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Report: Sixers think Bynum’s knee setback due to bowling

Nov 18, 2012, 12:44 AM EDT

Andrew Bynum AP

There is no denying Andrew Bynum’s talent, no denying how good he can be on the court when focused. He’s an All-Star for a reason.

But the Lakers were willing to consider trading him in part because they had concerns about his maturity and about that focus.

Which brings us to this report from Brian Windhorst of ESPN — that Bynum’s admitted setback with his knee rehab happened while he was bowling.

Multiple sources told ESPN on Saturday that Bynum suffered an unspecified injury this month while bowling. On Friday, Bynum revealed that — on top of the issues with his right knee that could keep him sidelined until January — he also had suffered a “setback” with his left knee.

We should be clear that bowling is not something prohibited by NBA contracts (while things considered risky, like skydiving, are). That said, doing it when you have knee trouble seems a poor decision. There is no timetable for Bynum’s return, but the former predictions of around Christmas now seem optimistic.

Bynum, like a lot of young people, can think about himself first. He’s far more professional than he was when he entered the league, but the Lakers rightfully saw Dwight Howard as a center more committed to his game than Bynum can be. Bynum seems not to think things through.

Bynum took a risk bowling and the team is paying the price.

  1. walker615 - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Lol. That’s all I have to say to that.

    Any team stupid enough to trade for a moron like this guy deserves whatever comes to them.

  2. norvturnersneck - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Took a risk bowling? Like I take a risk taking a dump in Florida with snakes in the pipes.

    • badintent - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:01 AM

      Watch out for those snakehead fish in the bowl too. they can jump out of water and attack as a snake does. !!

  3. dondada10 - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Man, this guy is brittle.

  4. eventhorizon04 - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    No offense, but to me, the issue isn’t that he went bowling.

    My 65 year old dad with bad knees goes bowling.

    The issue is that this athlete’s knees are so brittle that BOWLING presents a serious risk to his knees.

    I’m not a fan of Bynum, but the issue isn’t “lack of focus leading to a bad decision to try bowling.” The issue is this guy’s knees were in such bad shape that a hobby millions of not-so-athletic Americans regularly pursue is “rigorous enough” to damage his knees.

    There was no way this guy was ready to play NBA basketball if casual bowling was too “physically demanding” for his body to take.

    • eventhorizon04 - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      …Sorry for the repetition in my comment.
      I just don’t know how anybody could think bowling represented an unreasonable/”immature” risk for a NBA center to take, given that his job description involves fighting for position and rebounds against 250-300 lbs athletes.

      If he was at the point where bowling could threaten his health, he was nowhere near ready to play basketball.

      • abchome - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:37 AM

        Because he’s injured at the moment.

    • justwannawinna - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:07 AM

      Theres a difference between bad knees and a recovery from knee surgery being pushed back due to physical activity. Hes gonna re aggravate that knee and need a longer knee recovery. And i dont know bit the sixers arent terrible without him, they just need him for the playoffs.

  5. magicbucs - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Look at his knees when he stands or walks. He is knocked kneed and they have to support his height and weight while playing sports. its only natural he is going to have knee issues. Why scouts didn’t see that I don’t know. The sixers robbed themselves. Thanks for moe harkless. He is going to be a star in the next couple years.

    • biasedhomer - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      I do not see what you are seeing from Harkless, he could become a nice 6th man. Vuc on the other hand looks like he may become a solid starter.

  6. rajbais - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Non-basketball injury!!!

    Take that $$$$$$!!!!

    Hey, it’s CBA-Legal!!!

  7. dgforreal - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    I’ve clipped my knee with a bowling ball once or twice. I could see this potentially being a risk. Definitely doesn’t help.

    • dgforreal - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:34 AM

      Based on reading this stuff I’m going to upgrade my comment to “He shouldn’t have been bowling”.

      “When we walk, we put weight through our bones and joints and the body has to absorb these pressures so that we don’t crack up.

      However with bowling, the landing leg may have to absorb forces up to 10 times the weight of the body.”

      ^That doesn’t sound like something you’d want a guy with knee issues to do. Wasn’t he using some sort of weightless treadmill or something to run because he couldn’t put full weight on his knees?

  8. xmatt0926x - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Even if bowling should have no effect on his current knee issues, shouldn’t he refrain from doing any athletic activity just out of respect for the team that’s paying him while he can’t even practice? It’s like missing a game because of the flu. Maybe going out with your boys that night won’t make you any sicker, but maybe you should just stay in that night out of respect for the team who’s game you just missed. It just seems to be a matter of common sense and maturity.

  9. freethesportsman - Nov 18, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    You get no RUUUSH from bowling!

  10. chris728 - Nov 18, 2012 at 5:46 AM

    bynum=Matt Geiger #2…soft, lazy prima donna….quintessential modern day NBA ‘.player’

  11. rocirius - Nov 18, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Possible scenario: he never plays for Philly this season, then still gets a max deal with them or another hapless franchise and plays a handful of games before finishing his career like Oden has.

  12. brianratm - Nov 18, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    If bowling is “taking a risk” he might as well pack it in. It was still a good move by the Sixers, worth the risk. They going no where with Iggy. If they don’t sign Bynum all that money is freed up. They finally have no bad contracts. Lets keep it that way and be smart in free agency

  13. AlohaMrHand - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    This guy is brittle and won’t last much longer

    Greg Oden

  14. franklamar17 - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I’m a laker fan and I like the kid but I knew he would always have knee problems ,when you are young and have knee problems it’s never a good thing.he will never get a max contract and if a team gives it to him they are crazy because he will never play more than 50 games in one year

  15. willkellz - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Bynum you’re killing my fantasy hopes

  16. chris728 - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Matt Geiger #2. Dude is lazy and soft.

  17. mungman69 - Nov 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    I hurt my knee reading this story.

  18. mrbiz8505 - Nov 18, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    If this guy was 5′-9….. He wouldn’t be able to handle a job at McDonalds

    • scalfor3 - Nov 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      if he was 5’9 he probably wouldn’t have knee problems

  19. jerdogthompson - Nov 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Wow. No stories of the Clippers dismantling the Bulls? Poor, poor.

    Under the radar as it were.

  20. tfoz5150 - Nov 19, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    This article here says he may be out all year…Sad|newswell|text|Sports|p

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