Monthly Archive  November 2012



Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
11/30/12 10:16 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 104 FinalRecap | Box Score 98 Charlotte Bobcats
Lavoy Allen, PF 35 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -3

Lavoy has had a sophomore season that, especially in light of his postseason heroics this spring, has been a disappointment. His performance Friday was anything but. Against a Bobcats frontcourt that can be most aptly described as “terrible,” LA was tremendous, posting his first career double-double. The first of many? Time will tell.

Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +11

Thad got off to a gangbusters start, 6-of-6 from the floor, before he cooled.  His defense though was, as usual, disruptive.

Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 10-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 25 PTS | +8

Evan Turner, jack of all trades he is, was at it again against the ‘Cats. It’s pretty clear that he’s benefiting enormously from the absence of Andre Iguodala, and the resulting oxygen it’s given his game. He’s constantly improving. Read this paragraph again. He’s better now.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 6-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 15 AST | 13 PTS | +11

Even without scoring the basketball, Jrue controlled the game like a maestro on Friday.

Jason Richardson, SG 30 MIN | 9-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | +17

With Evan Turner in foul trouble, Richardson took over in the fourth.

Dorell Wright, SF 8 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -3

Not clear what Wright has done to work his way (back) into Doug Collins doghouse.  An able, lengthy defender with a nose for the ball and an ability to stretch the defense, DW played just eight minutes on Friday.  You get the feeling his first season here might be his last.  Too bad.

Spencer Hawes, C 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | 0

After a difficult last few weeks, Spence hit a nadir against the ‘Cats. Possibly hampered by his twisted knee, he was passive, ineffective, and ineffectual.  Hawes now has 17 rebounds his last six games. The season-opener seems like it was more than a month ago, doesn’t it?

Kwame Brown, C 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +3

I’m told he’s very punctual, so that’s a mark in his favor.

Maalik Wayns, PG 11 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | -8

The Villanova product was effective spelling Holiday.  He always used one “L.”

Nick Young, SG 21 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -6

Swaggy, contra his (deserved) rep, played a controlled, disciplined game.

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Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/30/12 3:00 pm EST

Jrue Holiday (left) and Evan Turner have been crucial to the Sixers success this season.

As everybody already knows, the NBA is a star-centered league. It was never more evident then when one of the NBA’s most respected coaches, Gregg Popovich, was chastised for deciding to sit four of his star players in a game last night against arguably the NBA’s best team in the Miami Heat.

For the 2012-13 Sixers, it’s been more of the same. From the start of the campaign up until now, there’s been one man drawing the attention of the national media, while next to nothing has been said of the “team” that stands at 9-6, good enough for the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference. The focus has been on Andrew Bynum, the All-Star center who hasn’t been able to play a minute this season for the Sixers as he recovers from offseason knee procedures.

Before the Sixers’ first nationally televised game this season against the New Orleans Hornets, the Sixers were on’s front page. Instead of a story focusing on the promising youth and acquisitions the Sixers were able to make in the offseason, it was a story focused on questioning the Sixers ownership, calling the moves they made this season a “risk”. All of the negativity was built around the status of Bynum, the Sixers’ most talked-about offseason acquisition since Elton Brand.

Just 10 days later, as the Sixers stood at 5-4, another article came out about Bynum damaging cartilage in his knees while going bowling. Most recently, as the Sixers sat at 7-5, out came yet another article on Bynum only this time about him being out indefinitely for the 2012-13 season.

As the national media now steers its way away from Philadelphia (due to Bynum’s playing status being much clearer), maybe the NBA’s fans will be able to focus on the Sixers in a positive light and see who they really are this season as a team rather than who they’re not.

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
11/30/12 1:14 pm EST

Zach Lowe submitted a typically thoughtful breakdown of the ongoing Andrew Bynum debacle on Grantland this week.

In examining the central question — did the Sixers screw up?— Lowe wrote something that struck me as off base on the first read through: management gave up significant future value to land Bynum.

