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Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 11:10 am  |  11 responses

Philadelphia Sixers Apologize for the Andrew Bynum Disaster


New Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil tried to buy some goodwill from Philadelphia hoops fans, by apologizing for the debacle that was Andrew Bynum last season. Per the Philly Inquirer: “The acquisition of the 7-foot center in last summer’s four-team trade ultimately set the Sixers back several seasons. Bynum, who made $16.9 million last season, never played for the team due to chronically injured knees. After being urged by 94 WIP-FM personality Angelo Cataldi, new Sixers chief executive officer Scott O’Neil apologized Thursday morning to fans who purchased tickets with the hope of seeing Bynum play. ‘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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  • Fat Lever

    No need to apologize. They took a gamble and came up short. Them’s the breaks. At least they were willing to take the gamble. I’m sure they didn’t realize at the time that they were gambling on a dog, but hindsight is 20/20. Time to look forward, Sixer fans.

  • RayJr

    Dan Gilbert will be apologizing to Cavs fans in a year or two for the same thing.

  • spit hot fiyah

    dan gilbert didn’t trade away an all-star and two very solid young players to get him. all he did was guarantee him 6 million

  • BugEyes

    They should apologize for trading jrue he tore up the summer league invites for the team USA tryouts

  • RayJr

    Still a mistake.

  • spit hot fiyah

    remains to be seen, but if it is it will be a one year 6 million dollar mistake

  • robb

    It’s a good gesture, but they were not to blame. It’s a difficult business, it’s impossible to know the outcome of certain situations.

    That being said I’d like to see the GS Warriors fans apologising to Joe Lacob for booing him because he’s done a great job and the Warriors are a very exciting team to watch.

  • Fat Lever

    While I loved Jrue’s game, he’s not the superstar that we need. The only way we’re going to have a chance to get that superstar is by hitting rock bottom. That’s just the way it is in the NBA. It was tough seeing him go, but the fact that we could have 2 lottery picks in next years draft goes a lot further to getting that superstar that is required to compete in the NBA.

  • BugEyes

    I disagree, 100% Philly is awful, you might as well pull the trigger on kyrie Irving than lol

  • JackPackage

    Nothing whatsoever to apologize for.

    Philadelphia are finally headed in the right direction with Noel, MCW and two lottery picks in next year’s franchise player draft bonanza.

    Far better to be heading towards a potentially bright future, than meandering in 8th seed hell forever.

  • JackPackage

    How?

    Worst case scenario is they waste $6 million, it’s not like they’re hanging all their hopes on Bynum.

    Ultimate low risk/potentially high reward scenario.

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