Bynum's return to practice pushed to December

Associated Press Modified: November 12, 2012 at 9:01 pm •  Published: November 12, 2012
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Bynum said his uncertain contract status was not playing a role in the decision to rest until he's ready to go out and dominate. However, Bynum said he could play through the bone bruise had the Sixers been in a playoff series.

"As far as getting better, I think this is the way I need to handle it," he said. "It's tough. I want to get out there, I want to play. It's just a roller coaster. Obviously, missing games is not good. I want to be out there, I want to be there with my teammates."

Without Bynum, the Sixers took a three-game winning streak into Monday's game against Milwaukee.

Bynum has already had surgery on both knees. In September, he went to Germany for injections of plasma-rich platelets that supposedly stimulate healing in arthritis-affected areas in both of his knees.

Bynum won two NBA titles in seven seasons with the Lakers and called their coaching carousel "crazy." The Lakers fired Mike Brown five games into the season, flirted with Phil Jackson then hired former New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni late Sunday night.

"It's tough," Bynum said. "You've got that caliber team, it's a shame what happened. I think he'll be back around."

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