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Sixers Fans Show Up To Cheer Andrew Bynum At Introductory Press Conference
Published August 16, 2012
OWNERS, FANS EXCITED: In Philadelphia, Marcus Hayes writes Harris is “ready to tie the knot” and he “cannot offer Bynum a max-deal fast enough.” Harris said, “Where do I sign? Show me the contract!” Hayes notes there is “one immediate reward for the Sixers’ risk,” as Aron said season tickets have been “flying off the shelves” since the deal was finalized last week. The Sixers “offered no statistical evidence” of increased fan interest, but there is “empirical evidence: Hundreds of Sixers fans crammed themselves into a cordoned mosh pit on the second floor of the National Constitution Center to watch the press conference.” Hayes notes it really was “less a press conference than an outrageous publicity stunt aimed at impressing Bynum,” and “it worked.” Harris said, "The recruiting process started today. This was a good kickoff." Hayes: “As titillating as Bynum's talents might be, Harris would prove most intelligent if he spends a few months in courtship before he slips a diamond on the finger of Andrew Bynum” (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 8/16). Also in Philadelphia, Alex Lee writes from the start, Aron and Harris “have expressed a desire to build something here in Philadelphia” and they “have gone a long way toward showing it” (PHILLY.com, 8/16).