Now that the dust has settled on one of the biggest trades in NBA history, Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard will be given a fresh start with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. Even though Howard will be followed much more closely in terms of success with his new team, it’d be safe to say that more pressure is on Bynum moving forward.
As arguably the new face of the franchise in Philadelphia, Bynum will truly be tested from here on out about whether or not he’s ready to be the undisputed leader of an NBA franchise. No one doubts Bynum’s talent or ability, but some question his maturity and passion for the game.
Before suiting up for the 76ers, Bynum will head to Germany to undergo the same knee procedure that former teammate Kobe Bryant underwent before last season. This Orthokine therapy that Bynum will undergo has become revolutionary after Kobe showed great results last season by seemingly turning back the clock finishing second in the league in scoring behind Kevin Durant.
After seeing Kobe’s impressive results, a lot of other professional athletes have jumped on the bandwagon in order to undergo the procedure. With all of Bynum’s knee injuries of the past, the up-and-coming center wants to ensure he’s the right investment for the 76ers by continuing to maintain his health.
Last season, Bynum proved to the many doubters and critics that he can be a dominant force in the NBA with a bright future ahead. Bynum averaged career-highs with 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game while playing in 60 of 66 games played by the Lakers.
Obviously, there’s always going to be doubts about Bynum’s long-term durability, but Philadelphia appears to be sold on the big man and willing to sign him to a contract extension during the upcoming season or immediately after.
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