Andrew Bynum Says He’s on Schedule to Return

by September 05, 2013

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

New Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum has been working out diligently with the team’s staff and trainers, and he feels good about his progress thus far.

Neither Bynum nor the Cavs will provide a timetable for his return to the court, but the big fella says the rehab for his troublesome knees has “all been green”, and that he hasn’t experienced any setbacks.

Per the Plain Dealer:

“I moved here a week after the press conference (to announce his signing), I’ve been here ever since — day in and day out just working,” he said, referring to the team’s practice facility. “I’m there, focused. I’m doing everything I can do to get back. That’s what all this is all about for me right now. I just want to play.”

Both sides entered the deal with their eyes wide open, but General Manager Chris Grant says Bynum has done everything the team’s doctors and athletic training staff asked. “We’ve been very impressed with Andrew’s work ethic and diligence in this process,” Grant said. “He’s doing everything possible to get back on the court as quickly as he can.” Notice that Grant did not put a date on Bynum’s return. While the team thinks it would be great if he was ready for the start of training camp on Oct. 1, if he doesn’t hit that exact date, it doesn’t mean he’s behind schedule. “It’s a fluid process,” Bynum said. “I have no idea what the schedule’s going to be for me. But I’m doing everything I can to be ready. I think with the program that has been made up, we have a good chance. I’m optimistic I’m where I should be. Obviously, I want to be playing. But I’m taking baby steps, doing what the team and the doctors tell me. I’m doing my part. I come to work every day. I’m moving in the right direction.”

After missing all of last season as a member of the Philadelphia Sixers, Bynum signed an incentive-heavy two-year deal worth $24 million, and arrived in Cleveland with great optimism.

The 25-year old center is working out six times a week at the Cavs’ practice facility, but has yet to be cleared for full-court basketball activities.