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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cavs' Andrew Bynum on facing Sixers Friday: 'I think they'll probably boo, but that's their choice'


Cleveland’s Andrew Bynum is ready for his greeting, however boisterous it may be.

The Cavaliers center told reporters in Cleveland Wednesday he expects to play Friday night at Wells Fargo Center against the Sixers, the team for which he did not play a single game last season. He said he’s also expecting boos from the Sixers’ faithful.

“Just another game,” he said.

Bynum, who’s coming off the bench for the Cavaliers, has seen a gradual step-up in minutes as he progresses from the arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent in March.

“I think they’ll probably boo, but that’s their choice,” Bynum told Cleveland media. “It wasn’t my choice to get rid of me. I don’t feel bad at all (about last season). … If I was not hurt, I would’ve played. That’s really the end to that story.”

Bynum and the Cavaliers play in Milwaukee tonight before flying to Philly. The team is expected to practice in town Thursday.

Bynum enters tonight’s game averaging 6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 12.6 minutes per game. Recently, he said he’s experiencing “little sharp pains” in his surgically repaired knees, but that he’s going to play through it.

The 26-year-old is in the first year of a two-year, $24 million deal with the Cavaliers, though only $6 million of his salary is guaranteed. The team holds the option on Bynum for the 2014-15 season.

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