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Bynum sidelined three weeks with bone bruise in knee

Oct 1, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Reuters

Andrew Bynum just got back from Germany, where he had the Orthokine therapy — you know it better as the Kobe treatment — on his knee. Something he has had done before, and last season he played a full season on those troublesome knees.

This time the procedure left him with a small bone bruise, so the Sixers have decided to play it safe and sit Bynum for the first three weeks of training camp, the team announced on Monday as they came in for media day. From the Sixers:

Bynum was examined by Dr. Jack McPhilemy of Main Line Health and was diagnosed with a bone bruise of the medial femoral chondyle of his right knee. During the aforementioned time frame, Bynum will continue participate in low impact conditioning drills.

The three week timeline means Bynum would play in at least on preseason game (their final one is against the Knicks Oct. 22), and he would certainly be ready for the Oct. 31 season opener against the Denver Nuggets (with Andre Iguodala).

This is the smart play for Philly — Bynum is your franchise guy, you don’t push him to play in meaningless preseason games when you need him for the long haul. Be cautious, you don’t want something that lingers or becomes chronic.

To provide some depth for training camp, the Sixers also signed veteran center Mikki Moore.

  1. money2long - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    i remember making a commment here to lakers fans about how if (God forbid) bynbum suffered an injury, that laker nation would feel they dodged a bullet because th eman was traded. in no way was it a shot at bynum, but he honest truth. and right now, i cant seem to shake the “phew, glad this injury isn’t my concern right now” .. sad for the philly faithful however, and i jus want to see bynum carry a team, as i feel he needs it and has earned it through his improvements over the years.

    • b7p19 - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      It’s just a bruise…

      • zerole00 - Oct 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        That’s far, but you have to consider that Bynum has a history of injuries and he’s only 24. It’s hard to be optimistic.

    • tcclark - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      this was a preventative procedure that was meant to make him more healthy. According to ESPN he is sitting out to “maximize the effect of the procedure.” you’ve got a guy with a bad lower back and your feeling like you dodged a bullet because you traded away a guy who got a procedure to prevent further injury…. that seems backward.

      • tsi431 - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:33 AM

        At least the Lakers’ guy is at training camp and practicing and participating.

      • tcclark - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        Bynum would be just fine playing and participating. It’s a bruise. But the team is holding him out to ensure that the procedure works to the best of it’s abilities. Why risk ruining a preventative procedure.

  2. zerole00 - Oct 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    fair*

  3. deenice810 - Oct 1, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Sounds like a good idea to let heal totally as long as he’s ready for the season opener.

  4. claymatthewshairplugs - Oct 1, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Andrew Bynum + Knees + minor injury = Story Lakers had to deal with for years.

    Him and his creaky knees and maturity is Philly’s problem now.

  5. paulhargis53 - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the center the Lakers traded for has back issues.

    Let’s see how you feel when he doesnt play all that much , or, is ineffective.

    Id take a bruised knee over a bad back any day.

  6. cosanostra71 - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    good luck to Bynum. I hope he does well… when he’s not playing the Lakers of course!

  7. papichulo55 - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Look on the bright side. There are teams in the League that doesnt have a legitimate ‘key player’. Now, Philly can join the ranks of all the other ‘good’ teams, whose fortunes are tied to the health of their star.

  8. tonystrong - Oct 1, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Better now then in April. Although it has to concern Sixer fans that the man hasn’t even started training camp and he’s already having injury problems. He’s had them his whole career and hopefully this is minor but the fact is, all of these injuries add up and take their toll on a player of his size. I like Bynum but it’s going to stink for Sixer fans having to worry about this guy every time he goes down on a charge or block in the paint!

    • therealhtj - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      Sixer fans – you have no need to worry about Bynum taking any charges.

      • manchestermiracle - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        At least not when he doesn’t have his forearms up and ready. Ask Barea…

  9. praxisprism - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Would not be surprised if the 76ers missed the playoffs. This trade was not that good for them. He will leave after the season’s end.

  10. zacksdad - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Have the procedure done close to the start of the season. Sounds like Shaq was the doctor. Got hurt on the job, get fixed on the job, summer is vacation time. I think Bynum went on vacation right after the Lakers were out of the playoffs.

  11. mungman69 - Oct 2, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    Wait and see.

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