Andrew Bynum, one of the key players involved in the multi-team blockbuster trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, has been battling a knee injury, but is expected to ready to go for the team's opener at the end of the month. Bynum is entering his first year with the Philadelphia 76ers after spending his entire career with the Lakers. His knee has been a concern virtually his entire career.
Bynum is on target to return for the 76ers season-opener at the latest, but he and the team are shooting to get him back on the court about a week before that says Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News. Bynum says his knee is improving and he has been able to spend this time learning his new team and watching tape.
"I feel pretty good, I'm definitely getting better," said the soft-spoken Bynum. "I've been really trying to get to know the offense because it's all brand new. I've got a DVD so I'm going to watch some tape on it so I can familiarize myself on it for when I get back out."Bynum has averaged 11.7 points per game in his career, but he has shown flashes of greatness. It's clear to anyone who watches him play that when healthy Bynum can be one of the best front court players in the NBA. Last season he averaged 18.7 points per games and 11.8 rebounds per game. He also averaged 35.2 minutes per game which was the most in his career.
The 76ers finished 35-31 last season and made the playoffs. They lost during the Eastern Conference semis, but hope to build on last year's success. Bynum can help them do that. The main concern, as always, will be Bynum's health. He played in 60 out of the Lakers' 66 games last season and looked healthier than he had in years past. The 76ers hope that trend continues this season.