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Bynum to visit Germany for knee procedure

The Sports Xchange

--C Andrew Bynum, acquired last week by the 76ers from the Lakers in the four-team deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers, plans to have a nonsurgical procedure on one or both of his surgically repaired knees next month in Germany.

Bynum is expected to visit Peter Wehling, who founded the Center for Molecular Orthopedics in Dusseldorf, for joint treatment in which injections of the patient's own blood are used to help speed creation of anti-inflammatory proteins.

Bynum has undergone surgery on both knees but is not experiencing pain or weakness in either at this time. The decision is based largely on prolonging his health.

The procedure is gaining popularity with U.S. athletes, though it's not yet known to be available from American doctors. Former teammate Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill and Alex Rodriguez are known to have had the same procedure.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Terrell Owens had a similar treatment using platelet-rich plasma to promote rapid healing of his surgically repaired anterior cruciate ligament.

--Sixers coach Doug Collins was relieved that associate head coach Michael Curry, who handles the Philadelphia defense, didn't get the Orlando job after he made the final three for the position.

"He is everything you could ever want in a coach," Collins said. "He's like my son. I have given him carte blanche to do what he does on the floor. He's a tremendous leader and as quality a human being as you'll ever find."

--The Sixers' 2012-13 NBA schedule is similar to the lockout-shortened 2011-12 slate. They have a bunch of home games early (10 of 15), go on an eight-game road trip over the holidays and finish the season with 13 of their final 17 on the road. The Sixers are scheduled to be on ESPN four times and on TNT three times.

"Young kids today make their decisions to go to college and go, 'Are you going to recruit anybody else at my position if I come?' I said, 'Are you going to assure me that you're going to be the player of the year, not get hurt and stay four years?' I remember when I played for coach (Henry) Iba in the Olympics. He always used to say, 'Son, if you don't want to play, your substitute does.' That's a great thing." -- Coach Doug Collins.

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