Sixers' Bynum has doubts about playing this season

The SportsXchange

It's looking more and more like knee problems will keep Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum off the court this season.

Byrum expressed optimism last week about playing at some point this year but changed his outlook Friday while speaking with reporters, citing swelling in his right knee after a scrimmage.

He said he feels no sense of urgency to return this season, which has six weeks left and the Sixers in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. Bynum will beome an unrestricted free agent this summer.

"Now it's getting really late," he said. "I don't know.

"Being healthy is more important than everything else. If I am healthy, I'll get a deal. I have to be able to play and I need to get to the point where I'm healthy to play."

Bynum has yet to play a game for the Sixers after arriving last summer from the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a four-team trade.

Expectations were high for the Sixers this year with Byrum's arrival. The former first-round pick has averaged 11.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game during his career, and 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks last season for the Lakers. But with knee problems that began in training camp and continue well into the season, it remains to be seen whether he will ever play for the Sixers.
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