revgen wrote:Incorrect. He needs a brace for one knee. The one with the torn MCL from 2009 after Kobe fell into him. The brace protects the torn MCL. The left knee that buckled in 2008 doesn't require a brace.
His big problem is that his knees are somewhat arthritic and the meniscus tissue is thin. Braces aren't going to help with that. The clinic doctors are working with him to build leg muscle around the knees to add as an extra shock absorber and doing realignment exercises to help with the "v-angle" that he has. So far, he has shown no setbacks in full-court drills and his knees are feeling fine.
Or maybe, I should say that you don't know the why just the what. His knees are bowed and that puts pressure on the ligaments in those knees. the meniscus tissue is thin because of that. He tore his MCL because of that. You think that everyone's knees give out when someone falls on them? You think that LeBron never had someone fall on him? Or Shaq? Their bodies aren't/weren't flawed in that way and it's why they don't have to worry about it as much. That's WHY his knees have been degenerating over the years.
Obviously anybody falling into a leg enough or at just the right angle will give out, but Bynum's body is more prone to such injuries because of the way he's built biologically. Why do you think those "clinic doctors" are trying to build more muscle around the joints? Why do you think that's what needs to happen? Because his knees are built differently than other people's and are prone to certain movements.
It's not anything negative about Bynum himself, it's just a fact of life. Everyone is built differently and everyone has problems because of that. Every person has these problems.