Andrew Bynum: Latest Setback Proves Injured Center Still Doesn't Get It

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

Nov 16, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum (33) during the third quarter against the Utah Jazz at the Wachovia Center. The Sixers defeated the Jazz 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

It's time for Andrew Bynum to get with the program.

Bynum, the big acquisition for the Philadelphia 76ers over the summer—someone they paid a high price to acquire—now has two injured knees after going bowling on Saturday night (h/t ESPN).

Bynum has no idea what happened, or more importantly, how it happened. He just knows that his left knee swelled up:

I didn't twist it or fall or nothing. It kind of broke off cartilage and it made the bone bruise bigger. Obviously (how) is the question, it's relatively nothing, it's three steps (and roll). That's the most important thing and why everyone is being so cautious. I can't answer and (doctors) can't now either, we're trying to figure out what's going on.

Something's not clicking for the 25-year-old center.

All the evidence we need can be found in comments he made to ESPN's Brian Windhorst:

Andrew Bynum: "In hindsight you shouldn't go bowling, but it's not more than anything I've done in my rehab." Story:

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) November 18, 2012

But wait, there's more: "I don't think anybody could've told (me) I couldn't do that. I was doing squatting and low-impact training. It is what it is. The cartilage is in a weakened state."

Bynum comes off sounding like a child throwing a tantrum: You're not my mom; you can't tell me what to do.

The 76ers could have told him not to go bowling. They didn't, but they could have.

Right off the bat, Bynum's off-base with his comments—even if he didn't mean it in the literal sense.

I understand that bowling is one of Bynum's favorite things to do, and I'm not saying that he needs to lock himself in a room and have no life outside of rehab.

Bowling isn't exactly a contact sport, and we aren't reading about a rash of injuries taking place down at the local lanes.

But he did know that his knees were in a weakened state.

Why do anything other than the rehab that the team has him going through?

Why risk it?

Bynum is going to get paid this season, and chances are, unless his knees are so bad that he can hardly walk, the 76ers are going to give him the maximum deal at the end of the year.

Philadelphia isn't going to risk Bynum returning to full health to become a beast in the middle for someone else, especially after they gave up three players to acquire him.

Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part, but it'd be nice to see Andrew Bynum finally take the next step in his development, do what's best for the team—which incidentally, is what's best for him—and stop making headlines for the wrong reasons, no matter how inane and innocent as they may be.

Besides, doesn't he know that you don't roll on Shabbos?