Updates from Wednesday, May 7
The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday center Andrew Bynum will miss the remainder of the NBA Playoffs and will not be with the team.
“We want to thank Andrew and our medical staff for trying to get the issues with his knee resolved,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “We wish him the best in the future.”
Updates from Thursday, April 17
Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star reports on Andrew Bynum's status with the Pacers heading into their opening round series vs. Atlanta:
Updates from Friday, Mar. 21
The Pacers have an update on Bynum:
Injury update: Andrew Bynum has continued soreness and swelling in his right knee and will be out indefinitely.— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 21, 2014
Bynum will continue to undergo treatment. When there is an update from the Pacers’ medical staff, it will be passed on.— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 21, 2014
Updates from Thursday, March 20
NBC Sports' Brett Pollakoff provides a statement from Pacers head coach Frank Vogel discussing Andrew Bynum's injury status:
“He played in the Detroit game, aggravated a previous condition and had some swelling in there,” Vogel said. “He’s going to be out for a little while.”
Oft-injured center Andrew Bynum is dealing with renewed concerns surrounding his balky knees after a couple promising performances with the Indiana Pacers. His status remains up in the air as doctors check out an MRI to determine the severity of the potential setback.
Bynum didn't play in the team's win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. Based on comments passed along by the Pacers Tuesday, it doesn't sound like this was an instance of simply taking it slow in order to prevent another major injury:
After today's practice, Bynum said doctors are still reviewing the MRI on his knee but that "this one is a little more concerning for me."— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 18, 2014
The center scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his team debut one week ago. He then skipped a matchup with Philadelphia before returning on Saturday against the Detroit Pistons. He played 20 minutes, scoring 15 points to go along with nine boards.
Will Bynum be a valuable commodity again?
Those type of numbers are exactly what they Pacers were hoping for from him: solid production in limited minutes off the bench to provide an extra boost for the roster during the playoffs. The hope was that less action overall would keep him healthy.
While it's still possible this is only a minor issue, Bynum doesn't sound overly encouraged about what the doctors are going to say. He's been through these issues enough that when he says he's concerned, it doesn't bode well for the outlook.
Dave Furst of WRTV in Indianapolis gets the same feeling:
#Pacers Andrew Bynum not making the trip to NYC. Says "didn't expect my knee to feel this way." Sounds like he'll be out for a while.— Dave Furst (@DaveFurst) March 18, 2014
Looking ahead, it's hard to project the Pacers getting any type of meaningful contributions from Bynum. He played 36 minutes over the span of five days and problems have already popped up. Even the overly cautious approach didn't work.
That said, his production when he was on the court explains why teams continue to give him a chance. He was averaging nearly a double-double despite playing just 18 minutes per contest. If he could stay on the court, he would still be a useful piece for a contender.
Unless the results of the MRI are better than Bynum seems to expect, it appears the Pacers will have to continue the title hunt without him, at least for the time being.