The Philadelphia 76ers announced Monday that the team will take precautionary measures with center Andrew Bynum and will withhold him from his basketball activities for the next three weeks in order to maximize the therapeutic effects of the Orthokine therapy he received earlier this month.
Bynum was examined by Dr. Jack McPhilemy of Main Line Health in Philadelphia and was diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right knee. The club is suggesting the big man to sit out a maximum of 21 days to ensure the surgery worked correctly and to run low level conditional drills.
Bynum is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the regular season, but is considering staying in the city of brotherly love for a possible longer stint. During a press conference held in downtown Philadelphia in July, he was asked if he was considering a contract extension with the Sixers.
“To be honest, my first experience here’s been so great, I’m really looking forward to making this my home,” he answered. If you know Philadelphia fans, the roar of their excitement was jubilation even to him. Bynum grew up outside of Philadelphia in Plainsboro, N.J. and will be well received if he decides to sign with the Liberty Ballers.
The 7-foot giant also isn’t a newcomer to knee injuries. In the past, for his right knee specifically, he recently had surgery on it following the 2009-2010 NBA regular season. In this instance, however, Bynum will still be ready to play for the season opener against the Denver Nuggets. If the big guy doesn’t get hurt, the Sixers can make some noise in the Atlantic Division this coming season.
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