Okay.  Iguodala stung, but I’m not losing any sleep over Vucevic or the lottery-protected first rounder.  I also forgot Moe Harkless was a person until I slipped over to the excellent NBA Geek and saw this:

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Posted by: Tim Parker
11/29/12 10:34 am EST

There aren’t too many things that Philadelphia and Memphis share in common.

One city is best known for its historical grandeur, fine restaurants and rabid sports fans, while the other can only boast Elvis and BBQ.  But, Philly and Memphis do share one very unique thing in common.  The City of Brotherly Love and the Barbecue Pork Capital of the World have both had its professional basketball teams’ bamboozled by Lakers’ general manager Mitch Kupchak in deals that allowed the Lakers to acquire two of the most dominant big men in the NBA – Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard.

Yes, long before Kupchak alienated not one, but two coaches in Lakerland (including arguably the best coach in professional basketball history), he suckered our beloved Sixers franchise which was starved to leave the world of the irrelevant (that was nestled in a direction of going nowhere fast) to take on Andrew Bynum and his bum knee, scratch that,  two bum knees.

The 76ers were supposed to receive a Bynum with plenty of superstar potential whose knee simply needed some rest.  Once the knee was stable and now that he was out from under the Kobe dominated Lakers; he would ultimately come into his own as a perennial all-star.

At least, that’s what Bynum was supposed to be.

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Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/28/12 2:02 am EST
Dallas Mavericks 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +6

When I have to say things like, “Lavoy Allen looks slower than Chris Kaman”, then you know you had a bad game.  I’m tired of drilling Lavoy, but he’s playing like “Mr. 500” this season.  Due to both foul trouble and bad play, Lavoy barely saw the court in the second half of this game.

Thaddeus Young, SF 29 MIN | 7-14 FG | 6-11 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +6

Thad could find himself playing in his first All-Star Game if he keeps his play at this level.  20 points, 7 boards and a career-high 11 free-throws attempted.  The bulk he added in the off-season is paying dividends for the Sixers who crucially need him to succeed for the team to succeed.  He wasn’t necessarily strong on defense, but made up for it and then some on the offensive end of the court. Needless to say, he’s a starter the rest of the year no matter what happens if Bynum does indeed return.

Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 8-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | -3

In the first quarter, ET had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.  In the third quarter Turner had three straight crucial buckets to turn a 66-70 deficit into a 72-70 lead.  In the fourth quarter, Turner denied Vince Carter an attempt at the last shot (when he had been red hot in the quarter up until that point) to bring the Sixers a victory.  It was a complete performance from Turner on both ends of the floor who finished with a game-high 22 points and showed an organization the type of player he’s capable of being on a more consistent basis.  Turner’s now scored 10 or more points in the last seven games while adding at least four rebounds and three assists.  In fact Evan has now scored 10 or more points in 11 of the Sixers 15 games this season (73%).  Last season Turner scored 10 or more in just 28-of-66 games (42%).

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 7-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 7 AST | 18 PTS | +1

Great game from Jrue, up until the fourth quarter.  Two crucial turnovers, a couple late misses and a foul on O.J. Mayo which could have cost the Sixers a win.  I was rooting for Jrue to score 20 points so I could research when the last time three different Sixers reached 20 or more points in a game, unfortunately it didn’t happen.  However 18 points, seven assists and three steals is a great performance in my book.  His defense on O.J. Mayo deserved applause and he made a few awe-inspiring passes to open teammates.  He took a step back in terms of turnovers, but his plus’ outweighed his minus’ in the grand scheme of the game.

Jason Richardson, SG 31 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +13

Richardson hit two straight three’s to open the game, but then didn’t score the rest of the night. However, he played solid defense with three steals, he had eight first half rebounds and the Sixers were +13 with him on the court. Hard to argue with his playing time.

