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Andrew Bynum Considering Retirement

This past off season the Cleveland Cavaliers took a big risk and signed Andrew Bynum to a two year $24 million contract, Bynum had missed an entire season for the Philadelphia 76ers and was promising a strong comeback.

It turns out Bynum’s body can no longer do what he thought it could. Bynum is playing 13 mpg and averaging 5.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg and is shooting just 28 percent for the season. His knees are just done, he feels old and slow and it shows on the court.

Bynum is so frustrated that he is considering retirement. It’s a shame considering he was arguably the best center in the NBA just three seasons ago playing for the Lakers.

Via Plain Dealer:

Meeting with reporters in Pennsylvania for the first time after missing all of last season with the Sixers because of knee problems, Bynum said he felt as if he is a shell of himself on the court right now. He said he considered retirement after last season and still thinks about it occasionally even after signing a two-year, incentive-laden $24-million contract with the Cavs last summer. “I’m struggling mentally,” he said quietly after practice at Temple University. “I’m trying.” Asked what his goal is, Bynum said, “Just to be able to play without pain and discover the joy again. … Right now it’s just battling pain is annoying. I’m not able to do the things I used to be able to do and it’s frustrating.’

Bynum, who had surgery on both knees last March, has played four games, averaging 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 12.8 minutes a game. He’s shooting just 28 percent (7 of 25) and has had a number of his shots blocked. After looking better in each of his first three games, he seemed to take a step back in the loss at Milwaukee on Wednesday, finishing with four points and four rebounds in 14:19. “I still feel sharp pains,” he said, “like after my dunk [in Milwaukee]. After that I went down from there. Still quite a ways to go. At the moment, it’s tough to enjoy the game because of how limited I am physically. I’m still sort of working through that.”

“I think I’m out of rehab phase, but I missed 567 days or something like that. Still can’t jump, slide or anything. I’m just going out and trying to play. … My health is my concern. My knees are my knees. They’re not going to get better, they are what they are. That’s really it.”

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