Why wait? 76ers need Andrew Bynum now

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Andrew Bynum said Monday he'd play if he had to, but he wants to be 100 percent healthy. Philly.com's John Smallwood asks, why wait?

Without a dominant big man, this team does not have enough options or versatility to take out one of the top teams in the East over seven games - particularly the reigning world champion Heat. Many of the names have changed, but without Bynum anchoring down the middle, this is basically the same team that finished 35-31 last season and got the eighth seed.

Without Bynum as a 7-foot difference-maker, it is the same team that needed Chicago's Derrick Rose to go down with a knee injury to advance out of the first round.

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