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Andrew Bynum speculation reaches new, ridiculous heights of stupidity

Nov 21, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

Andrew Bynum AP

This shouldn’t even be a story.

But we’re here discussing it because with Andrew Bynum nothing seems impossible, not even him needing another knee surgery and missing the rest of the season. And that combined with a doctor giving his opinion on a case where he has absolutely no direct knowledge of what is happening has gotten people talking on twitter and around the Web.

And it’s all ridiculous. And stupid. But here we are.

It started with Bynum suffering a setback in recovery from a bone bruise in his knee, something he did while bowling. Then a former teammate of Bynum slams his love of the game. You would think Bynum tweaking his knee while bowling would be the most ridiculous thing in this story, but it’s not.

On Wednesday, the Delaware News Journal interviewed a “internationally respected orthopedic surgeon” who is not named in the article (an anonymous source doctor?). While he admittedly has not been part of Bynum’s team of doctors, the 76ers team of doctors, and has not seen Bynum’s MRIs and entire article was done based on his speculation.

He thought this could be a case of “osteochondritis dessicans lesions” which would require surgery. And cost Bynum the season.

And that story has picked up steam around the Web. It shouldn’t.

This is the worst kind of speculation — a doctor who has not seen the information making a dire prediction based on the limited droplets of information that have come to the public. Then a paper running it with bold headlines and some people taking it as fact.

We deal with rumors here at PBT all the time — trade rumors, injury rumors and so on — but the key is knowing and trusting your source. Do you trust the speculation of a doctor who would not use his name in the article and bases a diagnosis on what he reads in the media?

We’d all blow this off totally… except it’s Bynum’s knees, and nothing is impossible. If he missed the entire season, none of us would be shocked.

But still there is no reason whatsoever to consider this speculation as fact. What you can know as fact is Bynum is in a contract year — he is a free agent next summer — and him missing time could be costing him dollars. He wants back on the court. We also know for a fact the Sixers want Bynum on the court because they traded Andre Iguodala for him and made a huge gamble for their future based around him.

But that and that Bynum is out for a while is all we really know for sure. Everything else is speculation, which apparently is becoming more ridiculous by the day.

  1. zerole00 - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    For all we know it could have been Dr. Phil.

    • ron05342 - Nov 21, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Beat me to it. 😀

    • ambitoos - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      Oh, did Mitch Kubcheck happen to mention before the trade that Bynum is a lazy bum. Sorry about that. No offence Philly fans.

  2. stadix093 - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Man, all us Laker fans need to pitch in and buy Mitch K a thank you card and a Bentley for getting rid of this guy for D Howard. Best. Trade. Ever.

  3. sabatimus - Nov 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    You know what Kurt? If this shouldn’t be a story, then don’t fuel the fire.

    • ambitoos - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      Because it’s fun. We finally got rid of that sloth.

  4. leearmon - Nov 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    While I agree 100% with your basic premise, and like how you just cavalierly state :

    “We deal with rumors here at PBT all the time — trade rumors, injury rumors and so on — but the key is knowing and trusting your source….”

    Ignoring all of the times you guys have gotten stories wrong, Phil Jackson *cough*… It is very weak to knock a publication for running a story, and people for talking, tweeting about said story, to ultimately run your own story about the fiasco, claiming how “ridiculous” the entire situation is.

    Journalism 101, if you don’t trust the story, or the source, don’t run it. Mike Wise infamously caught hell for trying to teach people that in the new age of twitter, (he failed miserably, and his execution was awful), a few years back. But I digress, If you don’t believe the story, don’t run with it, but don’t be a coward and knock the original report, while saying things like,

    “We’d all blow this off totally… except it’s Bynum’s knees, and nothing is impossible. If he missed the entire season, none of us would be shocked.”

    Either run with it, or leave it alone. But trying to take the moral high ground in regards to journalism, while running a story that could be correct, just to cover your bases is very weak.

    • cmehustle - Nov 21, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      His point was, how could a doctor who has no knowledge of the situation give a diagnosis. Then have someone write a story about that very same diagnosis. Thats also my question, how could that happen? People are just going to assume that a doctor knows what he’s talking about and that Bynum is out for the season, even though this guy has no knowledge of the situation. Incredible.

    • cosanostra71 - Nov 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      good thing Kurt is a blogger, not a journalist.

      • unxpexted1 - Nov 21, 2012 at 6:23 PM


    • mytthor - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      The Phil Jackson thing is a horrible example. Every news outlet, every blog, every newspaper, Phil Jackson and Mike D’Antoni all had the same story – that he had the job if he wanted it. There are of course conflicting stories as to how much he was demanding and what the issues were, but pretty much everyone had handed him the job if he wanted it – except the Lakers, apparently.

      This is a blog. The bloggers job is to collect every story floating around out there, and give his/her opinion on it. You don’t have to agree with the opinion, but that’s the job description. ProBasketballTalk, not ProBasketballNews.

      A newspaper is a different form of journalism that’s got a different role (other than opinion columns).

  5. thelakeshow562 - Nov 21, 2012 at 4:09 PM


  6. magicbucs - Nov 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Too bad Dwight Coward will be gone after this season and Nash will be forced to retire due to that broken fibula. He’s old and the body doesn’t heal itself. Fakers are cooked!
    … From your proud hater

    • ambitoos - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      They’ll both be here and you’ll be gone.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      Proud hater: are you, Satan’s disciple?

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:19 PM

        Not that it’s a bad thing.

  7. kvanhorn87 - Nov 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    At it again. Can’t help yourself huh? Philadelphia fans and media have done nothing but be patient. Stop trying to make this story fit into your false narrative. We are not booing him on the Bench. We have been more than accommodating. Say our media is tougher, he has been given a free pass for 5 months. Kurt, you seem to be the one writing all the stories.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      At what point in this story did I say Philly fans were booing or being unfair to Bynum? I didn’t mention the fans at all. Please read the story before commenting. I don’t think I’m the one fitting this into their narrative.

  8. kvanhorn87 - Nov 21, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Sorry Kurt. The majority of the comment was attempted 4x on last story but never added. Just tried to get it on there. The last sentence was regarding your story. Sorry was annoyed at the censorship.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      Censorship? That’s a good one.

  9. somedayphilly - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    This was a bad trade the day they did it and its worse now. The guy has been hurt since the womb

  10. drewzducks - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Gutter ball.

  11. kavika6 - Nov 22, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    He’s finished.

  12. chazzmon - Nov 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Is there a surgery procedure for lazy?

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