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08:08 AM ET 08.14 | New Sixers center Andrew Bynum may show up in Philadelphia a brand new man. [Bynum] will head to Germany in early September to have the same experimental procedure on his knee that Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill and Alex Rodriguez have undergone, according to a West Coast source with knowledge of the situation. Bynum has had surgery on both of his knees. It is unknown whether the procedure will be performed on the one knee or both. According to the source, Bynum???s knees are fine and the procedure is non-surgical. ... The procedure is a derivation of platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP. The procedure, which is not yet performed in the United States, is less invasive than many, if not all, other forms of knee surgeries presently used.

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August 14, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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Good luck young fella. You've got your own team now. Time to be a man while you are "the man" in Philly.

Don't hold your breath, mine friend.

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August 14, 2012  09:41 AM ET

Just Don't Park On The Autobahn, Bro.

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August 14, 2012  09:53 AM ET
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For me it's an interesting story to watch play out. Lots of questions there but if he has a huge season Philly should be pretty good. In many respects I still don't think I know who Bynum will become.

That last part is what bugs me about him; still don't think I know who Bynum will become.

August 14, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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Good luck young fella. You've got your own team now. Time to be a man while you are "the man" in Philly.

Yes indeed, if this kid can get his head on straight and keep it that way, then he will be a hell of a good player for Philly!!!

August 14, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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Just Don't Park On The Autobahn, Bro.

Lame

August 14, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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Why did it take too long to make the decision? Didn't he make the same mistake two years ago when he waited after the season ended did the surgery? He did it again, Ooops! lol

I for one was for keeping Drew but if I were Mitch I'd have been P'd off for his timing (not doing it earlier and being ready for the season start). His waiting was a choice not a mistake and that is why I'm now glad LA busted a move.

August 14, 2012  10:24 AM ET

Last year Bynum was durable as he was among the top 25 NBA players in minutes logged per game. He will be fine and a perennial All-Star as the Sixers challenge in the East for years to come???

August 14, 2012  10:55 AM ET

Bynum, why mess with what's not broken? All the players before you that had this procedure performed; did it upon injury, I know your doing some preventive maintenance, but you should be good if you prepare well. However, if you see the need to take care; then take care, you should be the "man" in Philly, great coach and a young fresh team that have never experience what you have "winning."

August 14, 2012  12:12 PM ET
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The FDA is claiming your own bone marrow and blood spun in a centrifuge is a "Drug"......

Actually, that's not what the FDA is claiming.

But.....all materials (man-made or organic) used in the medical treatment of injuries and desease must be approved for use by the FDA. That includes modified organic material (in this case, blood) of the patient that will indergo the medical procedure.

Also, all 'types' of medical procedures must be vetted and approved by the FDA before they can be performed without restriction. As of right now, this particular type of treatment/therapy for these athletic injuries have not been approved.

That's the hold-up in this country.......the approval of the procedure.

August 14, 2012  12:22 PM ET
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Last year Bynum was durable as he was among the top 25 NBA players in minutes logged per game. He will be fine and a perennial All-Star as the Sixers challenge in the East for years to come???

This year is the only 1 in the last 5 years that he did not miss a large number of games due to injury and you want to call him durable? Not to mention he is selfish, immature and lacks leadership. He has been in the league for 7 years with career avg 12 pts and 8 rbs and he only made the all star team once in a league lacking real centers. He is who the Sixers will be counting on to be the center piece of their franchise. Good luck.

August 14, 2012  12:29 PM ET
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Bynum, why mess with what's not broken? All the players before you that had this procedure performed; did it upon injury, I know your doing some preventive maintenance, but you should be good if you prepare well. However, if you see the need to take care; then take care, you should be the "man" in Philly, great coach and a young fresh team that have never experience what you have "winning."

Do you think you are talking to Bynum? Do you think he is reading this blog?

August 14, 2012  12:31 PM ET
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Contract year = 100% effortWatch outhe will have mvp-like #s this year

Yup...and then probably live in mediocre land the rest of his career..isnt that usually what big men do after getting that max?

 
August 14, 2012  02:56 PM ET
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Do you think you are talking to Bynum? Do you think he is reading this blog?

LMAO...........

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