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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  19 responses

Andrew Bynum in Danger of Missing the Entire Season?


The success of the Philadelphia Sixers rests on the shaky knees of center Andrew Bynum, who keeps hitting roadblocks in his recovery from surgery. In a highly speculative piece, the Courier-Post interviews a doctor who claims that Bynum could end up not suiting up at all this season: “The Sixers sent out a press release on Monday, Nov. 12, two days after Bynum went bowling, saying that an MRI of his right knee was performed on Nov. 5, that he was expected to return to practice by about Dec. 10, and that he would then need one to four weeks of conditioning before appearing in a game. Bynum spoke to reporters that same day, and did not mention the injured left knee. Bynum then revisited his longtime orthopedist, Dr. David W. Altchek of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, for an MRI on his left knee later in the week, and then spoke publicly about the setback on Friday. He said he was diagnosed with a ‘mirror issue’ in his left knee, or a bone bruise identical to the one in his right knee. For the first time, he also mentioned that he had been diagnosed with weakened cartilage in both knees. Bynum revisited the issue Sunday, before the Sixers played the Cleveland Cavaliers. [...] A prominent, highly respected orthopedic surgeon who is not involved in Bynum’s treatment and has not seen his MRIs, told The News Journal that Bynum has likely been diagnosed with osteochondral lesions. The condition may heal on its own, but will likely keep Bynum from practicing until March or April, at the earliest. If it doesn’t heal, Bynum will require surgery that could sideline him for up to a year. He should find out if he needs surgery by as early as December, the surgeon said. In a brief one-on-one interview Sunday, Bynum denied that Altchek had even mentioned lesions as a potential issue. Altchek did not respond to a request for comment.”

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  • Poop Cash

    Hahaha, Bynum sucks. What a waste, Phila.

  • roscoe

    check that Poop Cash… bynum does not suck at the game.

  • biggieman

    And the Lakers come out on top again…. Bynum is still immature and seems like he will never reach his full potential. Seriously? Your going to go bowling while recovering from knee surgery? He obviously doesn’t care about the investment his team made in him… I feel bad for Philly. Might as well strap some skis on too and hit the slopes, it’s not like he should be worried about keeping his knee safe.

  • JML-G

    Bynum been overrated plus he doesnt seem to care bout much – not even talking bout just trying to get back to playing sooner, but also his looks (haircut to be exact).. and the lamest part is that im sure somebody gonna give this guy a max deal in summer regardless if he misses whole season or not.

  • spit hot fiyah

    don’t give him the max for five years

  • ALD

    damn you sound hurt….

  • isiahone1

    Waste of talent. Sucks for Philly

  • Takashi

    If Philly has finishes with a bad record, Miami can end up with a 1-10 draft pick next year (they traded for Philly’s pick)

  • Mack

    Lol who woulda thought Bowling could have an impact on your knees like that…. Honestly it’s dumb that he was attempting anything other than recovering his injuries (therefore resting and such) but at the same time it’s extremely unlikely this kinda thing even happened. Still, tough break for Philly fans; They’re gonna be playing undersized ball all season.

  • dcom23

    top 14 protected 2013 and 2014

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.gumpert Richard Gumpert

    Just hope all turns out well for my Sixers. The are a talented team, trying to win the right way. Unfortunately they cannot attract 3-4 all-stars like the Knicks, Heat, Lakers or Celts oi old.The 76ers win with stingy defense, high tempo fastbreaks, and efficient team ball. Essentially, the 76ers are doing it the right way. At this point, we should have built up enough karma to at least catch a break. I mean come on

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    smh, I don’t even understand how bowling could’ve busted his knee further. Unless the ball smashed his knee on his wind up which deserves yet another smh.

  • Slick Ric

    SMMFH

  • OTB

    People need to give Kupchak more credit…he traded away LO right before he turned into a disaster (it was a questionable move at the time), and flipped Andrew “one great year out of 6″ to Philly. He also got rid of the corpse of Derek Fisher and landed Nash.

  • bike

    Writing is on the wall. Three years from now, Andrew will be working a seedy strip club as a DJ engaged to a tatooed skank who dances with a small tear in her fishnet stocking.

  • Jones wit da dagger

    I cant stand this guy and Im so sick of hearing about him. We dont care! Hes a bum and a pathetic role model and example. Thank God they got rid of him in LA but I feel so bad for Philly. Is this guy really who you want as the face of your franchise? Wake up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Well like he said…he’d been doing hardcore physical therapy…who would have thought bowling would be a problem

  • danpowers

    i think the harsh criticism on him aint right. the guy has been working hard during the years and he doesnt get hurt on purpose. i think he is more disappointed and upset about his struggles than anyone of us. well maybe not more than me coz i got him on my fantasy team… f*ck you andrew!!! lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    hurt? i’m not a sixers or bynum fan really. just trying to be rational. is bynum going to bring u championship? will he even play half the games of his 5 year deal? giving him 80 mill might not be the best thing to do just because the center possition sucks in todays nba.

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