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Andrew Bynum out indefinitely, no timeline to join Sixers

Nov 24, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

Injured Philadelphia 76ers Andrew Bynum smiles before the start of the NBA basketball game between the 76ers and the Denver Nuggets in Philadelphia Reuters

Philadelphia rolled the dice this summer on making Andrew Bynum their future — they traded Andre Iguodala for him. They sold the fans on how they could build around him.

It’s far too early to say it came up snake eyes, but at the very least this is not going to be an easy point to make now.

Throw out that hopeful Christmas timeline, the Sixers have no idea when Bynum will return, Sixers GM Tony DiLeo told Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com.

“The bottom line is Andrew is out indefinitely,” DiLeo said. “We don’t know when he’ll be back. Only Andrew can answer that question — his body can answer that question. Basically there are no timelines.”

Ugh.

The details of the medical diagnosis are not good. Not good at all.

All four doctors have examined Bynum, studied the MRIs and come to the same conclusion: bilateral bone bruises and weakened cartilage in both knees. That’s exactly what general manager Tony DiLeo revealed on Saturday in an impromptu press conference.

This is different than the report that came out last week — from a doctor not involved in the diagnosis and who has not seen the MRIs — that called for surgery. That report was pure speculation, what the Sixers gave Saturday were facts. Just not pleasant ones.

Bynum is doing swimming and other low-impact conditioning. But there will need to be some on-court work after that.

And as Philly fans start to pile on Bynum, they should know that he will play through pain — he put off knee surgery in 2010 to be part of the Lakers title run, then in 2011 again played through a bone bruise to help the Lakers through 10 playoff games. He will play through pain.

But not this, and not right now.

And for a Philly team that gambled big on him, that sold a lot of season tickets based on his play, this is not good.

And we haven’t even gotten to the part where Bynum is a free agent next summer and both Philadelphia and other team are going to offer him his next contract, figuring out the money and years they should put on the table.

That is a whole new risk, but one based in part on what is going on now.

  1. bangwai - Nov 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Ugh. I (like many others, i’m sure) was so excited to see what Bynum could do with the 76ers. I really hope his knee(s) heal, and very soon.

    This has to be depressing for Philly fans.

    I need to calm down and watch some girl on girl pr0n.

  2. phillyphannn83 - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Well I see it like this…

    1. Were doing just fine without him so far
    2. He’s really out of sight out of mind right now. If we had a losing record and were playing poorly, that’d be a different story.
    3. No one’s piling on him yet, but that could change.
    4. We were clamoring for Iggy to be traded for years so we don’t care that we really have nothing to show for it on the court. That contract had to go.
    5. His knee issues and inability to get on the court means no one will give him a big contract after the season and there wont be much competition to keep him in Philly, and it could be less money than was expected to keep him.

    • dko83 - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:28 AM

      Iggy’s contract had to go but you replaced it with an equally large contract only to get NOTHING to show for it? I’m really not trying to troll you but you are rationalizing losing your best player only to get another player that hasn’t played yet and isn’t going to in the foreseeable future.

      EVERYONE will give him a big contract regardless of his glass knees. He’s 7′ tall, see also: Robin Lopez contract.

  3. hoodheisman - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    ” he put off knee surgery in 2010 to be part of the Lakers title run”

    Ummm… Step away from the bong. He put off surgery at the beginning of the summer and instead chose to have surgery at the end of the summer, just in time to miss the first quarter of the regular season…. Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.

    • tubal22 - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:32 AM

      If I remember right, it was so that he could go watch the world cup in Africa that year.

  4. captainwisdom8888 - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    @Phillyphannn83

    As a Philly fan myself, I disagree with most of what you have to say. I recommend speaking for yourself…as opposed to grouping the rest of us in your way of thinking. This isn’t a “we” thing….that is unless you’re talking about firing Andy Reid…we all want that sh*t.

    • badassleroybrown - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:44 AM

      Philly is a loser town what do you expect lol…You bums deserve Bynum and that shetty grin he has on his face in the pic above lol…

      That face says #GotHeeeeM!

  5. tfoz5150 - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    I don’t seem to recall this being such a big gamble at the time of the deal. All of this injury BS started the first day of training camp. It’s not like we were saying no to Jackson so we could sign D’Antoni or anything. Looking at it now it looks like we got bogus goods for what we gave up, Iggy included. I don’t know what recourse Philly has if it is, but it sure seems dirty.

  6. BigBeachBall - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    los angeles bamboozled phily with this trade…

    • biasedhomer - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      How so? Dwight was not on the Sixers.

      • tfoz5150 - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM

        They gave up damaged goods.

