Philadelphia 76ers’ center, Andrew Bynum has yet to play a game as part of the team and it looks like he won’t be playing anytime soon as he suffered another set back.
According to ESPN’s Chris Palmer, Bynum experienced pain and discomfort in his right knee after a friday morning practice. Bynum, although extremely optimistic he’ll play this season, even declaring himself as definitely coming back this season, later came to realization that he may not play after today’s practice.
“It’s getting late. I don’t know (about playing this season),” Bynum said. “I don’t want to play in pain. … I’m 25, it’s my life.”
This is sad news for not just Philadelphia fans, but for basketball fans in general. Bynum, the two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and NBA all-star, had so much potential as one of the league’s best big man. Bynum was so healthy with his team in Los Angeles, playing 72 of 78 games that season. Now, he basically missed the entire 2012-13 season.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Andrew Bynum has experienced some swelling in the knee since practice last Friday.
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Earlier, it was reported that Bynum participated in 5-on-5 practices, the first time he practiced with the team. While that news generated some optimism, Philadelphia 76ers, head coach, Doug Collins shed some reality, saying,
“I know it’s tough on him, he wants to play,” Collins said Thursday. “We traded for him to come in here and play and he hasn’t been able to and that’s hard. Hard on him and hard on everyone and so I feel badly.”
As a fan and just a person I know Doug Collins, Andrew Bynum, fans, players and members of the front office are extremely frustrated. Injuries just happen. There’s nothing you can do about it but try to remain positive and try to conquer through it. That however takes hard work, time, dedication and patience. I hope Bynum returns to the NBA as soon as possible but as healthy as possible as well.
Bynum is set to become a free agent this summer.