The Indiana Pacers could hand a long-overdue debut to Andrew Bynum against the Philadelphia 76ers this Friday.
The 26-year-old center was waived by the Chicago Bulls back in January before signing for the Pacers several weeks later. Now, after weeks of waiting, Bynum is in contention to make his first start for his new employers at the Wells Fargo Center in Pennsylvania.
The Indy Star report that Bynum is on the verge of making his first start for the Pacers, while the man himself admitted at the weekend that he hopes to be “cleared to play next week”. His coach, Frank Vogel, added: "We'll see after (Sunday's) game goes and then we'll probably meet about it (Monday) and try to come up with a firmer plan."
Bynum, who is averaging 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 24 games, last played a match on December 26 during the final weeks of his Cleveland Cavaliers tenure. And the former LA Lakers star insists that he doesn’t care who his next set of opponents are - just that he gets the opportunity to set foot back on the court.
"I don't really care about the location," he added, "but just getting a chance to play."