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August 20, 2012

Andrew Bynum is considering sticking around with the 76ers

Andrew Bynum will be the player in charge of getting things going for the 76ers offensive end. It's a big challenge, but he seems to be up to it.

By Stephen Lars

At 24-years-old it is hard to believe that we could call Andrew Bynum a veteran, or to put it mildly, that he is an extraordinarily experienced player. Then again, we have to take a look at his resume and realize that he’s been playing in the NBA since he was 17-years-old and that at 7ft tall, the 285lbs center is a force to be reckoned with and a two time NBA Champion. Still, the LA Lakers, the team where he had played since he was picked No. 10 in the first round of the NBA draft in 2005, seemed to be willing to let him go in order to sign Dwight Howard from Orlando Magic. And in the 11-player, 4 team transaction the Lakers sent Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets and Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers.

17-years-old and that at 7ft tall, the 285lbs center is a force to be reckoned with and a two time NBA Champion

So there you have it, the injury-prone center is now officially going to wear No. 33 with the 76ers this upcoming season. Let’s really hope that he can bring some of that magic with him, and the with Philadelphia he’s going to be able to live up to the expectations of a now matured player who many consider to be among the top three active players in that position. The marketing division of the Philadelphia 76ers didn’t miss a beat and made the press conference announcing his official transfer open to the public. It might also be a good move to make him feel at home right off from the start as Bynum is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. Andrew Bynum was introduced along with the newly acquired Jason Richardson. Fans immediately made Bynum feel at home in Philadelphia with chants of "Andrew Bynum! and "Beat L.A." as he was introduced to the press and his newly finished team shirt bearing No. 33 was given to him.

Bynum, on the other hand, didn’t miss a beat to return some of the love back he had been getting from the fans of the City of Brotherly Love. When the press asked him if he was considering signing a contract extension with the team he was quick to respond: "To be honest, my first experience here's been so great, I'm really looking forward to making this my home." The fans responded with a big roar. The future still holds some uncertainties for the young Bynum. It has been said that Bynum is going to be undergoing a new experimental treatment to help him strengthen his knees. This is a very well known issue with the player who is now going to be responsible for moving the 76ers offense, a job that with his previous team, the LA Lakers, relied heavily on either Kobe Bryant or Pau Gasol.

Andrew Bynum plans to have a non-surgical treatment, known as Orthokine/Regenokine, in early September in Germany. The procedure is a derivation of platelet-rich plasma therapy and is the same treatment that Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill and Alex Rodriguez all recently underwent.

About the Author

Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.