Andrew Bynum doesn't think it's a big deal, but let's put it this way: He began the week with one bone bruise. Now he has two.
Friday, Bynum said he has a bone bruise on his left knee, too, giving the 76ers' 7-footer a pair of bad knees.
Here's the transcript from his presser Friday:
“Had a little bit of a setback
just working through some issues with the right knee. Had a mirror thing going
on with my left knee, so I don’t know what’s going on. We’ve got doctors pretty
much saying ‘a weakened cartilage state’ and I’m kind of waiting, I guess. They’re
not giving me anything real definite. I just have to wait for the cartilage to
get stronger. That’s pretty much what’s going on.”
So it’s in the left knee?
“Same exact spot, same exact
How did it happen?
“Just routine things. It just
swelled up. No blunt-force injury or anything.”
Timetable for it?
“They haven’t timetabled it,
no. Still same timetable.”
What can you do in the
“Just swimming, elliptical,
So swelling in both knees?
“Swelling is in both knees,
but we’ve got it under control. It’s not real big. Just from the same spot,
same cartilage, bone bruise on both sides.”
How’s the pain level?
“It’s relatively low in daily
activities. The higher impact I do, the higher (pain) it is.”
Have you dealt with something
like this before?
“Actually, this is a weird
issue. I’ve never had cartilage issues. I’ve had meniscus (issues) before, but
that doesn’t hurt. That’s fine. We don’t know what’s going on.”
Do you know more on how it
“It’s just from running and
playing basketball, really. There’s no mechanism or anything. I didn’t twist my
When did it happen?
“A couple days ago, I think,
and I’m telling you now.”
So it’s the same timeline?
What’s your sense with this?
“It’s frustrating, man. And
this is an issue that’s just going to take time to resolve. There’s no
procedure or anything that can be done. It’s just time.”
Will it keep you from rehab?
“I’m able to continue. It’s
not degrading the cartilage as far as I know. It’s just what’s going on in my
knees. I still have to stay in shape and maintain my weight. Maybe I’ll get off
the elliptical, but I’ll definitely stay in the pool.”
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