Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum never thought going bowling, one of his favorite hobbies, could do damage to his knees. But he suspects that’s exactly what happened and it is added disappointment in his struggle to get healthy.
Bynum recounted that his left knee swelled after he went bowling last Saturday night. He told his doctors and last Tuesday had an MRI that disclosed he’d done some new damage. It was a problem because Bynum had missed the whole training camp and preseason with a bone bruise in his right knee.
“I did not twist it or fall or nothing,” Bynum declared before his team took on the Cleveland Cavaliers. “It kind of broke off cartilage and it made the bone bruise bigger. Obviously (how) the question is, it’s comparatively nothing; it is 3 steps (and roll). That is the most important thing and why everyone is being so cautious. I can’t answer and (doctors) can’t now either, we’re trying to figure out what is going on.”
Bynum had latterly begun some low-impact rehabilitation work as he worked towards returning in late December or January. The Sixers, when announcing that he managed to start the early stages of rehabilitation last Monday, felt that was the 1st positive reports in weeks. Bynum said he did not think bowling was any more intense than his rehabilitation work.
“I do not think anyone could’ve told (me) I couldn’t do that,” Bynum said. “I was doing squatting and low impact training. It is what it is. The cartilage is in a weakened state.”
The 76ers aren’t changing the calendar set for Bynum’s return than before learning of the new injury. The plan remains to have him re- evaluated in 3 weeks and hope that he is going to be cleared to come back to the court. But obviously there’s concern that Bynum looks to be becoming worse and not better. Odds
“It sucks; I don’t know what to expect,” Bynum said. “I have an issue with my knees and we’re trying to resolve it. There’s no surgical procedures which will really help or are safe to do currently. I’ve just got to bide my time.”
Sixers coach Doug Collins declined to add anything to Bynum’s comments about the injury. Sixers GM Tony DiLeo announced that the team may continue to be patient with Bynum, taking a look at the long term. Bynum is in the final year of an agreement that pays him $16.5 million this season.
“They’re being supportive,” Bynum asserted of his team. “Obviously in hindsight you shouldn’t go bowling, but it’s less than anything I’ve done in my rehab.”
Bynum, 25 years old, spent the previous 7 seasons with the L.A Lakers. He enjoyed his best year in 2011-12, averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, both career highs.
The 7-footer moved to Philadelphia in the offseason as part of the 4-team trade that sent center Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic to the Lakers. Bynum still has to practice with his new team.