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Andrew Bynum ruled out for Sixers opener


The Andrew Bynum era in Philadelphia is not off to a great start. And from the looks of things, it’ll be a while longer before it even gets started at all.

Bynum has been officially ruled out for the Sixers’ season opener against Denver on Wednesday, according to a team release (via

“While Andrew and the 76ers are both eager for him to resume game play as soon as possible, given the long regular season and the playoffs, the team intends to act with caution as to the date of his return,” read a statement issued by the team.

“Andrew has already commenced low-impact conditioning,” the statement continued, “and will be re-evaluated by medical personnel on a continuous basis.”

That’s no surprise, of course, considering that Bynum’s soreness in his knee has prevented him from going through even one full practice since coming to Philadelphia. But the part that will sting the organization and its fans is that there’s no estimated time for when Bynum will be able to play, and that’s cause for concern.

Remember, Bynum is an unrestricted free agent after this season. The new collective bargaining agreement says he can make more with his current team than he can if he chooses to leave, so the Sixers have that going for them … which is nice. But it’s only a plus if they’re willing to lock up Bynum with a max contract for five years when that time comes.

When healthy, Bynum is an All-Star center in a league with very few of them. His game has shown continual improvement on both ends of the floor and he would be fully deserving of that contract if he can come back and stay at 100 percent, while performing for the Sixers in the postseason.

If the injury concerns linger, however, Philadelphia will have a very tough decision on its hands. If they let Bynum go in free agency — after trading its only star-level player in Andre Iguodala for him — it’s likely back to rebuilding mode for a young team that had shown a lot of promise of being on the rise over the past couple of seasons.

Dwyane Wade serious as mentor, teaching Justise Winslow post moves

Third day of Miami Heat camp 10/1/2015
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Dwyane Wade has earned his status as an elder statesman, the E.F. Hutton kind of veteran who speaks and everybody listens.

Rookie Justise Winslow is listening.

Winslow (who should have gone higher in this draft) is a perfect fit for the Heat and he’s going to be part of their rotation off the bench from the start of the season (along with Josh McRoberts and Amare Stoudemire). Wade has already fully stepped into the mentor role with Winslow working with him on post moves, reports Jason Lieser at the Palm Beach Post.

“As his career develops, hopefully he’s able to do multiple things on the floor, but right now there’s gonna be certain things (Erik Spoelstra) wants him to do, and some of those things I’m good at,” Wade said. “I’m just passing down knowledge to someone who I think could be good at things that I have strengths at. It’s gonna take a while, but if he figures it out at 21, he’s ahead of the curve. I figured it out at like 27.

“All of us are where we’re at because someone before us helped us. They helped by letting us sit there and watch film with them or having conversations with them. If he’s a student of it and he really wants to know, I’m a pretty decent teacher in certain areas.”

This is what you want out of a veteran leader and some of the young teams out there have done an excellent job adding this kind of mentor — Kevin Garnett in Minnesota may be the best example. Someone who can pass on his wisdom and show the team’s young players how to be a professional and win in the NBA.

It’s a little different for Winslow, he and the Heat are more in a win-now mode, but he should be able to contribute to that.

NBA All-Star, champion Bill Bridges dies at age 76

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Bill Bridges, a star as a Kansas Jayhawk who went on to have a 12-year NBA career that included being part of the 1975 Golden State Warriors championship team, has passed away, according to the University of Kansas.

Bridges was an undersized power forward at 6’6″ but he was a beast on the boards who averaged 11.9 rebounds a game for his career and more than 13 a game for six straight years at the peak of his career. That 11.9 per game average is still 27th all-time in NBA history.

A New Mexico native, Bridges was a three-time All-Star (all as a member of the Hawks), two-time All-NBA Defensive team, and was part of the 1975 Warriors title team. Besides the Hawks (St. Louis and Atlanta) and Warriors, Bridges played for the Sixers and Lakers.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.