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Andrew Bynum to go to Germany for knee procedure on reportedly healthy knees

Aug 13, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

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Andrew Bynum was involved in the huge NBA trade last week, getting shipped from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Philadelphia 76ers in a move that  also saw Dwight Howard and Andre Iguodala change teams, among others. Sixers fans seemed okay with the deal, but that might have changed when they read the latest report indicating that Bynum will head to Germany for a “knee procedure.”

The non-surgical procedure, essentially a version of platelet-rich plasma therapy, has been made famous by athletes such as former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill and Alex Rodriguez. They’ve all needed to go to Germany to get it, however, because it’s not yet being performed stateside.

The difference between them and Bynum, though, is that Bynum’s knees are apparently fine — he’s just going all the way to Germany for … well, John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer explains it’s just to keep his knees healthy.

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.

It’s certainly interesting that Bynum’s going to go all the way to Germany just to get this done if his knees are indeed as healthy as being reported, but if it helps him stay healthy longer than he would otherwise, it’s probably worth it.

  1. phx1311 - Aug 13, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    I don’t see the big deal !!!

  2. gmsalpha - Aug 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    This could really catch on. But I agree, it’s not a big deal. It’s no different than brushing your teeth. Why wait until you have a mouth full of rotten chicklets to see the dentist?

    Bynum is just taking precautionary measures, and if I were a Sixers fan, I’d be fine with this.

  3. patfic15 - Aug 13, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    One has a bad back, the other had a bad knee. Both cause bad headaches. Denver won this deal.

    • patfic15 - Aug 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      Thumbs down all you want. Lakers got a one dimensional center with a bad back who couldn’t hold Shaqs strap. Philly gets a three pt shooting, telling my coach what’s up immature big who has played one full season. Denver, on the other hand gets an underrated gold medal winning defensive minded, able to put up 20 all star. Stop thinking about jersey sales and open those eyes.

      • cosanostra71 - Aug 13, 2012 at 9:29 PM

        Dwight Howard is a 3x DPOY, Andrew Bynum is a 24 year old All-Star 7 footer. It has nothing to do with jersey sales.

      • eventhorizon04 - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

        “Lakers got a one dimensional center with a bad back who couldn’t hold Shaqs strap.”
        What’s wrong with being a really, really good defensive center?
        Tyson Chandler was the defensive MVP of the Mavericks team that beat the Heat.

        “Philly gets a three pt shooting, telling my coach what’s up immature big who has played one full season.”
        This is closer to the mark, but if Bynum stays healthy and develops as the team’s main star, he can be dominant.

        “Denver, on the other hand gets an underrated gold medal winning defensive minded, able to put up 20 all star.”
        Are you mentally slow or something? You describe Dwight Howard, an All-Star who won a gold medal in 2008 and scores 20+ a game, as “one dimensional” garbage.

        Then you describe Andre Iguodala as a gold-medal winning All-Star defender able to put up 20 points.

      • philadelphiafan - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM

        Bynum played in 60 of 66 games last season. Thats not a full season but its a considerable improvement considering dude missed almost 30 games last year and has had surgery on both his knees.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    He vacations over there every year, no big deal.

  5. ambitoos - Aug 13, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Bynum want’s to go to Germany and this is a great way to write the trip off of his taxes.

  6. money2long - Aug 13, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    how crazy and relieving would it be for lakers fans (God forbid) if they witness bynum go down with a huge injury? bet they feel they dodged a bullet or something.

    • money2long - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:08 AM

      i don’t get it, is this sentiment not accurate ?

      • money2long - Aug 14, 2012 at 7:24 AM

        as if*

  7. congocash - Aug 13, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Anyone else suprised that athletes outsource their medical surgeries? Our doctors can replace just about any human organ we have yet they havent figured out how to do a knee surgery yet? I dont buy it….

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM


      Doctors in the USA can do this procedure – there are some who do it now.

      The procedure was pioneered in Germany, so athletes who earn millions of dollars would rather go to those who have done the procedure the longest as opposed to the doctor who is within driving distance.

  8. phillyphan83 - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    are you kidding??? I first read he was doing this LAST YEAR!!! Great BREAKNG NEWS!! Way to be late to the party.

    • vader000 - Aug 14, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      Agreed, the LA Times reported this was going to happen four months ago. John Mitchell is the laziest beat reporter in the city, evidenced by regurgitating old stories and passing them off as him breaking news. Of course this blog went with it before you know… researching it.

      • Kurt Helin - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:48 AM

        We also reported this months ago when the news first came out, however it is relevant again after the trade.

    • icdogg - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      I think it was news primarily to Sixers fans who were not closely following the Andrew Bynum news before there was even a rumor about him being traded to the Sixers. Seems like an interesting and yet non-invasive procedure that a lot of people might be able to benefit from, especially those with arthritis.

      I don’t really understand exactly what they’re doing but it sounds like they remove some of the blood, throw it into some machine that does something to the blood, and put the blood back.

  9. proballerslounge - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:33 AM

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