Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

Andrew Bynum says he expects boos in Philadelphia, doesn’t feel bad at all about last season


The Sixers traded away their best player in Andre Iguodala before last season in exchange for Andrew Bynum, who was coming off of an All-Star year in Los Angeles.

A series of knee injuries and setbacks during the rehabilitation process kept Bynum from ever playing a single game in Philadelphia, and he was allowed to leave as an unrestricted free agent without the team receiving anything in return.

Bynum is far from 100 percent from a health standpoint, but he is playing limited minutes this season for the Cavaliers. And he’ll be playing when his new team faces his old one in Philadelphia on Friday.

From Keith Pompey of

Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum told reporters he would play against the 76ers Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The former Sixer said he would sit out Saturday’s contest against Philadelphia in Cleveland.

“I think they’ll probably boo, but that’s their choice,” Bynum said of Sixers fans during Wednesday’s shootaround in Milwaukee. “It wasn’t my choice to get rid of me. I don’t feel bad at all. . . . If I was not hurt, I would’ve played. That’s really the end to that story.”

Of course they’ll boo. Despite the injuries, there’s a perception (right or wrong) that Bynum didn’t do everything possible to get back on the court during his time with the Sixers, and fans don’t tend to appreciate that.

Aside from the fact that Bynum never played for the Sixers, the fact that he left without compensation helped plunge the team into the full-fledged rebuilding situation it finds itself in now.

The early season wins have been fun, but that’s not going to last, and when the losses start to pile up and the team’s veterans are eventually traded for future building blocks, Bynum will be viewed as a big contributing factor as the team goes through that process.

Carmelo Anthony says he can play at high level 4-5 more years

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Carmelo Anthony can flat-out score the rock — that has never been the question. Even hurting last season for many of the 40 games he played, he averaged 24.2 points a game, had a true shooting percentage of 53.1 percent (right near the league average) while having the entire weight of the Knicks offense on his shoulders (32.2 usage rate, fifth highest in the NBA). When people (or players) talk about him being overrated, the discussion turns to defense or if he makes his teammates better. But there should be no doubt Anthony is an elite scorer.

He thinks he will be for a while longer — like another five years. Via Ian Begley of ESPN:

In fact, the 31-year-old Knicks star is confident that he can play at a high level for the next “four or five years.”

“Without a doubt. Without a doubt,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ final training camp practice on Saturday.

The Knicks better hope that’s true, they already made that bet with that massive five-year contract they gave him last summer.

Anthony’s age combined with him coming off knee surgery have a lot of people — myself included — expecting him to take a step back. Not a big one, but he is coming up at the point in his career where some open shots he used to get are now contested because he’s half-a-step slower, and some of those looks don’t fall as often. His jumper isn’t suddenly going to look like Rajon Rondo‘s, ‘Melo is going to get his points, but he may not be as efficient.

Fortunately, the Knicks have an improved supporting cast around him this season. That should take some offensive load off his shoulders, and maybe the Knicks offense will see better ball movement and start to resemble the triangle. If it’s just more isolation Anthony, it’s not going to be pretty.

Kings pick up option on G Ben McLemore

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento have picked up the 2016-17 option on guard Ben McLemore‘s contract.

General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Saturday.

McLemore was Sacramento’s first-round pick in 2013. He averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.