By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After
a few several many false alarms, it appears as if Andrew Bynum is set to actually play basketball for the Sixers, and pretty soon.
Bynum dunked at practice on Tuesday, something he hadn’t done, even in practice, since the Sixers traded for him in July. He ran sprints on Monday, also a first for Bynum, who has been keeping his cardiovascular conditioning up on an elliptical machine and more recently, a gravity-reducing treadmill, which allows Bynum to train without the pounding of running.
“[We’re taking] baby steps,” said Bynum Monday, via Max Rappaport with sixers.com (see video of Bynum’s workout at this location). “Still no [lateral] slides, but I dunked yesterday. I was happy to know I could still do that, which is good. [We’re] just taking it really, really slowly.”
The dunking and sprinting is new, but taking it slowly certainly isn’t. Bynum’s recovery has been hindered by bone bruises, arthritis, and cartilage loss (and bowling) until this point, so it’s natural to be waiting for the other shoe to drop with Bynum’s recent progress.
It’s nothing more than a feeling, but I think it’s safe to say this time, barring disaster, is for real.
KYW’s Matt Leon talks with PhillyBurbs.com’s Tom Moore about Bynum and the Sixers matchup with the Wizards: