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"Bynum switches timetable on return — The Sixers have done an admirable job of hanging around the Eastern Conference playoff picture (they’re three games behind Milwaukee for the No. 8 seed) despite not having Andrew Bynum all season and recently losing Jason Richardson for the rest of the season. Hope had come to Philly once Bynum finally started working out with the team recently and going through some drills. A post-All-Star break return was penciled in just a few weeks ago. But Bynum’s return is apparently being pushed back — again — as pain in his left knee is growing, writes Jason Wolf of USA Today:
Andrew Bynum has eased up on his workouts after experiencing “a lot of pain” in his left knee and is unsure if he’ll make his Philadelphia 76ers debut this month.
“I think I worked well for two days on the court and then I got a lot of pain,” Bynum said Monday, “so we backed down a little bit today. I’ll probably go on (the anti-gravity treadmill) tomorrow.”
There is no official target date for Bynum to join full-team practices, or for him to play in a game. But earlier this month, the one-time all-star center told reporters that he was hoping to appear in his first game with the Sixers “around the all-star break.”
Bynum was asked Monday whether he was still planning to play in a game this month.
“I’m not sure,” he said. “It’s all going to depend on if we get a setback or not. Right now, I think things are going well. I’m losing weight and staying on the court for as long as I can.”
But he also said the pain in his left knee “limits me from continuing to go.”
“I don’t know if it’s normal soreness, or if I’ll have to play with it,” Bynum said. “I don’t know what it is. It’s not anything that I haven’t felt, so it’s not new. And it continues to kind of go away over time, so it’s all good stuff. No swelling.”"
The only positive for the 76ers is that Bynum's a free agent at the end of the season. I honestly wonder if Bynum will ever be able to play again at this point. I feel bad for the guy, but at his young age he's accomplished more than a lot of players do in their entire career. Bynum has 2 rings and he's made the all star team.
I'm not sure if this guy really wants to play basketball. I don't think he loves the game. He was blessed with being a 7 foot monster and that got him where he is.
I don't feel bad for him at all. He's made tens of millions for doing very little. Moreover, he's almost certain to get a huge contract from someone this off season regardless of whether he plays a minute in 2013. His general attitude and history give me serious doubts about his love of the game and personal efforts to reach his potential.
If he's completely sincere, there's no reason to feel bad--he's set for life despite being a general disappointment. Few people are so lucky. If he's not sincere in his rehab efforts, he's a low-character bum cheating his employers. I'm not sure which is the case, but I certainly don't feel bad for him.
bloodyshy, I personally feel bad for anyone who has a serious injury whether they be multi-millionaires or completely broke. I've never been seriously injured, but I've been hurt bad enough that I feel for anyone who's got a bad injury
That being said I do agree that Bynum general attitude and history give me doubts about his commitment to basketball, but that doesn't change the fact I feel bad that he obviously has significant cartilege issues.
I don't think he comes back at all this season. He'll take the season to get healthy and when his contract is up and he's fully healthy he'll sign with a contender for next season, at what price I don't know. I can only think of Isiah Thomas as a GM dumb enough to pay big time money for this guy given his injury history and his history of being a goon on the court... Good thing Isiah's not a GM anymore.
I think he cares about getting paid. I expect you are right that he will sit out this season and get fully healthy. Then, I expect he will sign a max 4-5 year deal with the highest bidder. And I doubt he will ever be worth it.
On Clippers broadcast yesterday they were talking about how Doug Collins said it's very likely he doesn't play at all this year. No one really won that blockbuster trade last August.
Am I the only one that thinks he may never play a game for the 76ers...ever
No you are not he doesn't even appear to have an interest in playing ...and Vulceviic is performing like what we needed from him in Orlando ...&$#%#&@! me off ... I love DC...but thinking what could have been if he would have let VC play more minutes...
Guys... He has a cartilage problem. His knee was in a weakened cartilage state where he couldn't do much of anything, besides rest it. I don't feel sorry for him, but what do you expect him to do? You have to be patient with this type of injury or else you're headed for micro. I can only imagine the strength he lost in his quads due to sitting out with this injury.
When healthy, there's no doubt he's the second best center in the NBA behind a when he's healthy Dwight Howard.
So the Sixers could have a frontcourt of Nik Vucevic, Andre Drummond, and Mo Harkless, but we traded away that possibility for Bynum. Who might have an injury, but they should of done more of a phychology analysis on him because he just doesn't seem to love the game of basketball.
And FYI it was rumored the Warriors offered the 7th pick for Iggy at which point they could of drafted Drummond and paired him with Nik Vucevic and Mo Harkless to form one potentially dangerous frontcourt all while Jrue and Turner handle the ball.