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Andrew Bynum did not practice Wednesday, still has knee “discomfort”

Oct 24, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

Andrew Bynum AP

UPDATE 1:36 pm: Once again, things did not go according to schedule on Andrew Bynum‘s knee. I don’t want to say you should get used to that, Sixers fans, but… well, just ask some Lakers fans about it.

Bynum did not practice with the Sixers and was held out due to knee “discomfort” tweets Sixers beat writer Tom Moore. Bynum did a drill, felt discomfort and was pulled at that point, according to Moore. The Sixers, as they have been (and should be) through this entire process are being very cautious. They have put their chips in with Bynum and can survive just fine if he misses some games to start the season. He is not going to play until he feels 100 percent.

Bynum said this:

He can say that, but the opener is a week away and if he hasn’t practiced with the team… exactly. Let’s be kind and say it’s not likely.

11:43 am: Andrew Bynum should be on the court with the Sixers Wednesday.

After missing most of the preseason with a bone bruise — and because the Sixers were being cautious following his German blood spinning treatment for his knee this summer — Bynum has sat out. On Monday he was scheduled to get an injection of a synthetic lubricant into his arthritic knee.

But Wednesday he is supposed to be practicing with Philadelphia.

So how soon is he going to be ready to play for the Sixers? The season opener next Wednesday? Good questions. Doug Collins was intentionally vague speaking with

“A lot of that is going to be how he responds to increased activity,” Collins said when asked if Bynum would be ready for the opener. “I know how important the home opener is, but we’re not going to do anything silly and have another setback where it costs you and now you have to miss those kinds of games.”

There are no more exhibition games for the team.

There’s a buzz in Philly around the team, and when the 76ers went 6-1 in the preseason without Bynum it seemed to amplify it. The 76ers got out and ran this preseason and opponents couldn’t adapt. That pace could carry over to the regular season, even with Bynum on the floor, and with the Sixers athletes they should run more. They would be tough to stop.

But the 6-1 record is utterly meaningless. Because the results of preseason games are meaningless and not a reliable predictor of the regular season at all.

What matters is how Philadelphia looks against Denver on Halloween night. How they play against a Nuggets team that would be more than happy to pick up the pace and run with them. Philly could really use Bynum for that game.

  1. thesportsguru7 - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    82 games left in the regular season…Take your time big fella, get healthy so you can stay healthy.

  2. pacific123ocean - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Who plays more games this season…Andrew Bynum or Dwight Howard?

    • dls612 - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      As a NBA FAN! I’m hoping they both stay healthy! I definitely want to see them go at it after all that has taken place the summer!

  3. philadelphiafan - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Sixers looked just fine in every preseason game without Bynum. Hell, Holiday, Turner, and Wright sat out Monday against the Knicks and the Sixers still won, and were up by 20 at one point, against a Knicks team playing all their starters (minus amare). Sixer’s have the opportunity to go from one of the worst shooting teams in the league last year (probably worst team ever to make the playoffs shooting-wise) to one of the best shooting teams in the league this year. Smart move sticking Thad Young into the starting lineup finally. Dude straight balled out in the preseason.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    This is his contract year, so he better start playing with a little pain or he won’t be getting that max deal he’s looking for. Oh wait, we’re talking about NBA owners here? Some idiot will definitely give him a max deal even if he doesn’t play a game this year.

    • bougin89 - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      You are right, GIANT red flags or not, some owner will definitely give Bynum a max deal. Even if he had to roll up in a wheelchair to sign his contract, he’d be signing a max deal.

      Flipside for the sake of conversation: their have been plenty of turds and worse players to get max deals than Bynum so by NBA Owner/GM standards(which are pretty low) Bynum probably deserves a max contract.

  5. controlledchaos123 - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Opening night between the Sixers and the Nuggets is gonna be a track meet.

  6. circuscivics - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    looks like the 6ers bought a lemon. Lemon laws should apply to NBA contracts. smh

  7. ambitoos - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    This has been an ongoing thing with Bynum. Good luck Philly.

  8. phillyoldhead - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Even if Bynum does not play, it was worth it to trade Igoudala. I like this team as it has been set up. Plus they have a ton of money to work with next year. I’m looking for good things from “Your Philadelphia Seventy Sixersssssss!”

  9. luvsheat - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    I am a LIFELONG Laker fan…I have NEVER seen a more sissified player than bynum…SOOO glad he’s gone

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