CLEVELAND (92.3 THE FAN) – The long comeback trail for Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum may be ending sooner than many expected.
After a training camp full of many questions regarding his return, Bynum is officially listed as active for Wednesday night’s Cavs season opener against the Brooklyn Nets.
Prior to the game, coach Mike Brown indicated that if Bynum does play he will not start and will be held to limited minutes.
“He’s been doing a good job with this process,” Brown said. “He’s played five-on-five on multiple occasions, going through a lot of practice in a lot of different times. We feel like there may be an opportunity for him to play tonight.”
Brown made it clear, Bynum really wants to get back out on the floor.
“He wants to play,” Brown said. “He’s anxious. He’s just like any other competitive player out there.”
“I’m just excited about him getting a taste of game action. Where he goes from here, the sky is the limit.”
Bynum signed an incentive-based deal with Cleveland in July after missing all of the 2012-2013 season because of knee injury.
The seven-foot center has not played in an NBA game since May of 2012 and his injury history is well documented.
The journey to full recovery is not over but Bynum’s possible appearance in an actual game will mark a big milestone for a man that has battled his way back through a great deal of hard work over the off-season.