I feel pain walking around, so it’d be silly to go out and start playing basketball right away (once cleared) because it’s just going to get worse,” Bynum said, noting that the swelling in his right knee is gone. “If this was the Finals and we have a chance to win, I’d be able to play. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? But why risk anything when you have time to come back and be 100 percent?…It’s arthritis in the knees and the cartilage is missing. It’s not going to regrow itself.”
One must wonder if Andrew Bynum is ever going to play another NBA game. After Bynum re-injured his knee bowling, the real question became: “How can Bynum ever withstand the rigors of twisting, bending and flexing his knee in an NBA game if he can’t even execute a simple 7/10 split on a bowling alley?”
As funny as that may sound, there’s only a macabre humor in it. Bynum was at one point the second best center in the NBA. Some might say he still is. But it’s hard to give him the nod over other young centers like Greg Monroe, DeMarcus Cousins, Marc Gasol, Nikola Pekovic, DeAndre Jordan…and so on runs the list…when he’s not able to play basketball.
The 76ers have held their own without Bynum, which is almost more depressing: How much better would the team be with Andrew Bynum manning the paint?
There’s something to be said for a team going 12-9 without their best player. But is Bynum even the Sixers best player? Can he return to be at the level he was, which would make him their best player?
Because as it stands, Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner are the future of the Sixers. And mostly because they are on the court.
…At least for the meantime, Bynum has went retro, and I mean 1870s retro, with his hairstyle. It harkens back to the days of Frederick Douglass, and if Bynum can’t play basketball at least he can entertain us with his unique hairdos.