The injury-riddled Andrew Bynum was supposed to practice on Wednesday but ended up being held out because of continued “discomfort” in his right knee, according to Philadelphia 76ers general manager Tony DiLeo. Head coach Doug Collins said he has “no idea” when their franchise center will make his official debut and that the team will have to figure out a way to win without him, according to a report from Tom Moore of PhillyBurbs.com:
“I have no idea,” Collins said. “It’s all hypothetical. We’re not going to look over at (Bynum as) a lifeline. If this team feels like we can’t win without him, we won’t win.”
Bynum was targeting a return on Wednesday after getting shots in his knees on Monday but the pain didn’t subside and he said he thinks the swelling is “an indication of what’s going on.” In September, he had gone to Germany for plasma therapy on both knees. He said if it were up to him, he’d play through the pain but DiLeo and Collins have remained firm on their policy of not bringing Bynum back until he is 100 percent. DiLeo has given no timetable for when he expects Bynum to be pain-free.
The Sixers tip-off their regular season at home on Halloween against the Denver Nuggets, the team that acquired Sixers forward Andre Iguodala in the trade that sent Bynum packing from the Lakers. With the regular season less than a week away and with Bynum clearly not healthy enough to practice, it’s doubtful that he would have enough time to work out with his new team and thus it seems more likley than not that he will miss the start of the regular season. The team went 6-1 without Bynum in the pre-season.