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Andrew Bynum says he will play Friday night in Philadelphia

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 6, 2013
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Andrew Bynum makes his return to Philadelphia when the Cavs play the Sixers on Friday night. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

MILWAUKEE: Andrew Bynum will finally play a game in Philadelphia. Unfortunately for the Sixers, he'll be in a Cavs jersey.

Bynum said this morning he plans to stay consistent with the plan of playing on the front end of back-to-backs and sitting out the back end, meaning he will play in front of what will presumably be a hostile Sixers crowd on Friday night and then sit out Saturday's home game against the Sixers. 

"Just another game," he said. 

He is well aware of Philadelphians' reputation for booing people they don't like, and since he missed all of last season after the Sixers traded away an All-Star and a first-round pick to get him, then paid him nearly $17 million, Philadelphia doesn't like Bynum very much these days.

"I think they’ll probably boo, but that’s their choice," he said. Asked if he felt badly about the way it all unfolded in Philadelphia, he said, "It wasn’t my choice to get rid of me. I don’t feel bad at all. ... If I was not hurt, I would’ve played. That’s really the end to that story."

Bynum is expected to face the Philadelphia media Thursday when the Cavaliers practice in town on their off day. He insists he won't be more motivated playing the Sixers.

"It's just another game," he said. 

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