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Why wait? 76ers need Andrew Bynum now

Andrew Bynum said Monday he'd play if he had to, but he wants to be 100 percent healthy.'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.