by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Not too long ago, there was optimism about Andrew Bynum suiting up shortly following the NBA All-Star break. That has been replaced with growing uncertainty.

The Philadelphia Sixers’ center recently felt pain in his surgically-repaired left knee, and Bynum now sounds pessimistic about the possibility that he will make his season debut this month. Gulp.

Per the Philly Daily News:

“I started to do basketball work,” he said. “I think I worked out for 2 days on the court and then I had a lot of pain so we backed down a little bit (Monday). Probably get on the Alter G (anti gravity machine) tomorrow (Tuesday) and we’ll just progress as much as we can. I’m not sure (about debuting this month), it’s all going to depend on if we get a setback or not. Right now things are going well, I’m losing weight and I’m staying on the court as long as I can, so that’s good.”

“I’m not very optimistic,” Bynum admitted. “When I get on the court, that’s when I want to be ready. I’m trying as hard as I can. It would suck to play through pain but sometimes you have to. Not actually (going through) contact. I went through some drills with teammates and stuff but no contact.” Asked if this pain is worse than any he’s played through before, Bynum said: “Definitely, I think it’s just not ready yet.”

The only positive news out of Andrew Bynum’s mouth is that his weight is down to roughly 305 pounds (his goal is to get it down to between 285-295).

The shedding of pounds likely offers little-to-no comfort to increasingly worried and frustrated Sixers fans.