Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Andrew Bynum's $60,000 treadmill keeps breaking down.

Via: CSN Philly
After being out for the entire summer and the last 3 months of the season, Andrew Bynum is finally on track to return by the All Star Break. To speed things up, the Philadelphia 76ers bought their $16 million dollar investment, a $60,000 dollar treadmill that can reduce the stress on his knees, while improving his movement.

From Bob Cooney of Philly.com:
... the organization (76ers) invested in a state-of-the-art anti-gravity treadmill that will alleviate up to 80 percent of the person’s body weight. The estimated cost of that piece of equipment has been guessed to be close to $60,000. Now as Bynum is working towards a return that he predicts could come around the All-Star break (mid-February), the new machine is breaking down.
“It’s going pretty good. I shot around at shootaround (Monday morning) with the guys so I’m getting a bit better on the court. If the treadmill would stop breaking down I would be able to do a little bit more, but I’m going well. It’s like every 3 days or so it needs service, so I don’t know. I’ve been involved a little bit in practice just shooting around with the guys and stuff like that. My knees feel good and I’m not feeling any pain so this is all good and I just want to keep it going.” 
As great as an anti-gravity treadmill sounds, maybe the stress of carrying Bynum is a lot heavier than it looks. Andrew Bynum is listed at 285 pounds, but if you add the weight he has probably gained over the summer and another 20 pounds from his hair (which by the way is incredibly versatile), the machine might need some help. He needs to come back soon, because the 76ers are not doing too well. They are sitting a 9th spot in the East with a 17-24 record and is second last in the Atlantic Division.

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