HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — Yesterday, we wondered just how healthy Dwight Howard is. Now, we have to wonder the same about Andrew Bynum.
Bynum, of course, has had issues with both of his knees over the course of his seven-year career. He played 72 of a possible 78 games last season, but now we learn that he needs some maintenance on at least one of those knees.
John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Bynum will be heading to Germany next month to undergo the Regenokine treatment made famous by Bynum’s former teammate, Kobe Bryant…
It is unknown whether the procedure will be performed on the one knee or both. According to the source, Bynum’s knees are fine and the procedure is non- surgical.
The procedure, known as Orthokine/Regenokine, will be performed by Dr. Peter Wehling. Bryant initially underwent the procedure to prevent the inevitable wearing down of his knee cartilage. The procedure is a derivation of platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP. The procedure, which is not yet performed in the United States, is less invasive than many, if not all, other forms of knee surgeries presently used.
According to the source, Bynum is not feeling any pain in his knees. However, the center wants to explore any options that will help to prolong the healthy status of his knees. According to the source, Bynum was so impressed with the results that Bryant experienced last season that he agreed that exploring the procedure was a viable option.
Whether Bynum is healthy or not, the Sixers took a risk by trading an All-Star and two prospects for a guy who can leave as a free agent next summer. This procedure doesn’t seem to be a major worry whatsoever, but Bynum’s injury history — he’s played in all 82 regular-season games only once in his career — can never be completely ignored.