I hate to say I told you so, but Andrew Bynum’s inability to stay healthy will be the demise of the Philadelphia 76ers. His right knee was already garbage and likely to keep him out until January. Now, it’s been revealed that Bynum’s left knee is now hurt as a result of going bowling. No, that’s not a joke.
Bynum had this much to say about it Friday night, via Brian Windhorst and Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:
“I had a little bit of a setback, and we’re just working through some issues with the right knee,” Bynum said before the Sixers beat the Utah Jazz on Friday night. “I kind of have a mirror thing going on with my left knee. I don’t know what’s going on, but the doctors are saying pretty much that it’s a weakened cartilage state.”
“I’ve just got to wait for the cartilage to get stronger, and that’s pretty much what’s going on,” Bynum said. “The pain is about the same, but there is swelling in both knees that we have under control. It’s the same spot, bone bruise on both sides.”
Nice and vague, no? Well, come to find out that Bynum suffered the injury to his left knee while bowling.
Bynum’s love for bowling is nothing new; in fact, a quick Google search shows there are already pictures and videos online of him bowling back in his Laker days, including the following:
Suffice to say, this dude loves to bowl.
But considering he’s rehabbing a pretty serious injury, especially for someone of his size, shouldn’t he be on strict orders from a Sixers team doctor not to be bowling? I’ll assume he doesn’t have a “love for the game” clause like Michael Jordan that lets him hit up the local bowling alley whenever he feels like it.
I get that Andrew Bynum is just trying to do what he loves to do while he rehabs his knee, but these kinds of things don’t happen to other guys in the league that don’t already have a lot of question marks about their maturity.
I feel like anytime Andrew Bynum does something new that affects him adversely, people say “Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call.” At what point do we just concede that he’s never waking up?