Andrew Bynum Injury: Updates on Cavaliers Star's Knee Injury

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIOctober 16, 2012

The 76ers have once again received some bad news regarding their newest superstar, center Andrew Bynum

UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7:12 p.m. ET

The Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer has the latest on Bynum:

In an exclusive interview with The Plain Dealer, his first since the press conference announcing his signing on July 19, Bynum said he's on schedule to return this season and there have been no setbacks since he started working out at the Cleveland Clinic Courts in late July.

"I moved here a week after the press conference, I've been here ever since -- day in and day out just working,'' he said, referring to the team's practice facility. "I'm there, focused. I'm doing everything I can do to get back. That's what all this is all about for me right now. I just want to play."

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UPDATE: Friday, March 1, at 1:54 p.m. ET by Josh Benjamin

Bynum nor Sixers fans can seem to catch a break this season. is reporting that due to his latest setback with his knees, Bynum may sit out the entire season.

Bynum acknowledged that the idea of him not playing at all this season is becoming a possibility, but refused to commit one way or the other.

"It's getting late. I don't know," said the 25-year-old, who has yet to play this season after being acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers last summer in the same deal that sent Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets.

Needless to say, Bynum's future just got a lot bleaker. He is set to hit unrestricted free agency in July and given how his 2012-13 season is now essentially lost, there's no telling what kind of contract he'll be able to score, if any at all.

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UPDATE: Friday, March 1, at 1:14 p.m. ET by Josh Benjamin

Sorry, Sixers fans, but it looks like Bynum took another step back in his rehab. According to a tweet by John N. Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bynum has insisted again and again that he will play this season, but now it's looking more and more unlikely that he'll suit up for the nose-diving Sixers. Philadelphia needs a lot of help in the middle, but Bynum can't provide that if he keeps experiencing setbacks.

As of now, it's looking like Philadelphia are the biggest losers in the Dwight Howard trade, as every other team involved has enjoyed at least some progress from the deal.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8:04 p.m. ET by Mike Hoag

It looks like Philadelphia may finally get to see its offseason trade acquisition on the court this season. Andrew Bynum was a participant in a full-team practice on Friday, Feb. 22, according to John N. Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

According to at least two of the sources, Bynum, who has been working out with coaches and team medical personnel exclusively, participated in a five-on-five scrimmage with teammates. Just how long the scrimmage lasted was unknown.

The 76ers were optimistic Bynum would see action action around the All-Star break and this latest reporting is in-line with that, albeit a little delayed.

Getting Bynum back in the immediate future will be crucial for a Sixers’ comeback this season. They have currently dropped out of the playoff picture and are trailing eighth-place Milwaukee by three-and-a-half games.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 9:59 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Andrew Bynum (knee) is reportedly targeting a return right after the All-Star break, according to's Tom Moore.

Andrew Bynum considered trying to make his 76ers debut prior to the Feb. 14-19 all-star break.

But Bynum, the injured center, said instead he’s set his sights on “right after” the break.

'I talked about that for a while,' said Bynum prior to Monday night’s game against the Grizzlies. 'I think giving myself a full other week of training camp is going to be better than trying to come back before that. To me, it doesn’t really matter when I come back.'

The Sixers visit the Timberwolves on Feb. 20, which is the first of 31 games to close out the regular season.

Sixers GM Tony DiLeo said earlier Monday that Bynum could practice with the team as soon as next Monday.

Bynum has also been dunking in practice recently, which is a great sign for his recovery, according to's John Finger.

In his weekly update, Sixers injured center Andrew Bynum said he has picked up his workouts ever so much and even dunked a basketball during Sunday’s session.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 27, at 6:16 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

According to a league source, Bynum could return to action before February's All-Star break (via the Inquirer's John Mitchell):

League source: Bynum could be back before All-Star break.

— john mitchell (@JmitchInquirer) January 27, 2013

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UPDATE: Tuesday, January 22, at 11:00 a.m ET by Michael Cahill

Those hoping to see Bynum make his debut for the 76ers might have to wait a little while longer. 

Marc Narducci of is reporting that while Bynum is making progress, he's still missing one crucial element to his comeback. 

Bynum told Narducci: 

"I still haven't done lateral movement, and that will be the biggest test. Cutting is the last thing to do, and I think I am building up to that slowly but surely."


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UPDATE: Monday, January 14, at 3:00 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

It's been a while since any good news was heard on the Andrew Bynum front, but it seems the Philadelphia 76ers big man is getting closer to returning to the court.

