If he didn't schedule it as soon as the season ended in May, that's another dumb move by Bynum. I'm not buying the waiting list excuse, there can't be such a long list of multimillionaire athletes in line for this surgery. If anything, it's probably be the same deal as his surgery a few summers back where he waited longer than he should have to get the procedure done.
According to reports from Kobe's surgery, the recovery time isn't all that long so I'm not too worried about this. Just wish he'd put a premium on getting himself fixed up earlier in the offseason.
The key would be him going in to the procedure in game shape. If he did that, yes, he could theoretically make the opening game. He wouldn't be 100%, mind you, but he could play.
Knee procedures are extremely tricky. There are a lot more factors that affect rehab time because it's a vital load-bearing joint.
Combine that with Bynum's history, mass and avg healing time and I'd have to add no less than 2 weeks on top of ANYTHING Kobe'd be able to accomplish...and that's an EXTREMELY optimistic prognosis...realistically, no less than a month on top of Kobe's recovery time.
I'm not trying to gloom or doom anyone. I'm not an expert on this particular procedure...no-one but Wehling is. I'm speaking solely on knee surgery and recovery time for ATHLETES, not the avg Joe.
Either way, it's not a big deal. As long as the procedure works, based on Kobe's early onslaught last year, Bynum would more than make up for any time missed and likely enjoy a longer, more productive career.
No need to worry.
I do caution optimism on the recovery time. It's always good to be pleasantly surprised than to plan for the best and have reality smack you in the face.
Plan for no less than 8-12 weeks recovery. Less than that and you are setting yourself up for major disappointment. If you want a more realistic timetable, shoot for 10-16...based on how successful the procedure was (no complications) and if there is any significant pain after the first 2 weeks.
And recovered isn't "Bynum's walking" or "Bynum's on the treadmill". He isn't fully recovered until he hits the floor in 5-on-5s, pain free.
Edited by GCMD, July 15, 2012 - 05:07 PM.