Putting aside Andrew Bynum’s interesting hair style choice for a second, let’s take a deeper look at the comments he made to the mainstream media regarding the latest setback (I guess that’s still the proper term.) with his knees. While we review Bynum’s words, let’s also remember a short-lived article posted back in November that had an interesting prediction for those same knees.
In short, on Tuesday Bynum pushed back the timetable for his Sixers debut yet again, by stating that he could begin practicing with the team in “a week, could be two” and is “a couple weeks out” from going live against defenders. He then followed those gems with this comment, “I’ll definitely be back sometime this year,”
That last comment is interesting to me because Bynum has an appointment today with yet another doctor – Dr. Glashow. Glashow as you may recall just happens to be the same doctor who recently determined Jason Richardson’s nagging knee needed season-ending surgery. Glashow then performed that operation earlier this week.
“He said he has some new software or something that can show what’s going on,” Bynum said about Glashow. “I’m waiting to see what he says.”
Ohh boy. Does anyone else see where this is headed?
If it is determined today that Bynum does in fact need surgery, it would be ironic as surgey is something that Jason Wolf of delawareonline.com wrote back in November could be in store for Bynum’s knees after he spoke with an “internationally respected orthopedic surgeon”.
If you think back to November you may recall that shortly after Wolf’s story on Bynum’s knees started generating a huge buzz on Twitter, it magically disappeared from delawareonline.com. But given yesterday’s news on Bynum we’d like to remind you of what was written in that article.
Here is the alarming and now very relevant section from Wolf’s November article…
“One internationally respected orthopedic surgeon, who is not involved with Bynum’s treatment and has not seen his MRIs, told The News Journal that all of the information that has been released by the player and the Sixers points to a likely diagnosis of osteochondritis dessicans lesions. The surgeon said that if this is the case, there’s a small chance that Bynum’s knees could heal sufficiently on their own in time for him to return for the playoffs this season, but called that scenario “wishing on a star.”
“While they can heal non-operatively, they can take a long time [four to six months] to heal, and in adult athletes, frequently they will require surgical intervention at some point if there isn’t adequate healing within the first several months of treatment,” the surgeon said.
(You can read the full article by Wolf here.)
However, in addition to the above comments Bynum gave yesterday, he also proclaimed that surgery wasn’t a possibility.
“I don’t see any surgery,” Bynum said. “None of the doctors are saying, really there’s nothing there for me. That’s kind of the real issue. The diagnosis is to grind up the cartilage that’s kind of loose, and you’ll feel a lot better. And that’s what we’re working on. That’s what we’re doing.”
Still, Dr. Glashow and his new technology are the same medical tandem that discovered a need for J-Rich to go under the knife because of an articular cartilage lesion on the medial condyle of his left femur bone. Richardson had also visited numerous knee specialists before visiting Dr. Glashow and receiving his season ending diagnosis.
So don’t be surprised if it’s determined today by Dr. Glashow that Bynum needs surgery. If that’s how the Bynum 2012-13 saga comes to an end, then we should all tip our caps to Mr. Wolf for a job well done way back in November.