Sixers Bynum Out Until January?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The next time you see Andrew Bynum in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform, you’ll probably be enjoying your Christmas gifts and breaking whatever New Year’s resolutions you’ve made.

That’s right, the Sixers big man has had his liftoff date for the 2012-13 season pushed back yet again, this time until January, according to a report released by the team this morning. This is not what anyone had in mind when the Sixers acquired Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers in that blockbuster Dwight Howard deal.

He was supposed to usher in Philly’s new era, at least temporarily (he is free agent at season’s end), as the new face of the franchise and the best big man in the Eastern Conference.

Instead, a bone bruise on his right knee has delayed his Sixers debut and will continue to do so, according to that report released by the team:

Andrew received a fresh MRI and was seen again by Dr. Altchek this past week on Monday, November 5.

At that evaluation, Dr. Altcheck extended Andrew’s return date for a second time by an additional three weeks. However, in what the Sixers believe is an optimistic sign, Dr. Altchek also indicated that Andrew could immediately resume low impact exercise. Low impact exercise for a period of two weeks is to be followed by three weeks of conditioning on an anti-gravity treadmill. The doctors and the team will be closely watching how Bynum’s knee responds during this five-week regimen. Upon successful completion, Bynum is expected to be able to resume normal basketball activity.

If the current prognosis holds unchanged, Bynum would be cleared to resume normal basketball activity by approximately December 10. In addition, the team estimates that Bynum in turn will need an additional 1-4 weeks thereafter for conditioning, training and practice before being able to resume game play with significant minutes.

Tony DiLeo, the 76ers General Manager said, “We know that Sixers fans are eager to see Andrew Bynum play and shine in a 76ers uniform. We also know that no one is more eager to see Andrew play for the Sixers than Andrew himself. He fully realizes the key contribution he can make to the team. Hopefully, that day is coming soon.”

Math wasn’t my strongest subject in college, but if Bynum has another five weeks of “low-impact exercise and conditioning” followed by another “one to four weeks of conditioning, training and practice” before he can play significant minutes, then he’s an afterthought for the Sixers until January, provided there aren’t any other setbacks during these next nine weeks.

The Sixers (4-2) have managed to survive without Bynum so far, a task that will no doubt get more difficult the deeper as the season goes on. But this is the risk they took when they decided to go after a big man with a checkered health history.


  1. Sadee says:

    With Dwight or Bynum Lakers are screwed now with a coach that can not win championship. i thought Mike Brown was bad but Mike D’antioni? Lakers are done and end of Kobe era.

  2. The Truth says:

    I don’t think the 76ers will make playoffs. The main thing you need on any team is defense and heart. This team has neither. This team will shoot you out of a game and its to many new pieces. No disrespect but the coach is good with younger guys and him having to deal with vets isn’t a good combo.

  3. KB24 says:

    Im glad Lakers ended up getting Dwight and let go of bynum or else it would be going a bit worse for the Lakers if bynum would have stayed with them.. sorry philly:)

  4. Aus hoops says:

    Now some people have said some silly things in these replies, but this is by far the worst thing I’ve ever read. How could Bynum not be an upgrade over Allen and Hawes? He could stand in the paint and be more useful, just by putting his arms above his head.

  5. Kenobi says:

    Is it me or is Bynum looking more and more like TOAD from super mario brothers? Must be the hair.

  6. Laker Fan says:

    Bahahaha Andrew Bynum …Sorry Philadelphia 76ers

    • MarkJ says:

      Now that is not nice. I as another Lakers Fan feel sorry for Andrew and the 76ers fans. We struggled with that for several years. He gets hurt easy and heals very slowly, it has always been thus and I suspect it will always be thus. He can be very a very frustrating player to have on your favorite team.

  7. W/E says:

    We all know what happens in the end every time with players like Bynum…fragile knees,continous injuries every year,teams are fed up they let them go to free agency or amnesty then another team signs em and we have the same old story once again…,its really sad for franchises and their fans to waste so much on injured prone players.

  8. deniska says:

    we can do much better with bynum off the court

  9. Pgulinp1 says:

    76ers have nice team, but they really really need healthy Bynum in playoff

  10. NY fan says:

    I hope Bynum plays in the playoffs so we can watch a good entertaining playoff series even though philly wont make it past the first round.

  11. rc says:

    he needs to retire. to many injuries hes never healthy. hes not going to last much longer in this league. what a shame the sky was the limit for him but he could never be healthy. the sixers should draft a new big man #1 overall in the 2013 draft.

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  13. Bobby the kid says:

    I think getting Bynum back asap is key to they success of the sixers. We sixers fans are tired of being a minimal playoff team. By acquiring Bynum we want to go to the next level and become a legit contender! Big B! cant wait to have you back big fella!

  14. dattebayo says:

    I still can’t get over the fact that the Lakers had so much luck again. They promoted Andrew in his only healthy season to no end even using L.A. legends like Shaq, Worthy and Magic going on the record claiming Bynum is the best Center in the game and he has so much potential and this and that. He gets voted into the Allstar team by the fans and for the first time has solid value on the market. In the offseason they use the Orlando dilemma and pull off another lopsided trade, giving up an injury prone immature center for the most athletic big man in the game who happens to be a 3 time DPOTY and multiple allstar. After the trade everyone who was saying Andrew is a better player than Howard either stays silent, criticizes Bynum or goes nuts because Howard increases the Lakers title chances exponentially even though Bynum is supposed to be the better player. I think Bynum is just like Oden, lots of potential and zero worth in terms of contending for a title.

    • kb24 says:

      I liked everything you said except this: “I think Bynum is just like Oden, lots of potential and zero worth in terms of contending for a title.” Bynum has 2 titles which without him the Lakers would not have won. Bynum is legit but for his darn injuries and lackadaisacal attitude.

      • dattebayo says:

        Come on, Fisher and Odom had bigger roles in those two playoff runs. But OK, Bynum is a great player when healthy, there is no denying that and I am not disputing that. Right now, he can’t play though. The 76ers expect him to be their best player, main guy, first option on offense, defensive anker. It’s not like they want him to be a Mike Miller, only able to play limited valuable minutes in the Finals. If Bynum can’t play, the 76ers don’t contend. All they can do is hope and wait and if Bynum can’t get back healthy they will wait in vain, just like Portland did for Oden.

  15. jty7271 says:

    Health has always been the big question with him.

  16. me says:

    You are giving false info..they did not even state a date for his return they said he will start getting back in shape Dec 10 and could need 1 to 4 weeks to do make it sound bad if he does return in Jan were actually happy cause we need him more so in the playoffs.