Andrew Bynum has undergone multiple operations on his knees, and the surgeries have taken their toll. Bynum has played limited minutes to start the season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Just being able to play is a positive sign compared to last season when knee problems prevented him from playing in a single game for the Philadelphia 76ers.
But Bynum concedes that his injury history may have permanently sapped his explosiveness.
“I don’t think it’s going to come back,” Bynum said on Monday per the Akron Beacon Journal. “It makes you have to rely more on footwork and skills versus athleticism.”
Bynum says he’s been experiencing pain, but nothing too bad. He is also exercising precautions to begin the season.
Bynum played a season-high 18 minutes in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. He played 7 minutes in his team’s opener against the Nets on Oct. 30 and 10 minutes against the Bobcats two days later. He did not play against the Indiana Pacers because he is trying to avoid playing on back-to-back days.
A lot of people think that the Cavs will be dangerous because they have him. I’m not one of those people. Much like the situation with Greg Oden, I think Bynum’s physical problems will prevent him from being effective or even playing after a few months.
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