Andrew Bynum Admits To Considering Retirement

Andrew Bynum

After inking a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers over the summer, Andrew Bynum is pondering retirement, as he battles ongoing knee pain.

The 26-year-old told ESPN.com during practice Thursday (Nov. 7) that he continues to experience discomfort following devastating knee injuries that have plagued him throughout his NBA career, and it has him struggling… mentally.

“Retirement was a thought, it was a serious thought. It still is,” Bynum said. “It’s tough to enjoy the game because of how limited I am physically. I’m working through that. Every now and again I do [think about retirement]. …It’s still career-threatening. I’m a shell of myself on the court right now. I’m just struggling mentally.”

He missed the entire 2012-13 season with knee issues, after the Philadelphia 76ers acquired him in a major trade, and planned to make him a franchise cornerstone. Now, with the Cavs,┬áBynum has played in just four games this season, averaging 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 13 minutes a game. While he’s shown progress, and the team is being careful, not playing him in back-to-back games, he says he still has sharp pains at times in his knees and is battling soreness after games.

“I just want to be able to play without pain and find the joy again,” Bynum said. “Right now I’m battling pain and it’s annoying. I’m not able to do the things I’m used to doing and it’s frustrating.”

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