The Philadelphia 76ers took a gamble by trading for a player who was widely considered as a top two center in the league, a gamble which, so far, has not paid off. Andrew Bynum has still not played a single game for the Sixers, but says that he plans to play this season.
According to an NBA.com report, Bynum said:
“I’ll definitely be back sometime this year,” Bynum said. “I’m focused on getting back and being right versus trying to rush.”
“I want to be healthy,” he said. “I think everybody knows what I can do at this point in this league. The question with me is going to be are my knees going to hold up. That’s what organizations have to think about. All I have to think about is putting up buckets.”
Bynum expects to be able to get back to practice in a week or two, but at this point, it would surprise no one if he didn’t run out on an NBA court this season.
He has suffered several setbacks in his rehabilitation, including re-injuring his knee playing bowling. As a result, Bynum’s expected date of return has been pushed back time and again this season.
Bynum also says that he has come to terms with the fact that he might not be able to ever play pain-free again, but insists that he has a high pain threshold and can play through some discomfort.
While it might be a good idea for the injury-plagued Philadelphia team to let Bynum sit out the rest of the season, everyone is eager to see what the 7-footer can do on the floor. We can expect the Sixers to try and push Bynum back into action before the end of the season, in order to see something that would convince the team to wrap up the 25-year-old in a 5-year $100M contract that he could potentially sign.
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