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Sixers still clueless in Bynumís best-case, worst-case scenario

12/10/12 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

In an unscheduled press conference ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers’ home game against the Detroit Pistons Monday night Sixers’ offseason acquisition Andrew Bynum walked a tightrope when updating on his injury in a brief one-liner.
 
"Worst -case scenario, it's another month. Best-case scenario, I can ramp it up," Andrew Bynum tried to stick as close to reality while offering some optimism on recovering from the injury with an upcoming visit with his a knee specialist.
 
Andrew Bynum hasn’t played all season due to ailing knee issues, after the Philadelphia 76ers acquired him the Dwight Howard four-team trade. The former Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has experienced issues in both right as well as left knee, that the Philadelphia 76ers have tried to deal with traditional and alternative treatments to stimulate the healing process.
 
The Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum’s long list of treatments this season include lot of conventional as well as controversial options starting with rest, rehabilitation, injections and an Orthokine treatment in Germany, which relies on the circulation of protein rich plasma in the affected knee region.
 
Andrew Bynum was half-way through the rehabilitation process from where his could have hit a steep curve towards healing when the 25-year-old re-aggravated his left knee in a bowling incident last month. The situation was no doubt, a testing moment for Andrew Bynum who along with the Philadelphia 76ers and several fans was hoping to return on short notice with the right knee bone bruise drastically healed and not causing anymore discomfort.
 
With that setback, the left knee remains a prevailing issue due to which Andrew Bynum has still not been cleared for basketball activity.
 
However, the All-Star Andrew Bynum hopes to have a clearer picture of his knee’s recovery with a visit to a doctor on 20th December – where good news could be a sooner than anticipated return while bad news could been missing another month.
 
"It's not getting worse. It's just continuous pain. I just think the bone bruise has to heal. It's a mirror image of my right knee,” said Andrew Bynum My right knee took four months. I think we're a little bit ahead of the curve.”
 
The Philadelphia 76ers bet a lot on Andrew Bynum – giving up  first-round picks Nikola Vucevic (2011 drafts) and Maurice Harkless (2012 drafts), including a future first-round pick and the disgruntled swingman Andre Iguodala. However, it’s possible Andrew Bynum’s association with the Philadelphia 76ers may last for only this season.
 
Andrew Bynum becomes a free agent at the end of this season and could be eligible to signup with any other team. If the Philadelphia 76ers hope to retain Andrew Bynum, they’ll could have the two-time NBA champion on the books for $100 million over five seasons. But is it worth the risk considering Andrew Bynum’s ailing knee issues, despite his of talents?
 
The Philadelphia 76ers bigman has tried not to venture that far, or even bring to mind the possibility of never playing a game for his current team through this season.
 
"That has never crossed my mind. (Still) It's a possibility, depending on what my doctor tells me,” said Andrew Bynum. “(But) I really think I'll be fine. If my left knee gets better, and feels like my right, I'll be playing.”
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