Bynum Out 3 Weeks With Bone Bruise

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Andrew Bynum‘s first training camp with the Philadelphia 76ers will get a late start. In fact, Bynum will miss 21 straight days of basketball activity due to a bone bruise in his right knee. He had a surgical procedure performed on both knees in Germany during the offseason.

The Sixers announced Monday that he would be allowed to continue “low-impact conditioning drills.” Bynum had injections of plasma-rich platelets that supposedly stimulate healing in arthritis-affected areas in both of his knees. The Sixers said last week he was cleared to play in camp.

Bynum went to Germany for the same Orkothine therapy procedure that former teammate Kobe Bryant had done before last season. He’s had issues with both of his knees in the past. He dislocated his left knee cap in 2007-08 and had arthroscopic surgery after the regular season ended. He also has surgery on his right knee after the 2009-10 season.

The Skinny: Whatever time Bynum misses in training camp will be well worth it to ensure that the Sixers get a full 82 games, or as close to it as possible, out of a player set to become a restricted free agent at season’s end. The prized big man acquired in that blockbuster, four-team deals that also sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets, will still be around his new teammates during camp and whatever chemistry they forge then should be sufficient. But this latest injury issue does raise a bit of a red flag for skeptics who wonder whether Bynum is ready for his role as the face of a franchise.

30 Comments

  1. Sharp Shooter says:

    Bynum will mesh well in Philly as the young guards are unselfish and will not mind deferring to the hot big. As a squad they will need to shoot better to take advantage of teams doubling the big fella.

    Howard and Nash on any team would make the play-offs. As a squad they will need to find ways to make Howard a scoring force. Gasol and Bryant also need to feed the beast to bring back the hardware to LA.

  2. Isaac says:

    lol Funny to see all the haters saying DH has a bad back and everything when it looks like to me he is already practicing with the team and he expects to play not only the first game of the reagular season but 2-3 of the last pre-season games. Let’s compare you have Drew who is 2 years younger and has missed I don’t know how many games due to injuries too many to count and Dwight who doesn’t miss any games and had only his first injury. Haters gonna hate but whatever happends at the end of the season is what all really matters.

  3. Ronald Mitch says:

    The 6ers will come out on top keeping Bynum out of those worthless games. What does it prove? When the season starts Bynum will be in the starting lineup for the 6ers. People who love the Lakers should stay away from the negative comments because Dwight Howard has not proven he’s going to carry the Lakers on his back yet!

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  5. Amused says:

    No matter how healthy or unhealthy Andrew Bynum is, it won’t make much of a difference. The Heat, Celtics, Pacers, Knicks, and possibly even the Nets and/or Hawks are still in their way. The jury is still out on the Bulls until Rose returns and gets back up to speed. The Sixers will be a good team, probably still a playoff team, but most likely a lower-rung playoff team still a long way from the Eastern Conference Finals.

  6. miamifan says:

    he will be at philly for a year at most! He is supposed to trade to miami next year apparently with a trade for mike miller, lewis and cole. new miami starting lineup 2013:

    bosh
    wade
    lebron
    bynum
    chalmers

    not bad!! champs for sure!

    • ummm no... says:

      It’s nice to dream isn’t it.

    • Mytownla says:

      Its one thing to be a heat cheerleader, but bro…. Be realistic and not dumb if possible. You heat cheerleaders must REALLY be afraid for the upcoming season with all of your fantasy proposed trades smh stfu and pay attention to salary cap space and whats available, idiot

      • lbj=mvp says:

        I have heard the same. with the dropping of these three contracts and an agreed 5.25% salary reduction in the other players contracts Bynum will be in miami in 2013. They are also looking at rondo. Imagine that:

        wade
        bosh
        lebron
        bynum
        rondo

    • Ronald Mitch says:

      The Lakers biggest nightmare Bynum signing with Miami!

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  10. Flying Raijin_41 says:

    sad to see bynum with another injury for the sixers..hoping he will be good for the coming season..I would like to see what will bynum do to the lakers when they clash….happy for bynum now that he is standing by him as the main man for the sixers not like dwight howard with his humor and funny stuff, taking his superman role to lakerland for what?

  11. Flying Raijin_41 says:

    sad to see bynum with another injury for the sixers..hoping he will be good for the coming season..I would like to see what will bynum do to the lakers when they clash….happy for bynum now that he is standing by him as the main man for the sixers not like dwight howard with his humorand funny stuff taking his superman role to lakerland for what?

  12. Flying Raijin_41 says:

    sad to see bynum with another injury for the sixers..hoping he will good for the coming season..I would like to see what will bynum do to the lakers when they clash….

    • ummm no... says:

      Bynum would do nothing to the Lakers. Then, when the Lakers were up big, he’d quit running on D and shove Steve Nash in mid-air out of frustration.

  13. W/E says:

    seems like Bynum has no future really cause of his bad knees,howard with a bad back for life…so i guess chandler gets the title of the best center in the league right now

    • ummm no... says:

      How do you know Howards back is injured for life? Are you a surgeon? If so are you DH’s surgeon? Do you know anything about backs at all? If not, please stfu.

  14. Dave says:

    kneecap dislocations are a brutal injury. The restraining ligaments around the kneecap can get weakened / torn, and arthritic change can accelerate because of the imbalance that develops. Sometimes there is some underlying anatomical problem that predisposes a person to this problem.

    I know, I was really athletic until some bonehead knocked my kneecap out of place. I don’t buy the Orkothine procedure can really work. He should at least consider MPFL reconstruction to restore the restraint in his knee. Its a newer procedure that not too many Doctors really know how to do. I had it done, and my kneecap is finally stable.

    nothing to gain by posting this, just a fan who knows what this injury is like and I hate to see talent go to waste.

  15. QuestionMark says:

    Well looks like the Nuggets benfitted the most out of this trade, they get Igoudala, while the Sixers get an injury-prone Bynum and the Lakers get Howard who is already injured.

    • ummm no... says:

      Wow, did you really just say that? Dwight seems to be progressing well, and if he’s even 90% of what he used to be it’ll be a steal, if he re-signs that is. Maybe right now, during training camp you can say Denver got the best deal, but I doubt at seasons end anyone will be saying that.

  16. Andrew Bynum: Gets traded to philly…
    Philly says he is the future of the team…
    Gets injured before the preseason even started…

  17. Califan says:

    Laker trolls will be all over this one.

    • Mytownla says:

      I dnt get it with this whole “troll” thing like…. U cant come up with a better diss? U sound dumb jus saying that

    • ummm no... says:

      Lakers fans don’t have to prove anything to anyone. The Lakers gambled on DH the same way Philly gambled on Bynum. There’s a great chance that both team will win big, and also a chance that both teams will lose big. Only time will tell.