We start with the following update from Shams Charania of

Andrew Bynum's been running on treadmill and shooting privately for short while now. Told reporters today he could play by All-Star break.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 14, 2013

There's more. According to the staff, Bynum is currently going through shooting drills and feeling better than he has in a long time, as the rehab is apparently going well:

On his rehab progress

I'm coming along well. I'm up to running now – on the [anti-gravity treadmill] at a steady eight-mile-per-hour [pace] for 20 minutes, so that's good. I'm incorporating [more explosive exercises with] weights, too. Stuff for my legs and upper body.

He's still not ready to get back to action, as there is still much to be done before he is moving at full speed:

On his timing and touch on the court

Touch feels good. Timing I've yet to work on, lateral movement yet to work on. We've still got quite a ways to go, but we're making good progress.

Bynum's morale has certainly improved:

On how good it feels to be back on the court

I feel much better, mentally. I wake up today and I'm ready to go, and I can work out, so that's good. Versus the alternative of just sitting around all day waiting. The waiting is over, so now I'm in motion, and it's good.

He has a positive attitude and good things seem just around the corner

On his optimism about the progress he's made

[These signs] are the best I've had in a long time, so they look really, really good to me.

Pop over to the page to check out video of Bynum shooting around, the rest of the interview and more.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 21 at 5:45 p.m. ET by Mike Hoag

Sometimes any news is good news. Philadelphia 76ers GM Tony DiLeo said Bynum could resume his rehab regimen, according to the team's official Twitter account:

Update: #Sixers GM Tony DiLeo says Andrew Bynum has been cleared to increase activity w/ rehab plan in place. Still no timetable for return.

— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) December 21, 2012

Despite that spell of hope, DiLeo tempered expectations in his next breath. He said that a return may not be happening just yet, according to Tom Moore of (via Twitter):

#Sixers DiLeo: 'hard to predict if (#Bynum) can get back' in time to make impact this season.

— Tom Moore (@tmoorepburbs) December 21, 2012

The 76ers are just 12-14 on the season and could certainly use the man it traded away Andre Iguodala for. From the sound of things, though, Bynum still has a long ways to go before he's even ready to begin thinking about getting back on the court.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11 at 11:29 a.m. ET

Speaking with reporters yesterday, Andrew Bynum shed some light on his condition. The Delaware County Daily Times' Christopher A. Vito has the latest:

'Health is going to be an issue. There's nothing I can really do about it. It's arthritis in the knees. Cartilage is missing. That's not going to regrow itself. Maybe in the future, the next three to five years, there may be something out there that really does help. For right now, it's a waiting game,' [Bynum said]

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UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 10 at 6:50 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Andrew Bynum spoke about his ailing knees and confirmed that nothing is certain about his return. 

The Philadelphia Daily News' Bob Cooney reported the following quotes from the All-Star center:

Bynum says " worst case scenario it's another month, best case scenario he can ramp it up." MRI scheduled for 12-20

— Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) December 10, 2012

Bynum: "there's really nothing I can do about it. It's arthritis in the knees."

— Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) December 10, 2012

Bynum: "it's arthritis in the knees and cartilage is missing."

— Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) December 10, 2012

Everyone involved with the 76ers will be hoping for the best case scenario as the seven-footer's presence would greatly improve the team. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 5 at 7:29 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter John N. Mitchell, the swelling in Bynum's knees has gone down:

Andrew Bynum's agent, David Lee, said Tuesday that the 76ers center would have his knees examined again on Dec. 20.

Bynum has not played this season for the Sixers as he recovers from bone bruises to each knee and weakened cartilage. He will have a battery of tests conducted, Lee said. The agent added that the swelling in Bynum's knees had gone down.

The 76ers are 10-8 and third in the Atlantic Division without their franchise center, but it's safe to say that they would love to have him back to complement the emerging backcourt duo of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner.

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John N. Mitchell of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the following:

The plan for Bynum's return to the court is for three days of practice beginning Oct. 24. Collins plans on a break for the Sixers on Oct. 27 and then practice the next three days before the team opens the season at home against Denver on Oct. 31.

UPDATE: Saturday, November 24 at 6:19 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

The bad news just continues to trickle out about Bynum's knee issues. According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the 76ers center is now being classified as "out indefinitely:"

Sixers GM Tony DiLeo said tonight that Andrew Bynum now out indefinitely. Sixers previously hoped for mid-Dec. return to practice

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) November 24, 2012

With the season seemingly slipping away from Bynum, you have to start wondering whether Philadelphia will see a return on its offseason investment at all in 2012-13.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 21 at 8:59 a.m. ET

A surgeon outside of the 76ers organization commenting on Andrew Bynum's situation believes the 76ers star could face season-ending knee surgery, according to The News Journal's Jason Wolf.

