Stop us if you have heard this before: Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum, acquired in a multi-team deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers, will be out until early January at the earliest because of a bone bruise in his right knee.
Philadelphia said Monday that the new goal was for Bynum to resume “normal basketball activity” around Dec. 10. He would then need three to four weeks of conditioning and practice before he can play in his first game for the 76ers.
Bynum has not even practiced with the 76ers this season after being injured in September.
Bynum dealt with multiple injuries during his seven-season stint with the Lakers. Since becoming the starting center for the Lakers in the 2007-08 season, he missed the following number of games:
2007-08: 47 (dislocated left kneecap)
2008-09: 32 (torn MCL in right knee)
2009-10: 17 (torn meniscus, right knee)
2010-11: 28 (torn meniscus)
2011-12: 6. (suspension, sprained ankle)
So, hopefully, 76ers fans aren't too surprised by this news, because as any Lakers fan can tell you, Andrew Bynum will not play a full season. Better to get the injury out of the way now, rather than at the end of the season.