The worst case scenario has developed in Philadelphia. The 76ers rolled the dice when the picked up Andrew Bynum in a massive, blockbuster trade last year. When he arrived, he was far from healthy. After playing more minutes in a season than he had in a long time with the Lakers during the 2011-12 season, Bynum's knees once again gave out. He and the team hoped he would be able to return this year, but now Bynum will undergo season-ending knee surgery.
According to John N. Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Bynum will undergo surgery on both knees. The decision was made after the 76ers took every precaution they could to help protect Bynum's long-term health.
"After many months of rehabilitation and consulting with numerous doctors, Andrew and the doctors treating him determined that this is the best course of action at this point," general manager Tony DiLeo said in a statement.The surgery is a frustrating reminder of the chance Philadelphia took when the gave up Andre Iguodala as part of the deal to get Bynum. Iguodala is not necessarily a star, but he has been a good contributor throughout his career.
The 76ers were hoping to get the player that showed signs of dominance in 2011-12 after years of ups and downs. Last season, Bynum averaged 18.7 points per game and 11.9 rebounds per game. In his career, he has averaged 11.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.