(PHILADELPHIA) — The Philadelphia 76ers are taking no chances with their new franchise player. The team has announced they will sit new center Andrew Bynum for three weeks as he recovers from a recent knee procedure.
Bynum went to Germany last month to receive injections of plasma-rich platelets in his knees. It is a non-invasive procedure. Players like Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez have undergone the same procedure in the past.
Knee issues have been an issue for Bynum in his seven-year career. Despite playing in 60 out of a possible 66 games last season, Bynum has missed significant time in the past with knee injuries.
The 24-year-old Bynum was acquired by Philadelphia in the four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Last season, he averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN