Bad news for Bynum and 76ers fans.  The Philadelphia 76ers say prized offseason acquisition Andrew Bynum will be out at least five more weeks and probably longer because of continuing complications with his right knee.


It is the third time since September that the Sixers have pushed back Bynum’s return date.

Bynum had a fresh MRI and saw his personal knee specialist in New York last week. The Sixers now hope he will be cleared to return to basketball activities by Dec. 10.

But the team said Bynum would then need an additional one to four weeks of training and conditioning, which means his anticipated Sixers debut may be on hold until January.

The Sixers are off to a 4-2 start without Bynum and have been without Jason Richardson because of an ankle injury for the past five games. Richardson was the other player Philadelphia received in the Bynum trade.

“We know the Sixers fans are eager to see Andrew Bynum play and shine,” Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo said in a statement. “We also know no one is more eager to see Andrew play for the Sixers than Andrew himself. He fully realizes the key contribution he can make to the team. Hopefully, that day is coming soon.”

The “hopefully” part is telling. It has become clear that while the team has been publicly optimistic and patient, it simply is not sure when the franchise center will get into a game.