No date set for Bynum’s return to 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers continue to be cautious in projecting an on-court date for the return of Andrew Bynum, who has been out since mid-September because of a bone bruise in his right knee.
David W. Altchek of New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery and Bynum’s longtime personal doctor is the lead orthopedist for Bynum’s knee. In his original diagnosis, Altchek said Bynum should not play for four weeks to allow the knee to heal. Altcheck re-evaluated Bynum’s knee on October 22 and extended by an additional four weeks to November 19 the time for Bynum to refrain from playing.
Bynum had another MRI on Nov. 5, and Altcheck extended Andrew’s return date for a second time by an additional three weeks. Altchek, did however, indicate Bynum could immediately resume low impact exercise for a period of two weeks, to be followed by three weeks of conditioning on an anti-gravity treadmill. If Bynum’s knee responds during this five week regimen, he is expected to be able to resume normal basketball activity.
If the current prognosis holds unchanged, Bynum would be cleared to resume normal basketball activity by approximately Dec. 10. The team estimates that Bynum will need an additional 1-4 weeks thereafter for conditioning, training and practice before being able to resume game play with significant minutes.
“We know that Sixers fans are eager to see Andrew Bynum play and shine in a 76ers uniform,” said Tony DiLeo, the 76ers General Manager. “We also know that no one is more eager to see Andrew play for the Sixers than Andrew himself. He fully realizes the key contribution he can make to the team. Hopefully, that day is coming soon.”