The Andrew Bynum saga continues to feature a new twist just about every day.
This time, the weakened cartilage in his left knee is the result – wait for it – of going bowling last Saturday. That was Bynum saying that himself before the Sixers hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers last night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Two nights ago, Bynum said he had cartilage damage in his left knee as well as bone bruises on both knees. The latest twist revolved around bowling.
“I didn’t do anything,” Bynum said. “I didn’t twist it or fall. I just kind of broke off cartilage and it made the bone bruise bigger.”
Bynum said he goes bowling on a regular basis and didn’t think anything of it beforehand.
“Obviously, I think it happened bowling, to be honest,” Bynum said. “I don’t think anybody could have told me I couldn’t do that. I was doing squatting and low-impact training. So, it is what it is. The cartilage is in a weakened state. That’s what the doctors tell me. Now, I’m going through the same thing that I have on the right, in the left. It’s identical.”
Truthfully, Bynum was out until at least Dec. 10 anyway when he was hoping to resume basketball-related activities. With one to four weeks of conditioning to follow, the potential of a mid-January return seemed logical.
Now, nobody knows.
Will Bynum ever suit up in a Sixers uniform? Will he even be here beyond this season?
Good questions. As of now, there are no concrete answers.
“I have an issue with my knees,” Bynum said. “We’re trying to resolve it. There’s really nothing to do. There’s no surgical procedures that would help or are safe to do at the moment.”
Before the season, Bynum traveled to Germany to undergo the popular Orthokine treatment on his right knee. Now, it’s his left knee.
It’s natural to wonder if Bynum should have even done anything strenuous like bowling in the first place. He gets it.
“I’m sure some people would feel like that,” said Bynum, who played in 60 out of a possible 66 regular season games last season for the Lakers. “But I’m kind of taking the position, if that happens bowling, what happens dunking?”
All anyone can do now is wait. And wonder.