Andrew Bynum has finally come out of the woodworks and spoken honestly to the media about his chronic knee issues.
Bynum said, “"My left knee is still really sore, right knee is actually better, so that’s good. It’s just pain, just by walking around. Worst case scenario it’s another month.”
When Bynum was asked what kind of rehab he was doing during his time off he replied, “There’s nothing I can really do about it. It’s arthritis in the knees, cartilage is missing so that’s not going to regrow itself. Maybe in the future, in the next three to five years maybe there’s something out there that really does help but for right now it’s really just a waiting game.”
For now, Bynum’s right knee has fully healed, but it’s his left knee that is now lagging. “It’s just continuous pain,” he said of the left knee. “It’s just the bone bruise has to heal. It’s a mirror image of my right knee and my right knee took four months. I think we’re a little bit ahead of the curve because two months my right knee was swollen pretty big. So we’ve gotten the swelling out of that already (in the left) and I think it could be quicker. If my left knee gets better and feels like my right knee then I’ll be playing."
Based on Bynum’s own words, Sixers fans have reason to rejoice and be afraid. On the one hand, Bynum’s return is imminent and he is still a relatively young player. On the other hand, Bynum's future as a dominant center seems shorter in scope than longer.