Andrew Bynum gives update on knees: “I’m not really optimistic”

Believe it or not, but there are some fans of the Los Angeles Lakers who have been clamoring to have Andrew Bynum back in town showing their unhappiness for Dwight Howard this season.

The funny thing is, a lot of fans in Philadelphia would probably be fine if Bynum left town too.

It has just been that kind of season for Bynum, a season that is seen the Sixers’ 7-foot center gain more headlines for his hair, rehabbing habits and set back with his injured knees. Now comes this not-so promising statement from Bynum regarding his comeback and debut for Philadelphia:

“When I get on the court, that's when I'll be ready."

By that time it may be too little, too late for both Bynum and the Sixers.

Bone bruises in both knees have kept Bynum off the floor this season and are now fending off talk that he recently suffered a setback. Just last week, Bynum said he hoped to be ready for the Sixers by the end of February, but before Philadelphia took on the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, Bynum said he experienced some pain in his left knee stemming from back-to-back workouts over last weekend.

There is soreness, but no swelling in Bynum’s knees which is the silver lining out of all of this.

“It's just not ready. I'm not really optimistic. When I get on the court, that's when I'll be ready. I'm trying as hard as I can. It would suck to play through pain, but sometimes you have to,” Bynum said.

While Bynum (who is making $16.1 million this season and will hit free agency this summer) continues to play the ready-not-ready game with his knees, Philadelphia is simply trying to find out ways to win both at home and on the road. The Sixers are 22-28 this season and sit three games back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, which is occupied by the Milwaukee Bucks, whom Philly plays on Wednesday.

In related Philadelphia knee news, Jason Richardson will undergo knee surgery on Thursday and will be out the next six to nine months. 

It has been that kind of season for the Sixers.