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Andrew Bynum could be out until around Christmas

Nov 12, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

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It’s a pattern that just feels all too familiar for him — the timetable for Andrew Bynum’s debut with the 76ers has been pushed back as he recovers from knee issues.

After a fresh MRI, the Philadelphia 76ers announced Monday that Bynum would not be cleared to be involved with “normal basketball activity” — what you and I call practice — until about December 10. If he can stick to that timetable, it would be at least another week or two (maybe more) before he is ready to enter a game.

So the Sixers could have Bynum back around Christmas

Bynum had gone to Germany this summer to have Orthokine treatment — the blood-spinning knee treatment that Kobe Bryant made famous (Bynum had that done previous years as well). He returned to Philadelphia with a bone bruise in his knee and he did not participate at the start of camp. He had an injection of a synthetic lubricant to help his knee. Then one day he went trough one drill at camp, said he felt “discomfort He has been shut down ever since.

The Sixers traded for Bynum this summer, part of the massive Dwight Howard trade. Philly gave up Andre Iguodala for the rare chance to get a young, All-Star, franchise anchor center.

After a strong preseason, the Sixers are 4-2 to start the season without Bynum.

Bynum is a free agent at the end of this season. The Sixers have wanted to re-signed him, but that negotiation is getting more interesting by the day.

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