If Rod Thorn and Doug Collins were pleased with the one-year value of adding Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson in last week’s four-team trade, the Philadelphia 76ers’ brass has to be tickled to see Bynum’s so-called “attitude problems” melt before their eyes in front of his hometown Philly fanbase.
As reported by ESPN and ourselves following the upbeat press conference, Bynum made no bones about his plans for the future:
“I’m really looking forward to making [Philadelphia] my home.” –
#Sixers Center Andrew Bynum on a possible contract extension.
— Khandyman Sports (@KhandymanSports) August 15, 2012
Many people criticized Thorn for trading for Bynum, citing attitude problems, the possibility of Bynum walking away after one season and possible health issues. Two out of three were silenced on Wednesday, with the large contingent of fans yelling “Andrew Bynum!” and “Beat L.A.!” as the All-Star big man was introduced—wearing a smile as wide as the world.
Bynum—who grew up only one hour away from the Wells Fargo—will also be the main offensive option in Doug Collins’ scheme, who’ll utilize him to the fullest extent unlike the Lakers, who also had to run their offense through Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. If he does indeed sign an extension with Philly following the season, which seems extremely likely at this point, it will likely be a five-year deal worth close to the $98 million Deron Williams got from Brooklyn this past offseason.
It’s officially the start of a new era—the ‘Andrew Bynum Era’—in Philadelphia, and it certainly started off with a bang.