Andrew Bynum has suggested his NBA career might not be over just yet, despite fading into the wilderness thanks to chronic knee problems.
The first seven years of 7'0" center's career were stellar by anyone's standards. Bynum claimed two NBA Championships with the L.A Lakers and an All-Star appearance all before he was 25.
Following the trade that saw Dwight Howard arrive in Los Angeles and Bynum's move on to the Philadelphia 76ers, though, it's been a tough, injury-plagued road for the former break-out star.
Bynum was such an exciting prospect for the NBA's elite that he totally bypassed college and headed to the NBA draft at just 17-years-old.
Just prior to his trade, Bynum was registering an average of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds a night, comfortably making him one of the premier pivots in the league.
At only 28 years of age, the New Jersey-native should, at least in theory, be entering his physical prime. However, a string of knee injuries and operations have forced Bynum away from the NBA for two years and the chances of a franchise being willing to invest in a center with bad wheels is a short list indeed.
Just look at Joakim Noah. A former NBA Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All-Star restricted to just two starts this season with the Chicago Bulls thanks to his troublesome knees.
In a position where rebounding is your bread and butter, bad knees are like a broken wrist for a point guard.
However, a TMZ reporter randomly caught up with Bynum and although the number 10 draft pick in 2005 intimated he was indeed retired, he suggested it's not a closed door by any means.
"Anything is possible," Bynum simply stated.
And, of course, it is. His agent David Lee insisted last year that if his client could get healthy, there would be suitors for his services. Lee speculated that former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, now Knicks general manager, would be head of the queue.
"If he's healthy, Phil will be interested,'' Lee told The New York Post. "Phil knew how to tap into Andrew. They got along famously.''
Any such move has failed to transpire nearly a year on from those comments and with the Knicks in a precarious state in the east, one would have thought Jackson would have pulled the trigger by now if he was going to, or if Bynum was able to.
Judging by his comments, It doesn't seem like the youngest player to ever grace the NBA has any immediate plans to get himself off the shelf and back in the game. But, as Bynum alludes; never say never.