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UPDATE: Andrew Bynum has been medically cleared, will play in opener

Oct 30, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

Andrew Bynum AP

Things change fast — just ignore everything we wrote earlier today (based on what was being said in Cleveland this morning):

Just this afternoon Andrew Bynum has been medically cleared to play and will be active for the Cavaliers as they host the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night, reports Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.

He will not start and he is expected to play only one stretch of the game, probably 10 minutes or so, but he is active and for the first time in more than a year he will be on the court.

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Bynum has been playing 5-on-5 in practice recently but the Cavaliers had been cautious with his return. Last season he sat out the entire season in Philadelphia with a series of knee issues — and the fan base was frustrated with his seeming indifference about getting healthy and on the court. The Sixers traded Andre Iguodala for him and after the setback season the Sixers decided to blow it up and get worse to get better through the lottery.

  1. fanofevilempire - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    They should trade him to the Rockets for Howard.

    • bangwai - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      You fool.
      They should trade him to the Rockets for Howard, Harden AND Olajuwon.

      • ryanrockzzz - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        and McHale

      • homieshome - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:27 AM

        i don’t get it? Why would the Rockets give Howard+ for Bynum? That’s risky business.

    • spthegr8 - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      WOW!!!! I’m shocked. Nice to see he is back from doing everything BUT playing basketball!!

  2. tampajoey - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    They’re both drama queens. Bynum is a drama queen because of his injuries. Howard is because of his diva crybaby personality.

    Injuries can heal… I’d stick with Bynum. Howard will always be a crybaby team cancer.

    • bougin89 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      In this particular case I’m not sure injuries can heal for Bynum. His knees are shot.

    • jusdre313 - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      seriously??? while i will agree when both were healthy i felt Howard was the better athlete & defender, but bynum was the better basketball player (alot more offensive moves) but no way in hell id take Bynum over Howard. How many games have bynum played since end of the 2011 season? Howard played the whole year last season hurt, and still put up decent numbers..

  3. cbking05 - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    If he keeps looking good in practice, he for sure can get another team to sign him next year.

    • dondada10 - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Why wouldn’t the Cavs pick up his 12 million dollar option?

  4. sepl12 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I suspect there are a lot of us tired of these fake “announcement” ads in the center of all these nba articles. my guess is the censors just aren’t letting the comments through. keepen it classy nbc

  5. jusdre313 - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    and i disagree about the crybaby title he gets labeled with

    the only thing i felt Howard was wrong for was opting in for that last year in Orlando, then demanding a trade. I felt he let people “guilt him” into staying. Also he saw how veryone turned on Lebron. when he should have been a man and made the choice not to opt in.

    I think people love to hate on D12 for the fact he didnt resign with the Lakers.. like hes wrong for choosing where to go to work

  6. sellahh - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    He’s playing!!! Love to see big fella back.

    • mydoghasfleez - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Yep. He’s got his bowling shoes, his ball & his bag. He’s ready to play.

  7. ih1357 - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    local media here in cleveland is reporting Bynum IS active and expected to play TONIGHT

  8. antistratfordian - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Well this should be interesting. Heat-Cavs ECF?

  9. detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    If Kyrie and Bynum can stay healthy for a full season the Cavs could make a run at the 4-6 seed in the East. I don’t think even with a full season from those two they’re better than the Bulls, Heat or Pacers. Those two staying healthy is a huge stretch though.

  10. shavodog1 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    7-10 splits beware!!! I wonder if he’s actually a good bowler??

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