The truth is that the 7-foot, 285-pound former All-Star center who has yet to play a game as a Sixer may be out for the season and will learn in December, at the earliest, whether he’ll require surgery that could sideline him for up to a year...

...One internationally respected orthopedic surgeon, who is not involved with Bynum’s treatment and has not seen his MRIs, told The News Journal that all of the information that has been released by the player and the Sixers points to a likely diagnosis of osteochondritis dessicans lesions. The surgeon said that if this is the case, there’s a small chance that Bynum’s knees could heal sufficiently on their own in time for him to return for the playoffs this season, but called that scenario 'wishing on a star.'

'While they can heal non-operatively, they can take a long time [four to six months] to heal, and in adult athletes, frequently they will require surgical intervention at some point if there isn’t adequate healing within the first several months of treatment,' the surgeon said.

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 5:10 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter John Mitchell, Bynum confirmed that bowling was the cause for his most recent setback:

Bynum just confirmed that the damage to his knee occurred while bowling.

— john mitchell (@JmitchInquirer) November 18, 2012

John R.Finger of also supplied a quote from the talented center:

Bynum: "If I did that bowling, what would happen when I dunked?"

— John R. Finger (@jrfingerCSN) November 18, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 12:02 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Chris Broussard, Bynum suffered a setback in his recovery while bowling:

Multiple sources told ESPN on Saturday that Bynum suffered an unspecified injury this month while bowling. On Friday, Bynum revealed that -- on top of the issues with his right knee that could keep him sidelined until January -- he also had suffered a "setback" with his left knee.

Why was Bynum bowling while he was recovering from a knee injury? That's a great question. But it shouldn't surprise anyone, considering that it's Bynum.

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 16 at 6:40 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

Andrew Bynum suffered a setback in his latest attempt at recovery, and his timetable to return is uncertain. Bob Cooney of reported the quotes from the latest press conference: 

I had a little bit of a setback. Just working through some issues with the right knee I kind of have a mirror thing going on with the left knee. I don't know what's going on. The doctors are saying it's a weakened cartilage state so we kind of wait, I guess. We can't do anything. I just have to wait for the cartilage to get strong.

The center goes onto to say that he will follow the same timetable for return, but that is hard to say with so many unknowns. He even described the latest setback as "a weird issue" compared to previous injuries.

The lack of knowledge about the situation should be cause for concern for the 76ers. 

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 16 at 6:28 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Bob Cooney of the Daily News reported on Friday that Bynum has encountered a setback:

Bynum has setback as he says there is swelling and cartilage damage in left knee. Other injury is in right knee

— Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) November 16, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 11:05 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Rough news for 76ers fans and fantasy owners as the team announced that it isn't expecting to see Andrew Bynum (knee) in action for weeks, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Sixers announce Andrew Bynum projected to resume hoop activity Dec. 10 but likely to need 1-to-4 weeks of practice/conditioning from there

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 12, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Sorry, 76ers fans. Good news surrounding Bynum will have to wait at least a bit longer. According to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, the date of Bynum's regular-season debut is up in the air:

Sixers say in a release that they are being very cautious about new center Andrew Bynum's knee injury and have not pinpointed a debut date.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 30, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 24 at 1:10 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Andrew Bynum (knee) did not practice today due to discomfort, according to Calkins Newspapers and's Tom Moore.

Bynum did not practice with right knee discomfort. DiLeo to talk to media.

— Tom Moore (@tmoorepburbs) October 24, 2012

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia's Dei Lynam reports that Bynum will be out until he is pain free:

Bynum out until he is pain free says. Dileo. No running yet.

— Dei Lynam (@dlynamCSN) October 24, 2012

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Bynum has struggled with knee issues during the offseason, and the Sixers have taken precautionary measures to keep him healthy. Mitchell reports that Bynum will get an injection of Synvisc-One, a substance that treats osteoarthritis.

The All-Star center also underwent a platelet-enrichment procedure in Germany this summer to help with his condition. This is the same treatment that was used by his former teammate, Kobe Bryant.

The Sixers will be hoping the rest and remedies will help Bynum stay healthy after landing him in the offseason’s biggest trade. Bynum moved from the Los Angeles Lakers to the 76ers, while Dwight Howard landed in L.A. and Andre Iguodala left Philadelphia for Denver.

If Bynum is able to stay on the court enough to perform at the same level as he did last season, the Sixers will be getting a 7’0” center who averaged 18.7 points and pulled down 11.8 rebounds. Both of these marks were career highs. 

However, he has struggled with injuries in the past and played in all 82 games just once during his seven-year career. Bynum has incredible potential, and the trade will certainly be worth it as long as he remains healthy. 

Check back here for updates on his condition going forward. 


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