PHILADELPHIA –They came to bury Andrew Bynum when the man who was supposed to be the 2013 Philadelphia 76ers’ savior—if only he could’ve played– came back to town last night.
He wasn’t impressed with the frosty reception.
“I thought it was a little weak, honestly,’’ Bynum said after a less-than-triumphant return to the city that once came out in droves to shower affection on him one sun-drenched August day in 2012. That now seems like light years ago.
“I thought it would be much worse—and it wasn’t,” he added. “I just went out and played. It was just another game to me. I wasn’t hyped by the crowd doing what they did. It was kind of funny. I was smiling the entire time.’’
Maybe not at the end. The Sixers pounded Bynum’s Cavaliers into submission, 94-79.
And if Bynum was smiling, he was about the only one wearing Cleveland maroon and white who was. After the Cavs raced to a 28-14 first period lead, they were outscored 63-33 over the next two periods, so annoying coach Mike Brown that he left his starters on the floor to the bitter end.