76ers Andrew Bynum expects to practice in 1-2 weeks

By Steven Mitchell,

ALERT! Andrew Bynum plans to make his Philadelphia 76ers debut this season. Yeah, everyone in Philadelphia has heard that one before.

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The Sixers center told the media that he believes he is a week or two away from joining practice, according to Comcast SportsNet. Bynum has upped his basketball related activities and is on his way to full contact practice.

'I'll definitely be back sometime this year,'' Bynum said. ''I'm focused on getting back and being right versus trying to rush.''

The Associated Press reports that Bynum worked out for 80 minutes Tuesday and that his knees are feeling better. He went on to say that he believes that they will never be pain free again.

''I want to be healthy,'' he said. ''I think everybody knows what I can do at this point in this league. The question with me is going to be are my knees going to hold up.''

The Sixers acquired the 7-foot center from the Los Angeles Lakers last summer. He is coming up on missing his 52nd straight game so far this season. Bynum’s return has been pushed back numerous times since training camp started.

Bynum is set to be a free agent after the season and knows that this season could possibly have hurt his chances at a five-year $100 million contract.

'I'd be a risk but I don't do risk assessment,'' he said. ''That's for the front office.''

The Sixers, 22-29, are four games behind the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference and hope that their star center gets good news from Dr. Jonathan Glashow in New York on Wednesday.

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