The team won’t say it, but I will:
Don’t expect to see Andrew Bynum in a Sixers uniform opening night. Expect to see him in a nice jacket and shirt.
Sixers fans will get to see Andre Iguodala that night running the floor in Denver Nuggets powder blue (that’s who the Sixers face), but they are not going to see the guy they traded Iggy to get. Welcome to life with Bynum.
He was set to start practices with Philadelphia on Wednesday but felt “discomfort” in his knee and was pulled out of drills. The Sixers have been cautious with Bynum and that is not changing now, the team’s GM told CSNPhilly.com.
“We are going to hold him from basketball related activities until he is pain-free,” general manager Tony DiLeo said. “He is improving so it is nothing new, but it is something that is not completely healed, so we are going to hold him out until he is pain-free.
“He is a big investment for our team so we want to be cautious and we want to make sure, especially at the beginning of the season that it is healed and we can put him out on the court at the right time.”
The Sixers open play in a week and Bynum has not even practiced with the team. Both Bynum and DiLeo would not rule him out of the opener, but we can all do the math.
Bynum’s arthritic knees are not new news, but he went to Germany this summer for the “Kobe Bryant treatment” then on Monday had a Synvisc injection to help add lubrication to the joint. But he suffered a bone bruise in pre-camp workouts and everything is still not right.
“It is progressively getting better,” Bynum said. “I am not as sore. They are being cautious. The doctors, the team, we are all cautious because we want to avoid any kind of setback. That is where we are. I am being reevaluated and I will be alright.”
Sixers fans, be patient. You can ask your Laker fan brethren and they will tell you this is how it goes with Bynum’s knees. Two steps forward, one step back. It takes a while. But you’ve pushed your chips into the pile with Bynum, you’re committed. So it’s better to be patient here and get him right. Even is that is frustrating.