Philadelphia 76ers: Andrew Bynum could return by mid-Dec to Jan

11/12/12 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Philadelphia 76ers fans haven’t seen Andrew Bynum on court since he was sidelined with a bone bruise in the right knee during mid-September. The knee injury held Andrew Bynum out of the Philadelphia 76ers season opener on 31st October. But after initially being declared indefinitely out, the Philadelphia 76ers announced today that Andrew Bynum could return for his regular season debut by January.
"We know that Sixers fans are eager to see Andrew Bynum play and shine in a 76ers uniform,” said Philadelphia 76ers general manager Tony DiLeo on Monday. “We also know that no one is more eager to see Andrew play for the Sixers than Andrew himself.”
“He fully realizes the key contribution he can make to the team,” continued Tony DiLeo. “Hopefully, that day is coming soon."
Andrew Bynum was held out of all basketball activities for the past four weeks, until an MRI last week cleared him for “low-impact” workout. At the end of two weeks, Andrew Bynum will begin conditioning on an “anti-gravity treadmill” for another three weeks. By 10th December, Andrew Bynum will be up for a re-evaluation of his injury and if the Philadelphia 76ers determines that all is well with the knee, he can begin “normal basketball activity” as well as practicing with the team.
However, Andrew Bynum will be still held out of a real game for another 1-4 weeks for staying up-to-date with team’s schemes and conditioning, purposes. The Philadelphia 76ers indicated at that stage, it will be up to the coaches and not the doctors to determine if Andrew Bynum can start a game with significant minutes.
 If all goes according to plan. Andrew Bynum could be very well playing by January.
In Andrew Bynum’s absence, second-year player Lavoy Allen and veteran Spencer Hawes have been sharing minutes at the center spot with the Philadelphia 76ers off to a 4-2 start so far in the season.
The Philadelphia 76ers are being specifically cautious with their new star attraction, who was acquired in a four-team trade centered around Dwight Howard, that also sent the disgruntled Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets in the offseason. So far, Andrew Bynum hasn’t been able to practice or play with the Philadelphia 76ers due to back-to-back setbacks with his knees. The 25-year-old Andrew Bynum underwent a knee procedure in Germany during August and took treatment in the form of routine injections to the knee in October.
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