According to a report by SB Nation, Andrew Bynum played basketball on Monday.
For the first time this season, Bynum hit the court after the Philadelphia 76ers practice to work with associate head coach Michael Curry and athletic trainer Kevin Johnson on his shooting.
This is the first time Bynum has hit the court in front of reporters. In even better news, his knees held up. Although, it was a workout that didn’t include any running, jumping, contact or slam-dunking, Bynum told NBA.com that he felt healthy. Bynum explains that his pain level is “minimal. It’s not hurting.”
When asked if he was pain-free, Bynum answered “yep.” Bynum told the Delaware County Daily, “I feel much better, mentally. I wake up today and I’m ready to go and work out, so that’s good, versus the alternative of sitting around all day and just waiting. The waiting is over. The motion is good.”
Bynum has been on the shelf all season long with bilateral bone bruises in both knees. During the offseason, before being traded to the Sixers in the Dwight Howard trade, he went to Germany to get some German Kobe knees.
Bynum later injured himself while bowling and has been inactive ever since. Bynum sets his sights on a return, although at one point, it was doubtful that he would even play this season. Bynum says “I just want to get back,” he said. “I think, I’m hoping around the All-Star break. That’s what I’m hoping. I have no idea exactly when I’ll be back.”
If Bynum returns around All-Star break, the Sixers may have a shot at the playoffs but they probably can’t wait much long than that.