PHILADELPHIA – Andrew Bynum’s debut with the 76ers has
been pushed back yet again, but at least there’s more clarity regarding his
injury this time around.
The Sixers released a statement Monday following a
morning shootaround, saying the All-Star center underwent an MRI on his afflicted
right knee Nov. 5, after which Bynum’s doctor David Altchek extended Bynum’s
return date by an additional three weeks. If everything holds true, Bynum is
expected to resume basketball activities by Dec. 10. From there, it’d be an
additional one to four weeks before Bynum – who has a bone bruise – could
resume game play in “significant minutes.”
That timetable would put Bynum’s debut with the Sixers at
somewhere between mid-December and early January.
Bynum, after his latest appointment with Altchek, was
cleared for a regimen of low-impact exercise of two weeks, followed by three
weeks of training and conditioning on an antigravity treadmill.
“We know that Sixers fans are eager to see Andrew Bynum
play and shine in a 76ers uniform,” Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo said in a
statement. “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."
Bynum is expected to address reporters Monday night,
prior to the Sixers’ game against visiting Milwaukee.
A two-time NBA champion, who averaged 18.7 points and
11.8 rebounds a year ago with the Los Angeles Lakers, has yet to practice with
the Sixers, who acquired him in a four-team trade in August.
Second-year center Lavoy Allen, who’s been starting in
the spot Bynum will assume upon return, said he keeps close tabs on Bynum’s
"Because he's my teammate,” Allen said. “I wonder
about his condition. No matter when he comes back, I'm still trying to help my
team win games."
Jason Richardson, who will start tonight after missing
three games with a left ankle sprain, understands it might be a while before
Bynum gets back.
“We definitely want him out there, but we know it’s going
to take him some time,” said Richardson. “As a team, we really want him out
there. But at the same time, we have to keep moving forward with what we’ve
“It’s going to be arms all open and hugs and stuff when
he gets back. And when he gets back, we’re going to be that much better a team.”
Bynum is making $16.4 million in the final year of his contract.
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