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Andrew Bynum out Monday for Pacers with swelling in knee

Mar 17, 2014, 6:50 PM EST

Andrew Bynum, Charlie Villanueva AP

Andrew Bynum has been back on an NBA court for all of a week, playing in two games, he has averaged 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. He played 20 minutes Saturday night in Detroit.

That was enough to lead to swelling in his knee, which will keep him out Monday night against the Sixers, coach Frank Vogel announced.

“[He] had some swelling,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said pregame, “so they did an MRI with him today and we’ll know more in the next couple of days.”

It’s not a big surprise — right now when Bynum is on the court he gives a team some offense and rebounding, a big body but not much else on defense (his recognition and rotations are slow, as you would expect of a guy who has played little in recent years). But he is just not going to be on the court consistently.

“This is what we signed up for,” Vogel said of the situation. “We knew he’s a great player with some problem area knees. He’s going to be in sometimes, he’s going to be out sometimes. We’re fully aware of that and we’ll be excited for whenever we have him in uniform.”

When they need him in uniform is the playoffs.

Ian Mahinmi will be back from bruised ribs and will resume his role as Roy Hibbert’s backup.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    I am shocked. Shocked I tell ya

    • brookwell2013 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Funny RavenG! Seriously, whether you hate him or not, we all know how this is going to end for Bynum….his knees just won’t make it very long…..the ominous thing in the Pacer report is that he had an MRI and the team didn’t reveal the results, they just said they’ll “know more” in a few days. Ouch.

  2. tfoz5150 - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Makes you wonder what the Lakers brass knew about his knees when they traded him off last year. Same goes for the Sixers. They should’ve done their due diligence.

  3. seattlesuperchronic - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    I always thought Mahimni was a serviceable backup to Hibbert. Nothin flashy, just a solid defender and good rebounder. Quit steppin on Mahimni’s minutes ya bum!

  4. pfic15 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Go away, Andrew. I want to cheer for the Pacers again.

  5. sportsfan18 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    At this point, it is NOT about heart, drive or desire.

    He HAS bad knees. He’s 7 feet tall and there is 300ish pounds crashing down on them when he lands, runs etc…

    Even if he CARED and had HEART, well his knees are still bad…

  6. campcouch - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    ha!

  7. ddogdaddy - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    How nice is it to have a player that you don’t really need, average a double/double for you when he is ablle to play? I suddenly like the Pacers chance to take down Miami just a little more.

  8. doctordunkenstein - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    how funny is it that in limited minutes…Bynum averages just as many points and more rebounds than the overrated Roy Hibbert

  9. dannymac17 - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    paper mache knees

  10. rodyaugu - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Oden knees laugh at Bynum

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