Sixers Update Andrew Bynum's Knee Status: Maybe By Christmas

Sixers Update Andrew Bynum's Knee Status: Maybe By Christmas

The Philadelphia 76ers sent out an update on the status of Andrew Bynum's knee this morning and it doesn't look like you'll get to see the big man suit up for the Sixers until around Christmas at the earliest. According to the update, which you can read in full below, Bynum had an MRI on Monday, November 5th, and was reevaluated by his doctor shortly there after.

[Read Andrew's analysis of the Bynum status update here]

The key line of the update reads, "If the current prognosis holds unchanged, Bynum
would be cleared to resume normal basketball activity by
approximately December 10." He'd then need an additional 1-4 weeks to get into playing shape. But note the salvo there that says "if the current prognosis holds unchanged."

So, maybe you could get an All-Star center in your stocking this Christmas. But maybe not.

The Sixers' full update:

The Philadelphia 76ers continue to be cautious
in projecting an on-court date for the return of Andrew Bynum, and are
carefully listening to the team of medical professionals who are closely
monitoring the healing of Bynum's knee. In mid-September 2012, Bynum suffered a bone
bruise of his right knee. He was examined at that time by Dr. David W.
Altchek of New York's Hospital for Special Surgery, Bynum's longtime
personal doctor who is acting as the lead orthopedist
in caring for Andrew's knee. It was initially communicated to the
Sixers that Bynum should refrain from basketball activity for a period
of four weeks to allow the knee to heal. His knee was re-evaluated on
October 22 by Dr. Altchek, who extended by an additional
four weeks to November 19 the time for Andrew to refrain from basketball activity. Andrew received a fresh MRI and was seen again by Dr. Altchek this past week on Monday, November 5. At that evaluation, Dr. Altcheck extended
Andrew's return date for a second time by an additional three weeks.
However, in what the Sixers believe is an optimistic sign, Dr. Altchek
also indicated that Andrew could immediately resume
low impact exercise. Low impact exercise for a period of two weeks is
to be followed by three weeks of conditioning on an anti-gravity
treadmill.  The doctors and the team will be closely watching how
Bynum's knee responds during this five week regimen. Upon
successful completion, Bynum is expected to be able to resume normal
basketball activity.  If the current prognosis holds unchanged, Bynum
would be cleared to resume normal basketball activity by
approximately December 10.
In addition, the team estimates that Bynum in
turn will need an additional 1-4 weeks thereafter for conditioning,
training and practice before being able to resume game play with
significant minutes. Tony DiLeo, the 76ers General Manager said, "We
know that Sixers fans are eager to see Andrew Bynum play and shine in a
76ers uniform. We also know that 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."

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night.

Wade nailed a 3 from the corner in the final minute to make it a five-point game. Taj Gibson added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the new-look Bulls got off to a winning start after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points. Avery Bradley had 16, and Jae Crowder 14 points, but the Celtics came up short after opening with a win over Brooklyn the previous night.

The Bulls remade their roster in the offseason, jettisoning one hometown superstar and welcoming another when they traded Derrick Rose to New York and signed Wade to a two-year deal worth about $47 million in a move that stunned Miami.

The three-time NBA champion and 12-time All-Star is off to a good start with the Bulls after 13 seasons with the Heat.

Wade hit 4 of 6 3-pointers in this game after making just seven all of last season (see full recap).

New-look Hawks roll past Wizards
ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard dominated the boards in his Atlanta debut, Paul Millsap scored 28 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. ignited the new-look Hawks to a 114-99 victory over the Washington Wizards in their season opener Thursday night.

Howard grabbed 19 rebounds to go along with 11 points, just what the Hawks expected from their new center, and it certainly wasn't unusual for three-time All-Star Millsap to lead the way in scoring.

But Hardaway's performance was totally unexpected given the way he struggled in his first season with the Hawks, when he was largely confined to the bench and even forced to spend time in the D-League.

He scored 21 points, matching his high in an Atlanta uniform, and broke open a close game with back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth. The Hawks, who led only 81-80 heading to the final period, outscored the Wizards 33-19 over the final 12 minutes (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Canadiens rally past Lightning for 6th straight win

Best of NHL: Canadiens rally past Lightning for 6th straight win

MONTREAL -- Max Pacioretty scored the tiebreaking goal in Montreal's three-goal third period as the Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 Thursday night for their sixth straight win.

Alex Galchenyuk and Torrey Mitchell also scored to help Montreal improve to 7-0-1. Carey Price made 29 saves to win for the fourth time in four starts this season.

Alex Killorn scored the lone goal for the Lightning, who lost against an Eastern-Conference opponent for the first time this season. Ben Bishop stopped 23 shots.

With the scored tied 1-1, Pacioretty got the go-ahead goal at 10:23 by beating Bishop glove-side. Blown coverage by the Lightning left the Canadiens' captain all alone on the edge of the face-off circle, and Bishop couldn't see the shot with Andrew Shaw posted firmly in front of goal.

Montreal remains the only NHL team still undefeated in regulation (see full recap).

Crosby's late goal gives Penguins win over Islanders
PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Patric Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel also scored -- each getting his third of the season -- to help the Penguins win for the third time in four games and improve to 5-0-1 at home.

Crosby, playing for the second straight game after missing the first six with a concussion, scored with 2:25 left as he caught a pass from Scott Wilson at the top of the crease and quickly turned to his forehand to put the puck behind Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Kessel added a power-play goal to cap the scoring 32 seconds later.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots while starting for the eighth straight game.

Travis Hamonic and Shane Prince scored for the Islanders, and Halak finished with 31 saves (see full recap).

Streaking Red Wings win marathon shootout vs. Blues
ST. LOUIS -- Henrik Zetterberg scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Zetterberg's goal gave the Red Wings a six-game winning streak.

In the shootout, St. Louis' first shooter, Alexander Steen, scored but then Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk, David Perron, Nail Yakupoc, Robby Fabbri, Patrick Burgland and Dmitrjij Jaskin all came up short.

Gustav Nyquist scored on Detroit's second attempt but Frans Nielsen, Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheehan and Darren Helm all missed.

St. Louis had the better chances in overtime. Center Jaden Schwartz missed a wide-open net early in the extra session. Jori Lehtera was stopped on a breakaway midway through the period by Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek (see full recap).