Philadelphia 76ersí Andrew Bynum out for 21 days, will miss preseason
"I'm going to do everything in my power to get back," assured Andrew Bynum.
Andrew Bynum has been limited to conditional workout ever since he was injected with plasma rich platelets in both knees. The treatment called Orthokine is a revolutionary knee procedure that increases the healing rate in arthritis-affected areas. However, Andrew Bynum had to fly over to Germany to have the procedure performed since it is still unavailable in the United States.
Other players across the NBA, such as Kobe Bryant and Grant Hill have also indulged in the procedure to treat similar knee issues.
Peter Wehling, the doctor who performed the procedure had advised Andrew Bynum to undergo the treatment close to the training camp so as to maximize its effectiveness. Andrew Bynum received the injection in the third week of September and was cleared for practice last week by the Philadelphia 76ers.
However, during the weekend Andrew Bynum was taken off the regular drills after he developed “discomfort” in both knees. The Philadelphia 76ers followed that through with the decision to sit out Andrew Bynum for the next three weeks so as to give his knees maximum opportunity to recover.
"At this point, I just need to go out and work on my craft," stated Bynum. "I should still be able to do that, even with being shut down."
Training camp for the Philadelphia 76ers begins on Tuesday, while the preseason-opener is scheduled for 11th October in Orlando. Andrew Bynum will remain inactive till a week before Philadelphia 76ers’ regular-season opener, and could return to play against the Denver Nuggets on the 31st October.
The Philadelphia 76ers also revealed on Monday that Andrew Bynum had sustained a bone bruise to the right knee, but the center claimed it had nothing do with the knee procedure.
The Philadelphia 76ers acquired Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers during the summers in a four-team trade surrounding Dwight Howard that sent Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets.
The 7-year veteran Andrew Bynum, who became the youngest player to be drafted in the NBA after he was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005, has a history of knee injuries throughout his career that required two surgeries in 2008 (left knee) and 2010 (right knee).
But Andrew Bynum stated that in comparison to his previous injuries, the current knee condition isn’t so serious.
"I feel a lot better," said Andrew Bynum. "The (treatment) is definitely working."
Through 66 regular-season games for the Los Angeles Lakers, Andrew Bynum has skipped six, four of which account for suspension.
Andrew Bynum had a productive year last season, after ranking as top-third rebounder and the 20th leading scorer in NBA. His 1.93 blocked shots per game ranked him sixth in NBA, while Andrew Bynum also posted career-highs with 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds last season.
The 2011 All-Star team selection is in the final year of the contract that will pay him $16.1 million by the end of this season.