Philadelphia 76ers big man Andrew Bynum’s 2012-2013 season ended this week before it even began.
According to ESPN.com, the team announced that Bynum – who has missed the entire year with bone bruises in both knees – underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees on Tuesday.
“After many months of rehabilitation and consulting with numerous doctors, Andrew and the doctors treating him determined that this is the best course of action at this point,” general manager Tony DiLeo said Monday night. “We will continue to monitor and evaluate his status moving forward.”
Since being acquired in a trade from the Lakers last summer, Bynum has still never played a game for the 76ers. Now, some are worrying that he may never play in a 76ers uniform.
“I feel like everybody’s been worried about Andrew the whole season,” All-Star guard Jrue Holiday said. “It’s like, all right, let my man breathe. I guess right now he’s going through a tough time. I’m just praying for him and hoping everything’s OK.”
After being an integral part in two Los Angeles Lakers championships, the 25-year-old All-Star was touted by many as the savior for the down 76ers franchise. With him, Bynum brought playoff expectations to Philly. He was supposed to carry the load, but as it turns out, his knees couldn’t even carry him.
Still, Bynum is holding out hope and knows that taking it slow is the best way to prevent future injuries. Plus, he knows he needs to get healthy before the Sixers will be willing to commit to a long term contract with him.
“I think being healthy is more important than everything else,” Bynum said. “If I am healthy, I’ll get a deal. I have to be able to play and I need to get to the point with my body where I’m able to play, however long that takes.”
There wouldn’t be much he could do to help Philly’s playoff chances this year anyway. At 25-40, Philadelphia is certainly not playoff bound, but one can only wonder what the team’s record would have been in 2012-2013 with a healthy, active Andrew Bynum.