Speaking to members of the media, 76ers GM Andrew Bynum revealed that Bynum was progressing well and was on schedule to participate in practice by the first week in February, according to Chris Vito of the Delaware County Daily Times.

"It's exciting, definitely. You can see it in his body language," DiLeo said.

Contrary to our earlier report, Bynum feels that a return after the all-star break is the most likely scenario.

Bynum stated that he is ahead of schedule and that the pain is subsiding.

"We're very encouraged," coach Doug Collins said. "The most important thing is he's encouraged."

Obviously, there's still plenty of time for setbacks. Having just started changing direction and not yet playing in contact drills, Bynum still has many hurdles to overcome before logging game minutes. That being said, for a team that is treading water -- but still alive, particularly after 8th seeded Boston lost Rajon Rondo for the season -- any good news on this front is downright exciting.