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Bynum receives injections to “cushion” knees for rest of season

Jan 31, 2013, 1:50 PM EST

Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Reuters

Let’s get this out of the way first — this is not a setback. I know people can get skittish when you talk Andrew Bynum and knees, but things are still on track. This was planned, it was the next step in the process and the timeline for Bynum to finally make his debut with the 76ers after the All-Star break remains in place.

Bynum got injections in both knee on Thursday of a synthetic lubricant that is supposed to help provide some cushion and comfort for Bynum the rest of the season, reports John Finger at CSNPhilly.com.

The Synvisc injections, which Bynum received in both knees, are common for basketball players readying to pick up their action on the court. A Sixers’ spokesman said the appointment with Dr. (David) Altchek was scheduled previously and is not a setback.

Bynum had similar injections back before training camp but had unrelated setbacks with his knees.

Philly hinged their cart to Bynum when they essentially traded Andre Iguodala for him as part of the deal that brought Dwight Howard to Los Angeles. Bynum has yet to play a game. Philadelphia is 19-26 on the season and three games out of the playoffs but hoping to make a late push with Bynum back in the lineup paired with All-Star guard Jrue Holiday.

Bynum is a free agent this summer. Just to make everything more interesting.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Well as bad as the Lakers are, I can’t imagine them being any better if they’d kept Bynum seeing as he hasn’t played yet. Although maybe we would have some more draft picks if we hadn’t traded for Howard. We are definitely going to need those.

    • captainwisdom8888 - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      i hope he gets his heart and soul in the team and the city of philly bc his body language hasnt been great thus far. He has a history of not being a passionate player

      and having terrible do’s

  2. darthsat - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    While it is true the sixers hinged their cart on Bynum, it is also true that it was a necessary step forward that they and the fans would repeat every time. You need a star in the NBA to transcend into a title contender and the sixers were never going to be that with Iguodala. I remain happier as a fan that the team took the risk as opposites to staying idle with their dead-end roster.

    • biasedhomer - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Exactly, if the Sixers stuck with Iggy, they would continue the endless cycle of mediocrity in which they lose in the first round of the playoffs, and end up with a pick between 18-26, which they would use for a role/bench player who would just add to the mediocrity.

      This trade allowed the Sixers to do one of 2:
      a) become a contender in the East
      b) become a lottery team

      Both options are better than being stuck in the middle of the pack.

      • sasquash20 - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        It also allowed us to see J.Holiday and E.Turner a little bit better. With Iggy they had to always defer to him.

        The problem wasn’t giving up Iggy but N.Voucivik (spelled wrong but the guy has a double double average in ORL and we have Hawes the jump shotting 7 foot pillow) and the draft picks.

      • captainwisdom8888 - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        both points are spot on. i HATE hawes. if i watch him not find a body and box out again im gonna bug the f out

  3. brotherlove2012 - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    I just hope they don’t go max contract with him after the season. That would kill them for a couple of years for sure. Bynum is done, he’ll never be the same again. No injections of anything will cure his knees, it’s sad but that’s a fact. Historically when basketball players start getting knee problems soon in their career, it never really goes away, especially with big men like Bynum.

  4. dkphilly1122 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Bynum could have surgery to his knees and make them what they use to be but he would have to do it in Germany I believe and he would be out for over a year between surgery and the recovery. Risk and reward. I doubt he does that and loses money in the meantime.

    • bougin89 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      He already had the Orthokine procedure didn’t he? What other surgery could he have that would really benefit him at this point?

      • badintent - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it is the KOBE BLOOD TREATMENT in Germany, done by some guy Dirk didn’t even know,

      • bougin89 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        The “KOBE BLOOD TREATMENT” is the Orthokine procedure I was referring to in my first post and that is not a duck and it doesn’t quack.

  5. emosnar - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Bynum can get another injection right before all-star break, have a set back, not play this year, then come back by next year’s all star break and still be better than Hoeward.

  6. emosnar - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Bynum can get another injection right before all-star break, have a set back, not play this year, then come back by next year’s all star break and still be better than Hoeward. Go Pacers!

  7. phillyphannn83 - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Uhhhh, knee injections. I had cortisone injections in my knees and let me tell you, needles under the kneecap are not fun.

    • badintent - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      Try Vimovo, works in less than 1 hour , 1 pill and doesn’t upset your stomach for acid reflux( some times minor cramps) twice a day, twice a week or as you need it. Cortisone was not an option for my knee’s bone spurs. good luck .

  8. mungman69 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    My knees are sore from playing high school football. They will never get better than they r right now.

  9. joeyb3878 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    I agree with all the disdain towards Hawes but this team is built around Bynum so I would think that the plan would be to play the two 7 footers together and create mismatches using Hawes ability shoot to draw his defender out towards the perimeter…… Or perhaps it’s just wishful thinking.

  10. mcsuave - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    The good part is Bynum will not get a max contract until he can play for extended periods. This leaves the Sixers with lots of cap flexibility as well as continuing to stockpile young inexpensive talent through the draft.

  11. joeyb3878 - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Hopefully he plays well enough to be traded. Someone will give him a max contract but he will never live up to it.

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