An MRI exam conducted on Andrew Bynum's knees showed even more problems for the 76ers center, Bynum said Friday.
PHILADELPHIA — An MRI exam conducted Tuesday on Andrew Bynum’s knees showed even more problems for Philadelphia’s center, Bynum said Friday.
The results showed new developments: cartilage swelling in both knees and a bone bruise in his left knee, he said. The 7-foot, 285-pound Bynum previously had been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right knee.
Before Friday’s game against Utah, Bynum said he had experienced a setback in his rehab, which 76ers officials hope will make him available to play by the middle of January. Bynum, 25, said there has been no adjustment to his timetable for a return.
“I had a little bit of a setback, and we’re just working through some issues with the right knee,” said Bynum, an All-Star who has yet to practice with the Sixers since being acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in August.
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“I kind of have a mirror thing going on with my left knee. I don’t know what’s going on, but the doctors are saying pretty much that it’s a weakened cartilage state.”
Bynum, who said he has not had cartilage problems before, had the MRI done independent of the Sixers.
General manager Tony DiLeo said Bynum will play “when he’s ready, and it’s hard to predict when he’s ready, hopefully sooner than later. Our main concern is Andrew’s health. We want to have a long relationship with him.”
Jrue Holiday scored 26 points as Philadelphia beat Utah 99-93 to snap a three-game home losing streak.
Knicks finally lose
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Zach Randolph had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Marc Gasol scored 24 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat New York 105-95, handing the Knicks their first loss of the season.
Memphis (7-1) has the best record in the league. Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points for the Knicks (6-1).
Lakers speed it up
LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant had 31 points, Metta World Peace made five three-pointers while scoring 22 points and the Los Angeles Lakers played coach Mike D’Antoni’s style of up-tempo basketball in a 114-102 victory over Phoenix.
Dwight Howard had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Lakers improved to 3-1 under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff, a former Sonics coach who guided the Lakers on Friday because D’Antoni wasn’t quite ready for sideline duty while recovering from knee surgery earlier this month.
D’Antoni was hired to replace Mike Brown, who was fired last week.
Blazers win in OT
PORTLAND — Nicolas Batum tied a career high with 35 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 119-117 in overtime.
Rookie guard Damian Lillard from Weber State scored 16 of Portland’s last 21 points and finished with a career-high 27.