      • biasedhomer - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:37 PM

        Yes but it wasn’t a Howard for Bynum swap between the SIxers and Lakers.

    • monkeyhateclean - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:55 AM

      Not really. Iggy has wanted out of Philly for years, so trading him for a damaged center who also wants out of Philly is basically the same as keeping Iggy then letting him skate.

  7. lakerluver - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Man, this is not good. Get well, A. B.

  8. kvanhorn87 - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Now I will call you on it. Philly fans are still not outraged and not piling on. Please don’t create a gals narrative. We are disappointed but still respect the fact that we took a shot for once on a star player and still happy that Iggy is gone.

  9. kvanhorn87 - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    *false narrative

  10. dannythebisforbeast - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Didn’t sixers lose draft picks too??

    As long as he can still bowl that’s all that counts.

  11. allen227 - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Is he getting paid?

  12. lilrock9 - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    He has the knees of a 60 year old man. He will not be playing past the age of 30.

  13. thelakeshow562 - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Glad we shipped his a$$ out for D. Howard

  14. cosanostra71 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    @tfoz Philly knew he was injury prone when they made the trade. It’s not like Bynum was an iron man that the Lakers were concealing an injury on. Everyone in the league and their mother knew that Bynum has bad knees.

    • tfoz5150 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      Not like this, though. This story keeps getting worse and worse. I think he has a degenerative condition or something. Theres no way they would have made that deal if they knew he wouldnt be able to play this year. They gave up a lot for this guy, and I’m mot evn talking about Iguodala.

      • herkulease - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:25 AM

        The onus is on the team’s doctors and whether the GM/Owner is willing to listen.

        Teams typically don’t falsify medical records and provide bad info. Even with all the info provided, teams still individually perform their own exams and take their own images and have their own doctors provide an opinion.

      • eventhorizon04 - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:40 AM

        Bynum has only played in over 60% of games in a season once in the past 5 years.

        Yes, his knees have really always been THIS bad.

      • tfoz5150 - Nov 25, 2012 at 8:17 AM

        Well the deal is even management is getting fed up with this guy, which supposedly is why after the whole bowling fiasco they made him come out and address the media instead of a team spokesperson.

      • cosanostra71 - Nov 25, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        “Not like this, though.”

        yes, like this. You must not have watched or paid any attention to the Lakers since 2005.

      • tfoz5150 - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:01 PM

        BS, the media made this guy out to be the next great center. At least he played/won a couple rings with theLakers.

  15. lancer255 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    I’d rather watch Bynum in street clothes than Iggy

  16. kappy32 - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    A younger version of Amare Stoudemire. Get ready for micro-fracture surgery, the death knell of a successful NBA career, just ask Brandon Roy & Greg Oden.

  17. lavoysboy - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Its a risk the sixers needed to take. If the Sixers kept trying to build around Iggy they were going to be another 7 and 8 seed in the playoffs, and stay that way for a long time. They would never be able to get a top pick in the draft and can’t rebuild their team through the draft, and then would have to rely on free agency. Problem with free agency is no free agent wants to come to Philadelphia because their are no perks or attractions (such as being able to play with a superstar or be a part of a championship contender).

    At least with Bynum the Sixers at least have/had the possible oppurtunity of retaining the second best center in the league and making the Sixers relevant in Philadelphia again. They could be the second or third best team in the East with the development of Holiday and Turner, and bringing in a bunch of perimeter shooters to space the floor for Bynum to work with. It also helped the possibility of Collin’s protect the paint scheme very effective with guys like Thad Young, Lavoy Allen, Spencer hawes, and EVEN KWAME BROWN helping out Bynum in the paint.

    The Sixers knew what they were doing. They brought in the right personel to set up a potentially succesful season. If Bynum doesn’t play at least every Sixers fan can say that they at least went down swinging.

  18. kvanhorn87 - Nov 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    @monkeyhate, what indications are there that Bynum wants out of Philly?

  19. davidcl77 - Nov 25, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    This weirdo may never play again. Look at that hairdo. Foolish. What a joke.

  20. kaitgamer - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    My career mode in NBA2k13 put me on the sixers…

    they won the championship…

    Philly is in a bad luck sports cycle…lots of really big injuries to the best players on each team…

  21. 24thesho - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    So now were going to take an opportunity to make fun of his afro? That so soft, dude. I thought it was only the girls who were concered about the way somebody else’s hair looks on television. They have another word for that, but I don’t want to insult any other groups of people out there, but I think you know which word I’m thinking of at this moment.

  22. davidcl77 - Nov 25, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Yeah, he’s a weirdo. A real weirdo. It’s obvious. Got it?

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