Dorell Wright, SF 17 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 PTS | -7

Wright’s playing time was one of the things I was upset about in this game.  The Sixers were up 87-81 when Wright exited the game midway through the fourth quarter.  He had just had a huge dunk a couple plays earlier for his first points of the game, but he had played a large role as a facilitator and defender up until that point.  Swaggy P on the other hand was having a terrible game and terrible fourth quarter up until that point, but for some reason when it came time for Thad to check back into the game it was Swaggy and not Wright who was allowed to stay on the court.  I don’t know what Wright did for Collins to be dogging him like this, but after a great start to the season I would’ve expected Wright to be respected a little more than this.

Spencer Hawes, C 13 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -7

For the most part, Hawes was a non-factor in this game.  He had a couple big buckets in the fourth and a big steal, but really disappointing overall.  He’s now gone nine-straight games without 10 rebounds and had just two in this game.  If he doesn’t start getting physical, Collins will find minutes for guys who are willing to bang no matter how much shorter they may be.

Kwame Brown, C 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +6

Were you as happy as I was watching Kwame Brown in this game?  He was physical, he was smart, he was efficient, he was active on the boards and he showed toughness.  Literally every question I had about Kwame was answered in his 16 minutes of playing time.  He can be a productive player in this League, he really just has to be aggressive and to stay focused.  I admittedly am a hater of Kwame, but I was excited for him watching this game.  The crowd, after booing him when he first entered the game, was even behind him by the end of the game.  If Kwame can start to do this every night then maybe Doug Collins knew what he was doing all along.  If not…I go back to my realistic expectations.

Maalik Wayns, PG 13 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -5

Before the game I asked Maalik how he had felt getting his first real production in the NBA in the teams win over Pheonix and he responded, “I’m getting more comfortable.  I know what to do now and I’m getting more acclimated to it.  I’m trying to make the most of my minutes whether it’s five minutes or seven minutes, whatever it is I’m trying to make the most of it and to come out successful.”  In Maalik’s most extensive minutes of the season against the Mavs, he had his ups and downs but ultimately showed that he can be more than effective for the team this season.  He had eight first half points and showed that his speed is something that could be dangerous to an opposition. He was crossed up to the floor by Collison, but came back with a three.  He was blocked by Brand, but came right back at the rim and was hacked for two.  He left Collison wide open for a three, but attacked the rim right after and got two more from the line.  Inconsistency is supposed to come with being a rookie, give Maalik some playing time to get comfortable and he could be dangerous.

Nick Young, SG 21 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +2

Horrible game.  Should’ve played at least 10 minutes less than he did.  His only points came off of a runner/floater where he almost turned the ball over.  He also made a careless pass for an easy two and simply took his eyes off a pass on another occasion.  Despite the crowds “swag” chants, this guy deserved some bench time.

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Posted by: Steve Toll
11/27/12 10:04 am EST

Doug Collins has the rare distinction of coaching Michael Jordan, the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.).

For a short period of time Collins also coached the best PG of All-Time.  A player who was like a maestro, who would make CP3 and Magic seem ordinary.  However, this player didn’t last long as a point guard, because that player was Michael Jordan.  

Asked to play the point, Jordan had a 21 game stretch over the 1989 season, where he averaged 11.4 assists and 3.6 turnovers, while having 11 triple-doubles in 13 games at one point.  Over the course of that season, Jordan averaged 8 assists per game and had a 2.25 : 1 assist:turnover ratio.  That MJ-point guard experiment of course did not last.  Still, Jordan’s time as a floor general makes me think when I see Holiday play, that Jrue is being miscast.

Through some research, I have discovered as my eye test has hypothesized: Jrue is an All-Star combo guard 

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Posted by: C. Smith
11/26/12 11:54 am EST
Phoenix Suns 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +2

A solid night for LA overall, but his bucket at the 9:24 mark of the 4th was HUGE as it ended an 11-0 run by the Suns and kept the Sixers afloat in this one.

Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +11

I was expecting a bigger scoring punch from Thad last night, but with Holiday going off it wasn’t really necessary. His defense (along with the rest of this team) is still a work in progress.

