Bynum has knee drained, will stay in Indy for treatment
Andrew Bynum won’t join the Pacers on their trip to New York, but instead will stay in town to treat swelling in his knees that are causing him pain — and to miss games.
“The knees are still swollen so he’s going to stay behind to get some work in here and some treatment here,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said following Tuesday’s practice. “We’ll see where he’s at when we get back.”
Bynum, who was in practice gear but didn’t participate on Tuesday, admitted there’s some concern for his recent setback. After scoring 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds in exactly 20 minutes of work Saturday night in Detroit, Bynum has experienced significant swelling in his right knee to the point where he underwent an MRI and had it drained Monday afternoon.
“This one is a little concerning for me because it caused a lot more fluid,” he said. “I haven’t had that much fluid in there since like the (2010) Boston Finals in L.A.”
That was almost four years ago.
“It’s not fun,” Bynum added. “It is what it is at this point.”
Doctors analyzed the MRI Tuesday morning, according to Bynum, and he expects to know more Tuesday afternoon.
As Vogel has said, they knew what they were signing up for. But that doesn’t mean it’s any easier to deal with.
“[It's] not really disappointing at all, to be honest,” he said. “We knew he was going to be in and out of the lineup. He’s got some problems with his knees, we’re well aware of that, and we’ll be excited with what he can give us when he’s in there.”
When that might be, however, is unclear.
Bynum has 23 points and 19 rebounds to his name in two games (36 minutes total) with the Pacers.