Given that green traditionally means go it's great news for Cavaliers fans when new center Andrew Bynum says his rehabilitation has "all been green.'' In an exclusive interview with The Plain Dealer his first since the press conference announcing his signing on July 19 Bynum said he's on schedule to return this season and there have been no setbacks since he started working out at the Cleveland Clinic Courts in late July. "I moved here a week after the press conference I've been here ever since -- day in and day out just working'' he said referring to the team's practice facility. "I'm there focused. I'm doing everything I can do to get back. That's what all this is all about for me right now. I just want to play." After being sent from the Los Angeles Lakers to Philadelphia as part of the Dwight Howard trade before last season Bynum missed the entire year with a variety of knee problems that culminated in surgery on both knees last March. The 7-0 Bynum who was an All-Star in 2012 joined the Cavs as a free agent signing an incentive-laden two-year $24 million contract with just $6 million guaranteed the first year and a team option for the second. Both sides entered the deal with their eyes wide open but General Manager Chris Grant says Bynum has done everything the team's doctors and athletic training staff asked. "We've been very impressed with Andrew's work ethic and diligence in this process'' Grant said. "He's doing everything possible to get back on the court as quickly as he can.'' Notice that Grant did not put a date on Bynum's return. While the team thinks it would be great if he was ready for the start of training camp on Oct. 1 if he doesn't hit that exact date it doesn't mean he's behind schedule. "It's a fluid process'' Bynum said. "I have no idea what the schedule's going to be for me. But I'm doing everything I can to be ready. I think with the program that has been made up we have a good chance. "I'm optimistic I'm where I should be. Obviously I want to be playing. But I'm taking baby steps doing what the team and the doctors tell me. I'm doing my part. I come to work every day. I'm moving in the right direction.''
Andrew Bynum says his rehabilitation is on schedule for his return
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Sep 5