Maybe young, new Magic general manager Rob Henningan also has a future in the medical profession.
He seems to have diagnosed Andrew Bynum and his balky knees better than anyone.
If you'll recall, the Magic’s trade of Dwight Howard was ripped nationally and locally mainly because the organization didn’t end up with Bynum, a young, all-star center who might have been able to capably fill the void left by Howard. Those close to the Magic maintained all along that Hennigan passed on Bynum because he had inside information about the long-term health of Bynum's knees.
Well, since then Bynum, the new center for the 76ers, has gone to Germany to have the same experimental procedure on his knee that Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill and Alex Rodriguez have undergone. And now the 76ers have announced that Bynum will miss at least the first three weeks of training camp to rest his knees.
That's right, he's resting his knees before the season even begins.
Can you say, "Uh-oh!"???
Seriously, it has to be a medical red flag for the 76ers when Bynum has had surgery on both knees, felt the need to go to Germany for some exotic procedure and now is missing value practice time with his new team. He may be only 24-years-old, but he seems to have the knees of somebody twice that age.
I've said it once and I'll sat it again: If Bynum goes on to play like an all-star over the next decade then Hennigan will look like a dummy. If his knees give out after a year or two and he becomes just another injury-prone, immobile big man then Hennigan will look like a genius.
You'll have to check back in five years to find out if the Magic made a mistake by not acquiring Bynum.
But right now, Dr. Hennigan is looking like not only a master of basketball knowledge but a master of medical knowledge as well.
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