74 days after the rumor first tantalized us, 7 days before the Sixers tip off their season at home against the Denver Nuggets...today is the day when Andrew Bynum is expected to set foot on the practice floor with his teammates. Three days on, one day off, three days on, then the games count. Will Bynum be ready? More importantly, will he be healthy?
For sanity's sake, let's assume there are no injury-related setbacks over the next week for Bynum. Given those circumstances, how long should it take a guy like that get into game shape? What can we expect from him, in terms of minutes, early in the season? I hate to be negative, but he hasn't exactly appeared to be in great shape when I've seen him. The last thing they need is to push him too hard, too fast and have fatigue play a part in a new injury.
My best guess is he'll be available on opening night, and he'll play about 25 minutes. Maybe a run at the beginning of each half of about 6 or 7 minutes, then a lengthy rest, and another run to finish the halves of the same amount. Short stints, with plenty of rest between them, until he gets his wind back.
What do you guys think, will he be ready for opening night? How soon will he be playing 30+ minutes/game? Thoughts in the comments, as usual.