INDIANAPOLIS - It all sounded and felt so familiar. The coach is asked about his center with the bad knees. The news isn't good, but sort of expected. Expectations diminish and the unknown takes over.
Such is the life now for the Indiana Pacers when it comes to Andrew Bynum. The center, who was acquired by the Pacers on Feb. 1, played his first two games with the team last week and was quite impressive. In two games for Indiana, Bynum posted 23 points and 19 rebounds in more than 35 total minutes.
But before last night's game against the 76ers, Indiana coach Frank Vogel delivered the news that those in Philly are all too familiar with. "Andrew Bynum is out tonight," Vogel said. "He had some swelling [in his knee] and he had an MRI today and we'll see what happens in the next couple of days. This is what we signed up for. We knew that he is a great player with some problem-area knees. He's going to in sometimes and he's going to be out sometimes. We're fully aware of that and we'll be excited when we have him in uniform."