Andrew Bynum wasn't exactly brought to tears by the boos that rained down at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center on Friday night, when the Sixers defeated the Cavaliers 94-79 in the seven-footer's first return to the City of Brotherly Love since sitting out the entire 2012-13 season with knee injuries.
"I thought it was a little weak," Bynum said when asked about the crowd reaction. "Honestly, I thought it was going to be much worse."
With a little less than four minutes remaining in the first quarter, Bynum checked in for his first action on Friday night. The boos were easily heard on the telecast, and they continued for more than 20 seconds during Cleveland's ensuing offensive possession.
Bynum, who said earlier this week that he is giving "serious thought" to retirement, finished with four points, five rebounds and one block. He was a minus-15 in 18 minutes off of Mike Brown's bench.
"It was just another game for me," Bynum said, downplaying the reaction.
Last year was a troubling season for Bynum, who was dealt to Philadelphia from Los Angeles in a 2012 trade. He never suited up for the Sixers, as injuries plagued him throughout the season. He suffered one setback while bowling and he eventually underwent season-ending surgeries on both knees in March. Under new GM Sam Hinkie, the Sixers elected not to re-sign Bynum, who instead landed with the Cavaliers on a two-year contract.
Evan Turner led the Sixers with a game-high 22 points (on 10-for-18 shooting), 10 rebounds and five assists.
Dion Waiters led the Cavaliers with 18 points (on 7-for-19 shooting) in a losing effort.
Philadelphia improved to 4-2 with the win. Cleveland dropped to 2-4 with the loss.
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