As the Philadelphia 76ers officially announced big man Andrew Bynum on Wednesday, the former Los Angeles Laker had some interesting things to say about his role with the new team, more specifically the larger role he expects to have under the Doug Collins regime.
Bynum played it cool when asked if he was happy about the change from L.A. to Philly, noting that he thought it was time for a change in his career. He also said things like this:
"It's going to be a lot more exciting and a lot more fun to know that everything's going to be run through me." -Bynum. WOW.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) August 15, 2012
Wow indeed. Bynum has played second fiddle to Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol for years now, and must feel the move to the 76ers makes him the go-to guy out in Philly. Still, they have a lot of solid talent out East, and might not make Bynum the centerpiece he feels he should be.
In terms the long-term status of his career, Bynum also noted that he sees Philadelphia as a place he can make his home. He could commit to them now, but get no more than three years and $60 million. If he waits until the seaosn is over, he could fetch upwards of five years deal and $100 million.
Bynum, a seven-year NBA vet, made his first All-Star game of his career in 2012. He averaged 18.7 points and 11.7 rebounds a game last season.
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