ByNOMS: Does Andrew Bynum Need Season-Ending Surgery and Hate Basketball?

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Little nuggets of Andrew Bynum bites, sized for your pleasure (but most likely not hers):

Jason Wolf, writing in two different publications – the Courier Post and Wilmington News Journal – brings us our first two nuggets.

1) An “internationally respected orthopedic surgeon, who is not involved with Bynum’s treatment and has not seen his MRIs” told Wolf that Bynum may have osteochondritis dessicans lesions (got that?), which would most likely require surgery: [Wilmington News Journal]

One internationally respected orthopedic surgeon, who is not involved with Bynum’s treatment and has not seen his MRIs, told The News Journal that all of the information that has been released by the player and the Sixers points to a likely diagnosis of osteochondritis dessicans lesions. The surgeon said that if this is the case, there’s a small chance that Bynum’s knees could heal sufficiently on their own in time for him to return for the playoffs this season, but called that scenario “wishing on a star.”


Apparently, it makes no difference who you are.

That’s fine. Troubling, really. But I’m not a fan of these doctor says-style reports. Basing a diagnosis of Bynum’s knee troubles on information released by Bynum and the team, which runs the gamut from bone bruise to weakened cartilage, is risky at best and reckless at worst. That said, it would shock no one if he needed season-ending surgery. And the cone of silence surrounding his injury is getting louder (is that possible?), as evidenced by number two: 

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No, not him

2) Today, Wolf wrote that Bynum’s doctor, David Altchek, has been advised by Bynum’s agent not to speak about his patient's injury: [Courier Post]

Dr. David W. Altchek of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, Bynum’s longtime personal orthopedist, said late Tuesday night that agent David Lee does not want him discussing his client’s knees with reporters.

Earlier in the day, Altchek agreed to speak with The Courier-Post about specifics regarding the injured All-Star center’s “mystery” knee condition, pending approval from the team. Sixers officials waited until shortly before tipoff of their 106-98 victory over the Raptors Tuesday night before indicating that only Lee could approve such a request.


This is hardly surprising. I can’t remember the last time a player's doctor was allowed to speak about a vague injury (it's also illegal without consent). Of course, if Bynum really is injured seriously, then it’s in his best interest to keep it quiet up to the point that he can’t anymore (surgery). Bynum is a free agent at the end of the year and he stands to get the biggest contract of his life. There’s no need to further spook potential employers.

3) There other side of this coin – the one that should really piss you off – is that perhaps Bynum isn’t hurt as badly as we think. Maybe he just has a nagging injury that he wants to baby for as long as possible, so that he doesn’t hurt his market value (because really, it only matters how healthy he is at the end of the season). Yesterday, CBS Philly’s Spike Eskin spoke to SLAM Magazine editor Tzvy Twersky, who cited a former teammates of Bynum’s:

“I started investigating [the bowling] a little bit,” Twersky said. “And one of the people that I hit, a guy who has played with him before, he texted me back and said ‘I don’t know if that’s true [the bowling], but I do know that I’ve never met another player in the league who likes basketball less [than Bynum].”  


Yeah, that’s good. Just three more (rather speculative) reasons why many were worried about the Bynum era.


20 Responses

  1. Bynum or no bynum, this team is made up of snipers. Him returning would just make a good team even better. It’s a win win. GO SIXERS!!

  2. Bynum era? More like Bynum “error”. With the Sixers having structured the team (not to mention their marketing campaign) around having Bynum at center, they’re looking more and more screwed as their donut hole lineup (no center) won’t cut it against the better teams in the league since they have absolutely ZERO presence in the paint. I mean, when you’re being consistently outrebounded and outmuscled under the basket by lightweights like Detroit and Toronto, you’ve got trouble out the ass. Welcome to Jeff Ruland 2.0!

  3. The News Journal and Courier-Post are both owned by Gannett. Being that I used to work for that God-awful company, I know that they are either using the same stuff in both papers or they’re working him to death to put out original content in both publications.

  4. @joseph Braccia
    huh? what did we give up to get Bynam??? Iguodala’s remaining awful contract. How does that compare at all. Beat it.

  5. he hates basketball SOOOOOOOOOO FUCKING MUCH that be put up a 19 and 12 average last year…. all while shooting at a 56% clip
    and to the fickdace saying “we gave up too much”. The only people we traded were the bum that every fucker in this city wanted gone, and the 2 draft picks everyone made fun of and who are no good (i take that back vucecic however you spell it, is half decent… but no need for him when you have bynum and hawes).
    THEY GAVE UP NOTHING to get the best big man in the NBA and the chance to offer him more money… if he is hurt, and they dont resign him and he never plays… THEY LOSE NOTHING
    you people are so fast to make a joke, or to call someone a bum you never look at any sort of facts… EVER.

  6. also to the “no presence in the paint”
    J.J. Hickson
    Paul Millsap
    Josh Smith
    Dwight Howard
    Al Jefferson
    Nikola Pekovic
    are all a few names that are free agents next year… who they can use all the money they just freed up to go ahead and sign. This move has no risk except for half a season unless he actually does need surgery.
    Noone expected him to start the season OR to play 82 games.. being that he NEVER FUCKING HAS !

  7. @boom
    We also gave up last year’s first round pick Nick Vucevic, this year’s first round pick Moe Harkless, and another future first round pick. It’s not as if Iguodala was worthless. The Nuggets were willing to give up Aaron Afflalo, Al Harrington and a first and second round pick to get him. If Bynum never plays a game for the Sixers, then Iguodala as a trade chip was wasted because we could’ve at least gotten SOMETHING for him. Al Harrington kinda sucks but Afflalo is actually decent and a first round pick is good. The package the Nuggets gave up is better than nothing.

  8. Thankful he’s not signed long-term. Guy is screwing himself for next season. Who’s giving big money to a guy who can’t even bowl?

  9. @Slammin Gretzky’s Daughter
    the nuggets are overhyped, iggy and them arent doing anything.
    vucevic, harkless? are you joking? you’re actually complaining about losing those guys? maybe if we actually drafted somebody worth somebody, not a guy like Harkless I’d complain, and that pick we gave up was lottery protected.
    It’s crazy to think you wouldnt make that deal to have a shot at having the best center without question in the East. They also did it with no risk, so in case it was a bust, they werent locked into anything.
    It was a no-brainer great move and attempt to completely 180 the franchise. Did you see how many people turned out for just Bynam’s arrival? People actually gave a legitimate damn about this franchise, which was awesome. It was the Sixers shot at being a legit contender, you think that was happening with Vucevic and Harkless and whatever garbage a team would have given us for Iggy if we hadnt have made the play for Bynam.
    It was a low-risk, high-reward deal, you make that move every time.

  10. remember when people tried to say we were as good as the Heat because Bynum was that good? Or at least easily the 2nd best team in the east?
    LOLZ. Let us remember that Bynum gets hurt once every other week when he’s healthy too.

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