PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dressed in his team-issued practice gear, Andrew Bynum looked the part of a Philadelphia 76er.
Bynum just couldn't run, practice or play like the rest of the team.
Wearing his Sixers tank top for the first day of training camp, Bynum was reduced Tuesday to an All-Star bench player. He participated in some light workouts, then took a seat on the bleachers behind Doug Collins, watching nonplussed as the third-year Sixers coach directed the season's first scrimmage.
The preseason will go on without Bynum. The Sixers ran a full-court scrimmage, complete with refs, with Bynum not much more than a sideline observer. The Sixers are resting the All-Star center for three weeks as precaution after he received knee treatment in Germany.
The Sixers remained optimistic that Bynum, acquired from Los Angeles as part of a four-team trade, will return in time for the Oct.31 opener against Denver.