Andrew Bynum was in a good mood. Perhaps it was because a bunch of his old teammates from the Los Angeles Lakers were in town. Or peerhaps, as he said, his bothersome left knee is feeling much better.
Later this week Bynum will have a checkup with his doctor, during which time and MRI may or may not be performed on both of his knees. Whatever happens, though, Bynum is look for just one thing - "hopefully I'm cleared for impact."
Former teammates made their way into the Sixers locker room before the game after the media was cleared, probably stoppoing by to see their former running mate.
"Winning championships there was fun," said Bynum. "But obviously my time there is done. Health is the main concern with me now. I don't regret anything. Personally, they traded No. 1 (him) for No. 2 (Dwight Howard) and that is what happened. I think Dwight is a great player and has to get accustomed to playing and not touching the ball on every play."
While Bynum has done nothing more than observe during his time here, he appears to be itching more than ever to get back on the floor. His doctor's visit on Thursday will go a long way on letting everyone know how soon that is to happening.
"I think I could do wonders for this team because right now we don't have a lot of post threat and that would help free up a lot of our guys from the outside – knock down shooters and Jrue and Evan are playing a lot with the ball right now so it would be good to join them and Thaddeus, also.
"The update is that I'm feeling much better. From the beginning of this year, the state of the injury when I see the doctore hopefully I'll be cleared for impact. Only the left knee (is hurting) the right knee is fine."
Asked if it was doing better than last week when he said it hurt just to walk, Bynum said: "It's better from then, definitely improvement. Not really, just shooting around a little bit with the guys. I'm starting to feel better."
No doubt the game against the Lakers was one that Bynum was looking forward to playing, though he had a different take on it.