"It's not a setback. It really is the original plan," Bynum said before Monday's Sixers-Milwaukee game. "The first time I went to my doctor, he was talking about 8 to 12 weeks, which is about a 3-month time period. I am getting better each day, the bone bruise. We took an MRI on Nov. 5 and it showed that it's getting better.
"That was the original plan the whole time. I think the first time I saw him, he said something about 4 weeks and coming back, and that's when we would get re-evaluated."
According to the Sixers, if the current prognosis holds unchanged, Bynum would be cleared to resume normal basketball activity by approximately Dec. 10, when, the team estimates, Bynum will need 1 to 4 weeks thereafter for conditioning, training and practice before being able to resume game play with significant minutes.
"It's been a roller coaster for me," said the soft-spoken Bynum, who was acquired in a four-team trade in August that sent Andre Iguodala to Denver. "Mentally, it's been tough. I want to get out there and I want to play. It's just a roller coaster. Obviously missing games is not good, and I want to get out there and play in games.
"Obviously, the caliber of player I am is not going to go anywhere. Health is the main concern and just listening to the doctors and being cautious."
Meanwhile, the Sixers' roll on, simply because it's all they know to do. They haven't practiced or played with Bynum at all this season.
"I've got to be very honest with you, I'm so focused on what we're doing, because all these games are coming so fast," coach Doug Collins said. "We've just played six games and now we play Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday. We have to stay so focused about what we're trying to do. If I allow myself to start drifting around and start thinking about other things - it just never has worked for me.
"I talked to Drew this morning and I think he's excited to try and take that next step and see how he's going to feel and everything. The thing that's hard is that anytime there's anything that's open-ended, you know if a date comes and it doesn't happen, it's like 'why not?' And that's why I think you have to be very careful about open-ended things. I've always said that nature takes its course; there's a certain healing with it. Certain people react differently when they come back, depending on how their leg is or maybe how young they are or how old they are. I just have tried to stay away from that.
"The one thing I hope our fans know is that Andrew wants to play. He wants to play. He wants to get out there and play. But he also wants to understand that if he takes all this time right now and misses a step along the way and then goes backwards, it's not going to be any good for anybody."
So as it has been since the team announced on Oct. 2 that Bynum would be out, it's just wait and see.
"We know that Sixers fans are eager to see Andrew Bynum play and shine in a 76ers uniform," general manager Tony DiLeo said. "We also know that 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."
"We're a team and we want him out there, but at the same time, we have to keep moving forward with what we've got," guard Jason Richardson said. "It's going to be all arms open and hugs when he gets back. We know when he gets back it's going to make us that much better as a team."