Evan Turner, SF 32 MIN | 4-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +2

Poor overall shooting aside, I thought ET played a very solid game.  I’m not sure I want him shooting so many 3-balls every night (career high three 3PM), but the one he knocked home in the early 4th was big.  Of course he also gave me at heart attack with the missed FT at the end.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 13-21 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 13 AST | 33 PTS | +11

Only two players in the last 35 years of Sixers basketball have put up numbers like ‘The Jruth” did last night.  The other one was “The Answer” — 38 points and 15 assists against the Orlando Magic on Jan. 26, 2006. — and he’s headed to the HoF…Just sayin’ (More on Jrue’s night later).

Jason Richardson, SG 34 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +5

Obviously the Sixers need J-Rich to shoot better, but still a decent night all-around.  His 3PM in the 4th that pushed the Sixers out to a 00-97 lead was clutch.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

He was probably so shocked at getting playing time that he didn’t know how to react.

Dorell Wright, SF 20 MIN | 1-4 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -2

Another effort by Wright that should help pull him out of DC’s dog house.  Love that his FT shooting is automatic.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3

An okay night from Hawes, but he can not fall off if this team is to succeed without Bynum.  20 mins of play and only 2 boards is unacceptable.

Kwame Brown, C 6 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +2

My favorite stretch took place near the end of the third quarter and than into the 4th Q when Kwame air balled a FT; had his slam attempt blocked at the 3rd Q horn and then got called for an illegal screen to open the 4th (?able call).

Nick Young, SG 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -3

The FG Swaggy P hit in the 3rd Q was huge as it allowed the Sixers to keep pace with PHX.  Other than that, he was a non-factor.

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
11/24/12 10:24 pm EST
Oklahoma City Thunder 116 FinalRecap | Box Score 109 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 28 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | -5During a fourth quarter in which the Sixers outscored OKC 19-13, LA was large on both ends. He scored six points on three shots, grabbed three rebounds, and blocked a pair of shots. Thing is, there were other quarters.
Thaddeus Young, SF 44 MIN | 13-23 FG | 3-3 FT | 15 REB | 4 AST | 29 PTS | +5A career night in every sense. Thad set a new career mark with 15 rebounds and fell just four shy of setting a new personal standard for points scored. He was tremendous.
Evan Turner, SG 41 MIN | 10-17 FG | 6-7 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 26 PTS | -4Another very good night for ET. He made plays large and small (blowing by Sefolosha to tie it at 100 early in OT fits neatly in the “large” category) and effectively manned the point in the third quarter while Holiday was riding the pine with foul trouble.
Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 13 AST | 6 PTS | -17The 13-2 assist to turnover ratio was, especially considered against his early season struggles, impressive, but not a whole lot else went right for Jrue tonight. The offense was better when he was off the floor.
Jason Richardson, SG 18 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -3Before he reaggravated his sprained ankle, J-Rich was very good and very efficient.
Dorell Wright, SF 33 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +1After the Sixers win over the Raptors, Doug Collins made a point of telling the media he intended to play Wright more often. His playing time tonight: more often. The forward’s 33 minutes were the most he’s played since Nov. 9 against Boston.
Spencer Hawes, C 19 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -3Spencer had a great third quarter but didn’t do much else.
Nick Young, SG 25 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +7Say what you want about Nick Young: he does not turn the basketball over. Swaggy is averaging 0.7 per game on the season and has committed just one in his last eight outings.

