Bynum to have surgery on both knees, will miss rest of season

Double knee surgeries for Bynum; done for season, possibly done in Philly

3/18/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

For Philadelphia 76ers fans, the past year hasn't been as much of a roller coaster as it has been a complete free fall. The Sixers beat the Chicago Bulls to advance to the second round of the playoffs last season, where they lost in seven games to the Boston Celtics. After a strong campaign, they traded for Andrew Bynum - considered by some to be the best center in the NBA - in a trade that largely revolved around another elite center in Dwight Howard.
Mar 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum (33) prior to the game against the Indiana Pacers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Pacers 98-91. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
The Orlando Magic, who sent Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, did not want Bynum in the deal due to his knee issues and impending free agent status. It turns out the Magic were wiser than the Sixers.

Just before training camp, Bynum had treatment done to his knees, and he was held out for a few weeks as a precautionary measure. After a series of setbacks and developments, Bynum was ruled out indefinitely, but hope remained that he would play at some point this season.

After a Monday report from Howard Eskin of FOX, that hope is gone. "Andrew Bynum will have surgery tomorrow in NY," Eskin said via Twitter. "Will have both knees cleaned out. Done for season."

It's terrible news for the 76ers, who now find themselves in last place in the Atlantic division, and 7.5 games behind the eighth seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

The Sixers hoped that they could build their franchise around Bynum, but it now appears as if he may never even play a game for Philadelphia. Bynum is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and it will be hard for the Sixers to gauge his value without seeing him hit the open market. The Sixers will obviously be wary of committing serious money to Bynum, while Bynum will be in search of the best offer he can get.

The scariest thing for Bynum is the fact that knee issues can put a halt to careers, especially for massive seven-footers like himself. In addition, his work ethic has always been a huge concern, and he'll undoubtedly need to work his tail off if he ever wants to be effective on the hardwood again.

With Bynum's knees not appearing to get any better, and the 76ers' management appearing to get frustrated with his inability to get healthy, we could very well be seeing Bynum in a new uniform next season - assuming he's even physically able to play. It's looking less and less like Bynum will ever be the perennial All-Star that so many expected him to become, and it's hard to say if he'll ever be a reliable player again.
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