Andrew Bynum not worried about return to Philadelphia

Jason Miller

The big man expects Philadelphia fans to boo but isn't worried about his "return."

Andrew Bynum was supposed to be a huge acquisition for the Philadelphia 76ers last summer, but the one-time All-Star center missed the entire season dealing with knee issues. The Cleveland Cavaliers signed him as an unrestricted free agent, ending the short-lived "Andrew Bynum era," but the big man isn't worried making his return as the Cavaliers prepare to visit Philadelphia on Friday, reports Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

"I think they'll probably boo, but that's their choice," he said. Asked if he felt badly about the way it all unfolded in Philadelphia, he said, "It wasn't my choice to get rid of me. I don't feel bad at all. ... If I was not hurt, I would've played. That's really the end to that story.

"It's just another game," he said.

Bynum made his debut with the Cavaliers in their season-opening game against the Brooklyn Nets and finished with three points, three rebounds and two assists. Meager numbers, but more than he ever produced as a Sixer.

Bynum has played in three of the Cavaliers' four games, averaging six points and 3.3 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game. He doesn't expect the "explosiveness" he once had as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers to return, but has dealt with limited mobility for years because of multiple knee injuries throughout his career.

He is expected to play against the 76ers Friday in a match up Paul Flannery singled out as a must-watch game.

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