(PHILADELPHIA) — The Philadelphia 76ers are still waiting for center Andrew Bynum to make his debut for the team, and they’ll likely have to keep waiting for a while. Bynum is expected to be out of action until sometime around January.
The team is targeting December 10 for Bynum to be cleared for all basketball activity and practice with the team for the first time. But the team also said that he will need an addittional one to four weeks of conditioning before he can play in a game.
“We know the Sixers fans are eager to see Andrew Bynum play and shine,” Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo said. “We also know no one is more eager to see Andrew play for the Sixers than Andrew himself. He fully realizes the key contribution he can make to the team. Hopefully, that day is coming soon.”
Bynum was the Sixers prized offseason acquisition. He was part of the four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. He is considered one of the best centers in the entire NBA, but he’s struggled with knee issues throughout his career.
In 60 games with the Lakers last season, Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.
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