Bynum to Head to Germany for 'Non-Invasive Knee Procedure', Says Source Confirming What Bynum Said

Bynum to Head to Germany for 'Non-Invasive Knee Procedure', Says Source Confirming What Bynum Said

Sixers beat writer for the Inquirer, John Mitchell, authored a blog post today saying that a source told him Andrew Bynum will head to Germany in September to have a "non-invasive knee procedure." It's unclear if his source was Andrew Bynum, but the former Laker told reporters the same thing back in May, according to this ESPN story. It's the same procedure his old teammate Kobe Bryant received and spoke highly of:

"He just told me it helped him out," Bynum said of Bryant's advice
after his exit interview with Lakers coach Mike Brown and general
manager Mitch Kupchak.

Bynum said he could undergo the treatment
on both of his knees, depending on the results of an MRI he will have
done in the coming months.

"Nothing feels wrong," Bynum said. "It's supposed to regenerate tissue and stuff like that, so I want to check that out."

So, Bynum has had this planned for a while. But does it worry you at all?

It's that thing where they take your own blood and put it into a magical machine that turns it into super blood by spinning it super fast and making it extra-awesome. Then they shoot it back into your knees and it makes them feel seven years younger.*

*not exactly but something like that.

New Inqy Story: Source: Bynum to have non-invasive knee procedure

Old ESPN Story From May: L.A. Lakers' Andrew Bynum to have Orthokine therapy in Germany

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.