Sixers Notes: Sixers center Andrew Bynum still facing major test in rehab

Posted: January 23, 2013

Andrew Bynum continues to report progress with his injured knees, but a significant hurdle awaits.

"I still haven't done lateral movement, and that will be the biggest test," the 76ers center said before Monday's game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Wells Fargo Center. "Cutting is the last thing to do, and I think I am building up to that slowly but surely."

Bynum said he still hopes to make his first appearance this season after the all-star break. He said the most positive development is that he is not feeling pain in his knees.

Bynum, whose only running has come on a treadmill, has been working on shooting and post moves.

The Sixers' first game after the all-star break is Feb. 20 at Minnesota. Bynum said he understands that the lateral movement will have to take place in the next few weeks if that goal is to be met.

"I want it to go smoothly," he said. "I don't want setbacks."

Thoughts on relocation

The Maloof family said Monday that it has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen. The deal awaits approval from the NBA board of governors.

Sixers forward Spencer Hawes is from Seattle but played his first three seasons in Sacramento. Hawes said he was a Seattle SuperSonics fan while growing up.

"It's exciting being from Seattle, but it's sad having played in Sacramento and knowing all the great fans there, so it kind of feels weird," Hawes said.

Injury update

Sixers guard Jason Richardson was sidelined with a sore left knee. He had his knee drained Thursday but played in Friday's 108-101 overtime win over visiting Toronto.

San Antonio's Manu Ginobili was out with a left hamstring strain.

Feeling for Lou

Sixers coach Doug Collins was saddened by the news that former Sixer Lou Williams suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Atlanta's 94-89 loss at Brooklyn on Friday.

"It made me sick," Collins said. "I hate like heck to see anybody to have to go through that, especially for somebody who I have such admiration for as Lou Williams."


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