The Rock wrote:Well then, Magic
http://sulia.com/channel/basketball/f/8dcf7b8a-4792-4e97-a69d-6d90c5237f32/?source=twitterMagic, though, thinks it's more of a bum attitude than anything physical.
"I loved playing basketball so I would play in pain. I did that for many years," Johnson said tonight on ESPN’s KIA NBA Countdown. "Andrew Bynum was here in Los Angeles with the Lakers. He wasn’t a guy who could tolerate pain. When he was injured, he wasn’t a guy who worked hard to get back. This doesn’t surprise me.
"Now we see why Kobe Bryant had trouble with the big man because when you think about Andrew, he’s a guy who never liked criticism. He’s not a gym rat. I think he plays because hey, I’m getting paid and I’m in the spotlight, but I don’t think he loves to play."
Sources: Drew Considering Knee Surgery
John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 2:02 AM
The 76ers and center Andrew Bynum are considering arthroscopic surgery on the player's right knee in order to clean out loose cartilage, a procedure that could likely end the season for the center they traded so many young assets to acquire, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Bynum suffered a setback in the form of swelling in his right knee following his participation in a five-on-five scrimmage, first reported in The Inquirer Feb. 22. While the Sixers have been unable to practice recently due to their schedule, Bynum would not have been able to participate due to the swelling in his knee, which was also first reported by The Inquirer.
Bynum said his left knee "feels good."
Following practice at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on Friday, Bynum acknowledged that his season might in fact be over.
"Now it's getting a little late, so I really don't know," Bynum said when asked if he were considering sitting out the final two months of the 76ers season. "I played in one scrimmage and [I have] a four- to five-day setback," Bynum said. He added that he is "just getting treatment and trying to push the fluid out" of his knee.
"I still think I can play," Bynum said, "but like I said, the season is short."
And growing shorter by the day for the teammates he has never shared the floor with since being traded to Philadelphia.
The Sixers (22-34) suffered their season-high seventh loss in a row at Chicago on Thursday, a setback that placed them six games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They have lost eight road games in a row, and they have won just one road game in 2013, over the Los Angeles Lakers on New Year's Day.
The Sixers will try to break their losing streak at the Wells Fargo Center when they host the surprisingly good Golden State Warriors. After that, the Sixers will have 25 games remaining in the regular season. Of those remaining games, just nine are at the Wells Fargo Center. Of their last 16, 12 are on the road.
Sixers coach Doug Collins has tried all season to impress upon the Sixers that they must continue to play hard without Bynum, who last season with the Lakers earned second-team all-NBA honors after averaging 18.7 points on 55.8 percent shooting, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks.
"From training camp on, I've tried to say, 'You know what, we don't have Andrew. We've got to play and then hopefully we get him back and he's going to really help us.' I haven't been waking up every morning saying, 'I hope he gets back today.' Do I hope that? Sure I do, but I've got to focus in on these guys who are playing every night," Collins said.
Bynum, acquired from the Lakers in a 12-player deal, had serious knee issues with Los Angeles. He had surgery in 2008 for a dislocated left kneecap and on his right knee in 2010 because of torn cartilage. He played every regular-season game only once in seven seasons with the Lakers.
Bynum, who is earning more than $16 million this season, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Sixers hold his "Larry Bird" rights and therefore can pay him more than any other team. However, the Sixers must seriously consider the ramifications of re-signing a player with a history of knee problems.
In order to acquire Bynum last summer, the Sixers, who also acquired injured shooting guard Jason Richardson in the trade, dealt Andre Iguodala to Denver, and Maurice Harkless, Nik Vucevic, and a conditional first-round draft pick to Orlando.
Sources say Andrew Bynum has a degenerative condition in his knees; I'm no orthopedic surgeon, but that doesn't
sound like something that ever gets better. The best he can hope for is to manage the condition and hope to eke out a few more seasons. To that end, though, he is truly in a Catch-22: he has to ramp up his workouts and conditioning to get in playing shape, but his knees don't seem capable of handling ramped-up workouts and conditioning. He would be garnering far more sympathy if he hadn't developed a reputation in L.A. for not being diligent about following his rehab program after his initial knee issues. 9 minutes ago
by Jason Wolf, USA TODAY Sports
Updated: 03/03/2013 09:50pm
WASHINGTON — Philadelphia 76ers general manager Tony DiLeo said that Andrew Bynum is considering arthroscopic surgery on his balky knees and that the organization has yet to decide whether to attempt to sign the one-time All-Star center once he becomes a free agent after this season.
Arthroscopic surgery to clean the loose cartilage out of Bynum's knees would ensure he does not play for the Sixers this season. Philadelphia entered Sunday night's contest trailing Milwaukee by 5½ games for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with 25 games to play.
Building around Bynum remains the team's preferred option, if he's healthy.
"He is Plan A," DiLeo said Sunday before the Sixers played the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center, speaking publicly for the first time since Bynum announced a setback in his rehab from what could be career-threatening knee injuries on Friday.
khmrP wrote:Pho has to take a chance on this guy, look at the miracle that is JO this season
hoopschick03 wrote: Andrew is 25, and turned down $58 million because he wants a $100 million.
Chillbongo wrote:hoopschick03 wrote: Andrew is 25, and turned down $58 million because he wants a $100 million.
Really? When did he turn down $58M?
hoopschick03 wrote:Chillbongo wrote:hoopschick03 wrote: Andrew is 25, and turned down $58 million because he wants a $100 million.
Really? When did he turn down $58M?
Right after the trade. Philly stepped up, offered him the 3-year max totaling $58 million. And FWIW, Mitch told Drew that Philly would offer up the extension...and that he should take it. But Drew and his agent thought they could gamble on those defective knees, make it to 2013 FA healthy and get the full 5 years.
As of Feb. 10 (six months after they traded for him) Bynum could sign a max extension, which is three years at just shy of $60 million.
Conversely, a team cannot extend a player it receives in trade for six months, if the extension exceeds the limits of an extend-and-trade1.
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA
Andrew Bynum will undergo season-ending surgery on both knees, source tells Y! Sports.
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