Andrew Bynum practiced 5-on-5 Friday for the first time since being traded to the Sixers in August. The seven-foot center, who has yet to play a game this season thanks to a bone bruise in his left knee, looked like a player who has been sidelined far too long.

“He looked like a guy who had not played in nine months,” head coach Doug Collins said. “I think the good part was that he said it was fun to be out there again."

But don’t get too excited.

"I talked to him today," Collins continued, "and he has weight he has to lose, but we have six games in nine days, so there is no time to practice.

“I don’t think there are any bells and whistles sent off right now because he is close to playing."

Bynum has said he expects to play at some point this season, but time is getting away from the big man. There is less than eight weeks remaining and only 29 games in the season. Bynum has proven his worth in the seven years leading up to this season, but knowing his ability and actually seeing it are two very different things. According to the coach, Bynum's presence in the post created a wide-open perimeter, which the Sixers expected when they assembled a roster full of long-range shooters over the summer.