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Andrew Bynum suffers setback in knee, could sit out all season

Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum speaks to reporters at the team´s NBA basketball training facility Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Philadelphia. Bynum remains sidelined with right knee pain and is a long shot to play in the Oct. 31 opener. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum speaks to reporters at the team's NBA basketball training facility Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Philadelphia. Bynum remains sidelined with right knee pain and is a long shot to play in the Oct. 31 opener. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Sixers center Andrew Bynum revealed to reporters Friday that he has suffered some swelling in his knee.

Bynum acknowledged that the idea of him not playing at all this season is becoming a possibility, but refused to commit one way or the other.

"It's getting late. I don't know," said the 25-year-old, who has yet to play this season after being acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers last summer in the same deal that sent Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets.

When asked about the notion that he doesn't want to play through pain, Bynum didn't disagree.

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  • "That's true, I don't want to play in pain," the Sixers center said.

    Bynum then reiterated the fact that he doesn't care about the public perception of that:

    "I'm 25. It's my life."

    Bynum has not participated in any basketball activities since last Friday, but doesn't plan on shutting it down entirely. "I need to stay in some type of shape. I work when I can and take days off when I can."

    Since he is against the idea of completely shutting it down, maybe Andrew realized that if he wants to continue to get paid for playing basketball, at some point he will actually need to play.

    When asked if he thought he needed to play in order to get paid next year, Andrew responded by saying he doesn't know if he will get a contract.

    Bynum, does not want to live a life with no knee cartilage, but he is holding out hope..in science.

    "They just grew cartilage in a petri dish, science is looking at it," Bynum stated, possibly alluding to the future creation of cartilage. "Doctors are looking at it,they’re going to come up with something."

    In the mean time, it doesn't look like the Sixers should expect to see Bynum out on the court any time soon.

    Philly.com Staff
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