Last season, Nick Young struggled to find a regular spot in the 76ers rotation, and when he did get minutes, the results were varied. For the most part, it was a frustrating season in Philadelphia for everyone, including Lakers ex-center Andrew Bynum.
Bynum sat out all of last season recovering from a knee surgery. Philadelphia fans feel like they were cheated out of what could have been a promising lineup if Bynum was healthy last season, and the organization decided to let him walk in free agency this summer.
Despite all of the season’s frustrations, Young feels that Bynum got the raw deal in Philadelphia last season, according to the LA Daily News.
“He’s hurt. He’s somebody who has been playing games with bad knees,” Young said. “It’s tough. He’s trying to get back each game in Philly, they’re tough. They were on Bynum everywhere he walked. He didn’t play and then he’d go bowling or something.”
“He tried to get back, but he wasn’t right last year,” Young said. “It was probably good for him to sit out.”
Bynum is now in his third consecutive season in a position to leave an organization on, what would be considered, not the best of terms. Bynum was recently suspended indefinitely by the Cleveland Cavaliers and is currently on the trading block.
The last memory Lakers fans have of Bynum is him walking off the court with his jersey off after a hard foul on JJ Barea kicked him out of the game. 76ers fans only have his hair to remember him by and now the Cavaliers are looking to ship him out of town before Jan. 7.
There’s no telling whether Bynum will be able to turn his career around with a change of scenery as he could potentially be on his fourth team in three years should he be traded or released before the Feb 20 trade deadline. As of now, things are a bit bleak for Bynum, but at least Nick Young has his back.
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