Atlantic Division News: 76ers Center Andrew Bynum To Undergo Knee Surgery

Dec. 21, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; A detail view of the knee brace worn by Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Before you get alarmed (or excited?) let me preface this quickly by saying Andrew Bynum’s season is notin trouble.

He will be undergoing knee surgery in Germany only as a precautionary measure, which could be viewed one of two ways, of course:

1) Bynum’s continually bum knee is still unstable and it will be a problem as it has been.

2) It will finally be addressed, healthy, and the Celtics (and the rest of the Atlantic Division) are in trouble.

As to which of these outlooks you take is likely a matter of whether you are an optimist or a pessimist, with so little information being released to the public regarding the details of the surgery. Heck, even if they were, I’m not an orthopaedic surgeon, so I might not be able to make any sense of it, anyway.

All that aside, this surgery is worth taking note of because the Sixers now represent a legitimate threat in a way they were not a year ago.

A Jrue Holiday and Andrew Bynum pick & roll offers a lot of problems for most teams defensively, and Bynum’s post game will open up a new look for a Sixers offense that has struggled in the past. Expect 76ers coach Doug Collins to fully be able to utilize the second best center in the league once he is healthy.

Topics: Andrew Bynum, Atlantic Division, Philadelphia 76ers

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