Bynum says knee injections didn’t work
by Jason Wolf, USA TODAY Sports
PHILADELPHIA — Andrew Bynum said he’s planning to return to Los Angeles for the All-Star break and thinks he can make his 76ers debut sometime this month, although there is still no official timetable for him to join his teammates in practice or appear in a game.
“The only reason I wouldn’t play [in February] would probably be a bone bruise or something like that,” Bynum said.
But the rest of his update didn’t sound so optimistic.
The 7-foot, 300-pound Bynum visited his longtime orthopedist, Dr. David Altchek, in New York on Thursday to receive Synvisc lubricating injections in his ailing knees. On Monday, Bynum said that while his right knee feels “phenomenal,” he still has pain and broken cartilage in his left knee and that the injections “didn’t help that much, to be honest.”
“It was an attempt at kind of trying to just ease the pain, but it hasn’t really changed,” Bynum said.
He is expected to resume his rehabilitation today.
Bone bruises and damaged cartilage in his knees have prevented the one-time All-Star center from practicing or playing in a game since the Sixers acquired him from the Lakers in a four-team trade in August. He is an unrestricted free agent after the season.
“It’s just in there,” Bynum said about a piece of broken cartilage in his left knee, which is preventing the joint from moving smoothly. “We’re trying to grind it up without creating a bone bruise. There’s a fine line. Yeah, it catches. It used to catch in my right knee, but it broke off and grinded up, so I don’t feel anything in my right knee. So we just hope this one does the same.”
Bynum said his knees are supporting 75 percent to 80 percent of his body weight when he runs on an anti-gravity treadmill. His workouts are lasting upwards of three hours at a time and also feature work on an elliptical machine, weight training on his upper and lower body and “one-on-zero” basketball drills, which include shooting from largely stationary positions. Bynum said he still experiences pain in his left knee when jumping, moving laterally and squatting.