Would You Rather have Bynum or Darko?
Team president Rod Thorn on Wednesday denied a report by Fox 29 sports anchor Howard Eskin that "the Lakers may have given the 76ers damaged goods" in star center Andrew Bynum.
Bynum, acquired in an August trade, is sitting out the first three weeks of training camp/the preseason to rest his knees and allow a bone bruise in his left knee to improve.
"The injury is what it is - a bruised knee," said Thorn via email. "It takes time to heal. He obviously had knee surgery previously."
Bynum underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair a dislocated kneecap in May 2008 and had his right knee operated on in 2010.
Bynum received plasma therapy injections in German in mid-September, which former LA teammate Kobe Bryant raved about, to alleviate inflammation in both knees. He said he had it done so close to the Oct. 2 start of training camp at the doctor's recommendation to allow it to have the greatest effect on him for the regular season, which begins Oct. 31.
Eskin also said he "is getting the sense there is a more serious injury with Andrew Bynum's knee than the Sixers are telling us."
Yikes. What a mess.
You can see why the Magic wanted nothing to do with Bynum.
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