Andrew Bynum could miss season for Philadelphia 76ers

Oct 15, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum (33) before the game against the Boston Celtics at the Wachovia Center. The Sixers defeated the Celtics 107-75. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Troubled All-Star center Andrew Bynum was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this off season in a massive deal that landed Dwight Howard with the Los Angeles Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets.

Out of the three franchise players, Bynum is the only one not to see the floor for his respective team thus far in the 2012-13NBA regular season.

Bynum had been hampered with a bone bruise in his right knee before reportedly suffering the same injury to his left knee, bowling on Nov. 10.

Initially, the Sixers announced this new injury would only push back Bynum’s return date, slating him to return to practice Dec. 10.

Now reports have circulated from the Courier-Post Online, where Jason Wolf explains that contrary to Philadelphia’s initial diagnosis, Bynum could end up missing the entire season.

A prominent, highly respected orthopedic surgeon who is not involved in Bynum’s treatment and has not seen his MRIs, told The News Journal that Bynum has likely been diagnosed with osteochondral lesions. The condition may heal on its own, but will likely keep Bynum from practicing until March or April, at the earliest. If it doesn’t heal, Bynum will require surgery that could sideline him for up to a year. He should find out if he needs surgery by as early as December, the surgeon said.

If Bynum were to miss the entire season, it would be a massive disappointment to a fan base eager for a franchise big man.

After trading away Iguodala, the Sixers were set on starting over with Bynum as the main piece in the middle and building around him. Bynum will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and it’s hard to imagine Philadelphia offering him the type of money a legit 7-footer demands in this day and age.

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