INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum has resumed basketball activities, but will not be medically cleared to practice when Cleveland opens training camp Tuesday.
Bynum, who underwent bilateral arthroscopic surgery on both knees in March, hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since May 21, 2012. The 7-footer signed a two-year contract with Cleveland on July 19 after missing all of last season while with Philadelphia.
“I’m not completely there yet, but I’ve dropped 18 pounds and am right at 290, and I feel great,” Bynum said. “Honestly, once I’m back on the court, I’m going to be productive, so I don’t see why I can’t be an All-Star again.
“This is definitely a playoff team if we’re healthy.”
General manager Chris Grant said Bynum began taking part in full-court drills two weeks ago, but no timetable has been set for his return to full-contact practices.
“Andrew is going to be on the court soon, but we’re not going to set a specific date when he might be ready to play,” Grant said. “Everything is good, though, and he hasn’t had any setbacks. He’s running up and down — full court at full speed — and is working like crazy here every day.
“If that means he’s back in two weeks, great. If that means he’s back in a month and a half, great. We’re just not putting any hard timetable out there.”
Bynum joined All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and new coach Mike Brown as the centers of attention as the Cavaliers held media day at their suburban practice facility.
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