CHICAGO – It’s not easy, but
Ed Pinckney keeps his eye on everything.
Just the other day, he said he
had GameTracker up and running on his computer, keeping an eye on Villanova
hoops while dishing out pregame warmup passes to Rip Hamilton. So Pinckney, the
Chicago assistant coach by way of Villanova, said the Sixers have something
good on their hands in big man Andrew Bynum.
Pinckney’s an 11-year NBA
veteran who retired in 1997, so he knows the strain that can be placed upon a
post player’s body over the course of an 82-game season. The Bulls assistant
coach, who won a national championship at ’Nova in 1985 – said Philly fans
should be patient with Bynum because they’ve got a rare commodity.
“I think Philly is tough, man.
You’ve got to bring it, and (Bynum) hasn’t had an opportunity to get on the
court,” Pinckney said Saturday, prior to tipoff of the Sixers-Bulls game. “Once
he does, people will understand why they sacrificed what they did to get him.”
Bynum has yet to play or even
practice with the Sixers this season, while dealing with bilateral bone bruises
and weakened cartilage in each of his knees. The Sixers traded for Bynum, the
2011-12 All-Star and two-time NBA champion, in a four-team swap Aug. 10.
“He’s one of very few big guys
who can play with their backs to the basket,” Pinckney said. “There aren’t a
lot of those guys around. It’s just a matter of managing his injury and getting
him on the court. Then people will have an understanding of why he’s there.”
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