Nov 4, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum (33) looks on against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

Philadelphia 76ers Andrew Bynum's Knee Injury Makes Celtics' Path Easier

 

There’s a lot of things NBA players do during their free time.  Some play video games.  Others watch themselves perform in video clips.  Others hunt.  You get the idea.

Some bowl.

Andrew Bynum fits this latter category, and could he make any worse decision than to participate in a sport that puts awkward twists and turns to the knees and ankles?

Monta Ellis got injured riding a moped, so that ranks a little worse in the realms of things you shouldn’t do while getting paid millions to play basketball.

That doesn’t make Bynum’s choice to bowl any more excusable.

But hey, if Bynum wants to roll the dice on his NBA career to pick up a few strikes and spares, that’s all the better for the struggling Celtics.  Philadelphia has been holding their weight without Bynum, which only indicates that with him healthy they would be a huge threat to the C’s and indeed to the rest of the Eastern Conference.

Since Darko Milicic is now gone for the season, the holes in the Celtics’ interior defense are only going to be more glaring.  Not that we really ever got to see what the C’s could be with Darko on the court.

The fact of the matter is, that removing the second best center in the league from a division rival can only help.  It might seem wrong for Celtics fans to be pleased by an injury, because shadenfraude is an ugly feature in the human psyche, but a sigh of relief can be released knowing that the Sixers have gone from being very dangerous to just another team in the east.

 

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

-Andrew Bynum

So yes, Andrew, you had a little bit of a setback, but it really begs the question:  If your knees aren’t anywhere close to being healthy enough to bowl on, how long will it be before they can handle the rigors of NBA action?

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