Sunday , Nov , 25 , 2012 Paul Eide

Will Andrew Bynum Ever Actually Play For 76ers?

On Saturday, the 76ers announced Andrew Bynum is out indefinitely.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Is he ever going to be healthy again?

At this point, you really have to wonder if he will even play at all this season. The Sixers had already pushed his return timetable back four previous times, and now this. Bynum had made significant strides in terms of his initially injury, which was a bone bruise on his right knee. But two weeks ago, Bynum hurt his left knee while he was bowling.

At a press conference, general manager Tom DiLeo announced the news, which is easily the last thing any Sixers fan on the planet wanted to hear.

“We don’t know when he’ll be back,” DiLeo said. “Only Andrew’s body can answer that question. When he feels better, we can step up the rehab program. We just have to wait to see how he reacts to the rehab.” Throughout the press confernce, DiLeo sounded like a man who was under a lot of pressure thanks to the four team trade he pulled the trigger on to bring Bynum to Philly and shipped out fan favorite and the Sixers best player Andre Iguodala to get him.

“We’ve said all along that we need some patience and that this is a hard-to-predict healing process. Andrew, how his body reacts is the indicator in how and when he can take the next step in his rehab program.”

But even when the trade was made, didn’t it seem weird that the Sixers seemed so willing to forget Bynum’s history of chronic knee problems? Finding a franchise center is incredibly difficult, and Bynum is certainly that when healthy, but ignoring the past doesn’t make you an optimist.

“We want to put this behind us now and focus on the rest of our team,” DiLeo said. “We don’t know when he’s coming back, but we have a good team out there. We have a great coaching staff that’s doing a great job. We’re playing hard every night and we just want to focus on the team going forward.”

Believe it or not, Bynum has been a pro for seven seasons already, though it feels more like three or four thanks to all the injuries and missed time due to knee problems. He has played a full 82 games in only one season as a pro.

Mitch Kupchak loooks as though he’s worked his magic again.

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