade, including Joel Embiid, the rookie big man is already looking forward to squaring off against his friend.

The Sixers face Noel and the Mavericks on March 17 at the Wells Fargo Center.