76ers CEO Apologizes To Fans For Andrew Bynum Philly Fiasco
One year ago, the future looked really bright for the Philadelphia 76ers. They let go of Andre Iguodala in exchange for Andrew Bynum, who when healthy is arguably the best center in the NBA. But after 12 months, Andrew Bynum has moved on to a new city, and to make things worse, he ended up not seeing one minute of action for the 76ers due to his horrible knees.
To say the least, the acquisition of Andrew Bynum was an utter and complete disaster for the Philadelphia 76ers, who went from thinking they had a contending team, to finding out that they were really going back to page one. As part of the process of making amends to the fans and the city, new 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil appeared on a local radio station to apologize for the Andrew Bynum disaster.
“I apologize on behalf of the Sixers to any fan who invested and thought Bynum was going to be their guy and be the savior,” said O’Neil, while being a guest on Cataldi’s radio show. “At the end of the day that’s our apology to every fan – not just to you [he told Cataldi]. “However, we are going to take some chances when we can take some chances. And sometimes, they’re not going to work. And sometimes, they are. When they don’t work, we are not going to ever talk about a player negatively. That’s not going to help us or the franchise or the fans. That’s not going to help us recruit. It doesn’t help us go out and grab free agents. It doesn’t help us when we are evaluating talent. It doesn’t help us when we are talking to coaches. It just doesn’t help.”
While O’Neil is correct that it doesn’t help to vent frustration, it certainly is understandable for 76ers fans. Instead of helping build up the team and the city, Andrew Bynum spent his time in Philadelphia growing a wild afro and going bowling on the weekends. That’s not exactly a recipe for success. That being said, O’Neal is right that the 76ers need to move on and look towards the future, which honestly for them looks pretty grim. To think that they essentially got rid of Andre Iguodala for nothing is truly a shame and a tragedy. Before the Bynum trade, they were one of the more young and exciting up and coming teams in the NBA, and now they are looking at being one of the bottom barrel teams of the Eastern Conference. I know in order to go big, you have to take chances, but taking a huge gamble like this and seeing it completely back fire your face is never an easy pill for anybody to swallow and just move on from. This Bynum trade is going to sting for the 76ers and their fans for quite some time.
—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord