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Andrew Bynum says he expects to play this year but right now feels pain walking

Dec 10, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

Injured Philadelphia 76er Bynum walks past a teammate before the start of the NBA basketball game between the 76ers and the Toronto Raptors in Philadelphia Reuters

Andrew Bynum spoke with the media again and… Sixers fans, I’m sorry. I wish things were different.

The guy Philly wants to build a franchise around remains out indefinitely. If you want the optimistic view, Bynum said he fully expects to play this season. He is going to get another MRI on December 20 and if the doctor says its okay he could “ramp it up,” which I guess means increase his conditioning, get out on the practice floor and being ready to go soon. That MRI will be key. Bynum said he thinks the worst-case scenario is another month after that.

But it’s kind of hard to be optimistic about Bynum right now. Especially with some of these other quotes, via CSNPhilly.com.

““I feel pain walking around, so it’d be silly to go out and start playing basketball right away (once cleared) because it’s just going to get worse,” Bynum said, noting that the swelling in his right knee is gone. “If this was the Finals and we have a chance to win, I’d be able to play. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? But why risk anything when you have time to come back and be 100 percent?…

“It’s arthritis in the knees and the cartilage is missing,” he said. “It’s not going to regrow itself.”

So, who wants to give Bynum a big contract this summer when he is a free agent?

Bynum said the pressure to get back out on the court comes from himself and that he fully expects to play this season. He also said his left knee is the one that is bothering him (the right one is the one he tweaked again bowling, that seems to be improving).

The optimistic view is we will know a lot more after the MRI Dec. 20 and then we can start making Christmas plans for Bynum. The reality is if it hurts to walk we are a ways away from seeing Bynum in a Sixers uniform on the court.

  1. vanmorrissey - Dec 10, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Odds he won’t play until after All Star game?

    • skids003 - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:54 AM

      He don’t want to play, he just wants to collect his paycheck.

    • matthiasbeezy - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      Odds he won’t get a haircut until after All-Star game?

  2. raidmagic - Dec 10, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Yep and everyone bashed the Magic for not trading straight up for this guy. I’ll take the trade we got, thank you.

  3. samonelastains - Dec 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    If dude has arthritis and missing cartilage that won’t grow back this could mean his career might be a lot shorter than expected. I feel bad for the guy, too young to have arthritis.

  4. ckinthekc99 - Dec 10, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    For all the heat the Lakers have taken deservedly so this season, the trade for Howard & Duhon might be the best trade of all time! Can you imagine if the trolls were right & the lakers kept this guy? It’s ridiculous that this guy isn’t catching more heat for the fact he’s played 0 games & very possibly 0 for the year!

  5. gallaghedj311 - Dec 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Hey fellow Philly fans, were just glad to get rid of Iggy right? So 2 months into the season, everyone’s happy?

    • somekat - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

      Very. Have you seen how improved Young/Holiday and Turner are? Those are the guys they are going to build around. Bynum would of been great to add to that, but if he’s not there, you still needed to see what those 3 had being the focus. With Iggy there, being the point forward, that wasn’t going to happen. Holiday was not going to get to run the offense, Turner wasn’t going to be able to play his natural position, and they couldn’t start Young.

      The team, and more importantly, those 3 guys were at their ceiling as long as Iggy was here. Like I said the day they did the deal, worst case scenario, they see what those 3 guys have as the focus, and they have a boat load of cap space to add pieces to that roster, and a year earlier. Best case, Bynum is a huge force and that young core grows together and competes for title.

      Best case is looking less and less likey, but it’s still a good trade long term for the franchise

      • barkley4life - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        Well said…not to mention even without Bynum the prospect of getting out 14-20 million in one player was to good to pass up. The Sixers went with 2 year contract on shooters to build around Bynum but if that doesn’t work they can easily regroup and go with another plan. Some quality young players will hit the market within the next 3 years(Milsap,Jeffeson etc). Granted Bynum when healthy looks like a franchise center but to get out of Iggy’s contract playing style….HANDS DOWN GREAT MOVE.

      • THE BEST BLOG group IN THE WORLD. - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        Holiday and Turner are very improved I’ll give you that. But they couldn’t start Young with Iggy around? Come on, Nick Young played for LAC last year, he wasn’t benched because of Dre.

  6. davidcl77 - Dec 10, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Look at that head.

  7. mungman69 - Dec 10, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    The year is almost over.

  8. ocgunslinger - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Those knee’s will limit his future. Doubt he will play effectively many more years…..if any.

    • somekat - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM

      I’d have to agree. It’s been what, 7 months since he played a game, and with no real injury that’s been identified? I don’t see how MORE time is going to fix and injury that can’t be fixed. I’d have to assume if it’s something that could be surgically fixed, it would of been done by now.

      I don’t see the difference in 7 months, and 10-11 months. Not if they can’t even identify what they are waiting to heal

  9. abchome - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Just can’t help thinking about Phoenix’s magical training staff. Jermaine O’Neal has already played 15 games this year, while Steve Nash and Grant Hill have played less than two games combined.

    • cousineddy - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:39 AM

      they’re all like 40 years old, whats your point….and its amazing Grant Hill is still playing with the amount of injuries he has sustained during his career

  10. cornbreadbbqred - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Andrew Bynum as got athritis of the brain, at his ripe young age. I am so glad, as a Laker fan, with all our difficulties, that we have bigger fish to fry.

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