Are Andrew Bynum’s knee woes are worse than he is letting on? In a new report from The Courier Post, Andrew Bynum’s agent has told his orthopedic doctor in New York not to discuss any of the details of the Sixers knee issues. The doctor approved an interview request with the paper but was quickly shut down on the terms of discussion by David Lee, Bynum’s agent. The Courier Post then moved on to “one of the top orthopedic surgeons in America” who is not treating Bynum, but made judgements based on the information that has been released. And it’s not good news.
According to The Courier Post:
Andrew Bynum’s agent is apparently not ready to share details of the knee ailments that have kept the 76ers’ center sidelined indefinitely. Dr. David W. Altchek of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, Bynum’s longtime personal orthopedist, said late Tuesday night that agent David Lee does not want him discussing his client’s knees with reporters.
One of the top orthopedic surgeons in America, who is not involved in Bynum’s treatment and has not seen his MRIs, told The Courier-Post Saturday that all of the publicly available information points to a probable diagnosis of osteochondral lesions, a condition that may keep Bynum out for the season. If this is the case, the surgeon said, there is a small chance the condition may heal on its own within four to six months, but that will likely keep Bynum out of action until late March or April, at the earliest. If it doesn’t heal, the 25-year-old Bynum will require surgery that could sideline him for up to a year. He should learn if he needs surgery by as early as December.