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."


Joel Embiid unhappy with how Sixers handled injury updates

Joel Embiid unhappy with how Sixers handled injury updates

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Joel Embiid will miss the next four games and is slated to return March 3 against the Knicks in Philadelphia, so long as he is symptom-free. While Embiid wants to play as soon as possible, he’s just glad there is now a definitive timetable announced.

Prior to Thursday, the team had not announced a specific timeframe.

“I wasn’t too happy with the way it was kind of handled before,” Embiid said. “I saw the day-to-day part. I was told that I was going to miss at least two or three weeks. So I wasn’t happy with the way it was handled.

“I thought keeping my name out there was going to just like literally have people think about me all the time instead of just saying when I was going to be back. So I’m happy that they did that today and they said that I’m out for the next four games.”

Embiid suffered a left knee contusion on Jan. 22 against the Trail Blazers. He sat out three games and returned on Jan. 27 to play the Rockets. He has not played since then, sitting out the last eight games.

An MRI also revealed Embiid has a slight tear in his meniscus, which is not thought to be related to the contusion.

Embiid went through a full practice on Thursday for the first time, he estimated, in four or five weeks. (Wednesday’s practice was not intense.) According to the Sixers, they are encouraged by the progress Embiid showed but do not feel he is game-ready. Team doctors are holding him out the next four games to minimize the risk of aggravating his knee. In order for him to be cleared, Embiid has to be symptom-free.

Embiid had eyed a return on Friday against the Wizards because he was feeling well, he said, but he had some swelling on Thursday.

“No swelling, no pain, nothing,” Embiid said of his criteria to play.

Now the team -- and fans -- can move forward without daily questions of Embiid’s status.

“I think it’s good for everybody,” Brett Brown said. “For you all to understand, the people that buying a ticket to understand, for me as a coach to prepare my team that he’s not going to be here for four more games. I like that clarity. I’m fine with it. Obviously, you want him playing, but the mystery that surrounds that speculation I think is frustrating for people and we understand that.”

Embiid reiterated the patience aspect of the injury, noting he waited two years to rehab his foot and there is no need to rush his knee. Now everyone can be in the loop with his status.

“The end point is basically making sure I’m ready to play instead of just putting me out there,” Embiid said.

In Justin Anderson, Sixers get solid defensive wing who was buried in Dallas

In Justin Anderson, Sixers get solid defensive wing who was buried in Dallas

On the surface, the Nerlens Noel trade doesn't look good.

The Sixers on Thursday traded the third-year big man to the Dallas Mavericks for forward Justin Anderson, center Andrew Bogut and a top-18 protected first-round pick. That first-rounder turns into two second-round picks if it doesn't convey in 2017. Yuck. And double yuck.

The only hope in this trade comes in Anderson. The former first-round pick has the look of a prototypical NBA wing. At 6-foot-6 with a nearly 7-foot wingspan, he has the frame to disrupt passing lanes and the bulk at 228 pounds to muscle up stronger swingmen.

At Virginia, Anderson was a key cog for a team that was ranked as high as No. 2 and earned a 2-seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. After that season, Anderson opted to forego his senior year and enter the NBA draft. He was selected 21st overall by the Mavericks in 2015.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett preaches defense and Anderson was one of his finest disciples in that regard. Offensive limitations and being a part of a balanced attack with the Cavaliers caused Anderson's stock to drop. Despite shooting 45 percent from three in his final season, Anderson was considered a streaky shooter and, frankly, that's remained the NBA.

His rookie season was one to forget. The Mavericks were competitive in the Western Conference, finishing as the 6-seed and losing to the Thunder in the first round. Anderson couldn't find his way into Rick Carlisle's rotation. Dallas' never-ending supply of point guards coupled with the sharpshooting duo of Wesley Matthews and Chandler Parsons relegated Anderson to just 11.8 minutes a game his rookie season. In his limited time, he shot 41 percent from the field and 27 percent from three.

Unfortunately, it's been a similar story this season, but with some glimmers of hope. Anderson is still losing minutes to Matthews and also big free-agent acquisition Harrison Barnes, who's having a strong first season with the Mavs. But over a three-game stretch in late January, Anderson averaged 15.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20 minutes per game. He also shot 6 of 16 (38 percent) from three during that span.

“I don’t want to sell myself short,” Anderson said to the Star-Telegram during that run. “I still think that I can be a really great player in this league, but I think it’s going to take a lot of hard work.

“I think [the early-season struggles] may be the best thing that’s happened to me in my career. All we can do is wait and just keep working hard, push through it and hopefully one day it’ll all pay off."

The most promising numbers in Anderson's young career are that he's averaging 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per 36 minutes as a pro. At the very least, Anderson should develop into a solid defensive wing. If he develops offensively, who knows?

Per ESPN's Kevin Pelton, "Noel and Anderson (who just sneaks over the bar) are both among the 21 players in the league who have averaged 2.0 steals per 100 team plays and blocked 2.0 percent of opponent 2-point attempts or better in at least 500 minutes."

It's tough to argue that this trade was a good one for Bryan Colangelo. With that said, Anderson could still turn out to be a decent NBA player. He needs minutes and patience, two things the Sixers can offer in spades.