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Philadelphia 76ers apologize to fans for acquiring Andrew Bynum


There was a lot of hope in Philadelphia when they acquired big man Andrew Bynum last offseason.

That hope turned to anger as Bynum never stepped on the court as a 76er and was spotted doing a handful of activities an injured player really shouldn’t be participating in.

Frustration grew in the Sixers front office who elected to let Bynum walk in free agency and now have apologized to their fans for bringing Bynum to the City of Brotherly Love.

Per general manger Scott O’Neil, via the Philadelphia Inquirer:

“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.”

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