Despite voyaging to Germany last month to undergo the identical non-surgical knee treatment that Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill and Alex Rodriguez have had done in recent years, Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins said yesterday that center Andrew Bynum needs another injection in his right knee before the season begins on November 4 against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“He (Bynum) said he’s feeling better,” said Collins, 61, who the 76ers selected out of Illinois State University with the first overall pick in the 1973 draft. “I think he’s set for another injection. Eventually they are going to pick up him running on the treadmill and that will be a huge step.”
Collins, who was hired to coach Philadelphia’s organization in May 2010, then explained the injection involves lubricating Bynum’s joints.
The surly 24-year-old, who the Los Angeles Lakers chose as a 17-year-old out of St. Joseph High School in New Jersey with the 10th overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft, landed in the “City of Brotherly Love” as part of a four-team, 12-player deal in August.
Bynum is already beset with two surgically-repaired knees and, no matter how minor, “another injection” is concerning.
The 7-foot, 285 pound Bynum, a member of the All-NBA Second Team last year after averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in 60 games, is a legitimate, and superior, force in a shrunken league where the invaluable center position is nearing extinction.
Unfortunately for 76ers supporters, Bynum is also an utter hemorrhoid whose bummed patellas make him as steady and agile as Ozzy Osbourne on high-proof bourbon.
The lackadaisical 2012 All-Star will either ruin his joints, or exhaust his welcome, in Philly prior to his 28th birthday.
As damaged goods, Andrew Bynum will prove incapable of taking many “huge step(s)” for the Philadelphia 76ers.by