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Bynum: Best-case scenario for return is month
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On December 10, 2012 @ 9:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
In an impromptu news conference before the Philadelphia 76ers played the Detroit Pistons Monday, injured Sixers center Andrew Bynum delivered optimism and pessimism in a two-sentence, 14-word statement regarding an upcoming visit with his doctor.
“Worst -case scenario, it’s another month. Best-case scenario, I can ramp it up,” Bynum told reporters.
Bynum, in his first season with the Sixers after the Lakers traded him in the Dwight Howard four-team deal, has not played a game for Philadelphia, sidelined with bothersome right and left knees that have required traditional and alternative treatments to spur healing.
Those treatments have included rest, rehabilitation, injections and a trip to Germany for Orthokine treatment, which uses using proteins from the patient’s blood as medication.
Bynum’s right knee was on its way toward feeling better when he aggravated his left knee bowling last month. With the bone bruise in his right knee healing and feeling better, the left knee remains in pain, causing another setback – frustrating for Bynum, the organization and Sixers fans.
Bynum, who has not been cleared for basketball activities, will see a doctor on Dec. 20 which will help determine bad news (out at least another month) or good news (preparing to play sooner rather than later).
“It’s not getting worse. It’s just continuous pain,” Bynum said. “I just think the bone bruise has to heal. It’s a mirror image of my right knee. My right knee took four months. I think we’re a little bit ahead of the curve.
“I really think I’ll be fine. If my left knee gets better, and feels like my right, I’ll be playing.”
The Sixers gave up a lot for Bynum – their first-round picks in 2011 (Nikola Vucevic) and 2012 (Maurice Harkless), a future first-round pick and swingman Andre Iguodala – and it’s possible Bynum may be with the Sixers for just this season.
Bynum can become a free agent after this season and sign with another team. If the Sixers want to keep Bynum, it could cost them close to $100 million over five seasons. It’s a significant risk for any team looking at the talented yet oft-injured big man.
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