According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, Doug Collins wasn’t exactly over the moon after watching Andrew Bynum participate in a 5-on-5 scrimmage Friday. Before Saturday night’s shellacking at the hands of Los Heat, the coach told the reporter:
“He looked like a guy who hadn’t played in nine months…I don’t think any bells and whistles should be sent off that he’s close to playing.”
This is the clearest signal yet from the organization that the nightmare scenario that many of us have been girding ourselves for some time now—that Bynum wouldn’t play a minute this season, forcing the Sixers to make a decision, the decision, that will determine the fate of the franchise on the basis of…well, almost nothing—is, in fact, the most likely outcome of the Bynum experiment.
Will Bynum ever be the same? Can you sign a player to a large deal after he sat a season? Should you? Considering what the Sixers gave up to acquire him, can they let him just walk?
It’ll be an interesting offseason. God help us all.