"It's tough to enjoy the game because of how limited I am physically. I'm working through that. Every now and again I do [think about retirement]. … It's still career-threatening. I'm a shell of myself on the court right now. I'm just struggling mentally."
The team is being careful with him, not playing him in back-to-back games and going easy in practice. But he still says he has sharp pains at times in his knees and battles soreness after games. He's lost significant weight and has been contributing but isn't satisfied with his situation.
"I just want to be able to play without pain and find the joy again," Bynum said. "Right now I'm battling pain and it's annoying. I'm not able to do the things I'm used to doing, and it's frustrating."
Bynum has NO filter, you won't hear "it's a process, Rome wasn't built in a day" from him. He does WANT to be competitive, he wants to be the player he was before the knees got really bad. Hopefully he's able to get past this and return to form even if it takes more than this year. We'll see if he does, but it is amazing how the media WILL take and run with this. But Bynum is just being honest about his frustrations. Bynum has no filter, we knew this.
One can imagine if Bynum was healthy and was still a Laker when D'antoni was coaching them last year what some of those sound bytes may have been =p