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Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/21/12 8:21 am EST
Toronto Raptors 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 106 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | +10While another “Young” may have grabbed the most attention in this game, once again Thad played tremendous down the stretch in this one.  Thad’s strip of Andrea Bargnani late in the 4th (who had gotten the better of him for most of the game) was a huge moment in the game.  Thad scored 10 of his 18 points in the 4th, including a steal and dunk sequence to seal the game.  His energy late in games has been crucial to the team’s 7-4 start.
Evan Turner, SG 33 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -5Turner put on a solid effort, but disappeared for large stretches of the game.  He also looked slow at times guarding Raptors leading scorer DeMar DeRozan.  It definitely wasn’t his best game and after shutting out DeRozan when the teams met a little over a week ago I had expected more from him on the defensive end.  Had Turner not been replaced by Jason Richardson with 9:30 left in the 4th, this post could’ve been a reaction about a Sixers loss.
Kwame Brown, C 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -10He got to start.  That counts for something right?
Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 9-21 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 12 AST | 19 PTS | +1After an ugly start to the night shooting the ball and the combo of Jose Calderon/Kyle Lowry getting the better of Jrue for most of the game, Holiday did everything right down the stretch for the Sixers and nearly posted a triple-double. His drive to the hole and kick to a wide open Jason Richardson to give the Sixers are 6-point cushion late was a thing of beauty and the type of play which should make every Sixers fan happy with his recent contract extension.  Jrue was simply clutch and he’ll need to be exactly that for the Sixers to succeed this season without Bynum.
Jason Richardson, SG 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 21 PTS | +17The oldest player on the team showed that he’s got more than enough left in the tank.  Subbing in for Evan Turner in the 4th, he was the spark the Sixers desperately needed as he hit 6-straight points to turn a tie ballgame into a crucial 6-point lead with just 1:20 left in the game.  His four three’s are exactly what the team expects from him on a game-by-game basis and especially three’s in the clutch. After all, he’s one of the few leaders on this young Sixers team.
Lavoy Allen, PF 25 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +6Not a pretty stat-line, but one of the better defensive performances out of Allen this season.  Still waiting for him to make headlines for a breakout game rather than over tweeting to “Clueless” movie stars.
Dorell Wright, SF 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +19D.Wright is officially in Doug Collins’ dog house.  Good luck getting out of it, it’s a tough thing to do. Although Wright did make one of the funniest quotes of the season so far before the game. When asked on what he’s contributing to this years Thanksgiving dinner, Wright responded by saying, “I put rolls in the oven.”  If only he had a few more opportunities to roll a couple shots in the net. I’d be lying if I said that quote didn’t bring his grade up higher for this game.
Spencer Hawes, C 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3Spencer, can you please just put the headband back on?  Spencer Hawes can’t seem to find consistency this season for the Sixers.  Hawes has just two games where he’s registered 10 rebounds or more in 11 contests.  Through 11 games last season he had six.  Without Bynum, it’s unacceptable for a seven footer like Hawes to come up small on the boards.  The Sixers are going to have a rough season if they keep getting out-rebounded like they did against the Raptors, 48-41.
Royal Ivey, PG 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0It seems like Royal Ivey has finally come back down to earth and is back where he belongs, warming a seat on the Sixers bench.
Nick Young, SG 29 MIN | 7-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 23 PTS | +5“Swaggy P came and delivered,” said Nick Young after by far his best performance of the season.  He even had his off-balance fade-away going in this one as Swaggy did everything he wanted against the Raptors defense.  What impressed me more than his scoring was his defense against DeMar DeRozan to close out the game and his ability to get to the line.  If he can add these aspects to his game this season, then the Sixers front office will look like genius’ for letting Lou Williams walk in the offseason.
Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Really?
Maalik Wayns, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Really?

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Posted by: C. Smith
11/20/12 3:42 pm EST

If you are at work and just now catching up to the fact that the Twitter-sphere is on fire with Andrew Bynum “knee” Tweets and threads, here’s what you missed out on so far…

Apparently very late on Monday night / early this morning (1:39Am according to the byline date stamp) ran a post stating that writer Jason Wolf had talked to an “internationally respected orthopedic surgeon” about Bynum’s knee issues.  I am summing up here, but the surgeon basically stated a diagnosis using the evidence on Bynum’s knee that he had reviewed.  Based on what this surgeon read / heard and combined with his experience in this field of medicine, the surgeon reached an interesting conclusion on Bynum’s bruised knees. 

Shorty after the story started generating a huge buzz on Twitter, it magically disappeared from

However, we found the story and after the jump you can read it for yourself and decide whether or not this is responsible journalism…    

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