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Pins and needles: Waiting for Bynum's results

February 2, 2009 |  9:53 am

Drew_scream MRI stands for "magnetic resonance imaging", a fancy-shmancy type of test that allows quacks to check out a person's innards and figure out what's wrong.  But for Laker fans, it might as well stand for "massively restless individuals," because the results of Andrew Bynum's test being delayed has extended a fear of the unknown. 

The famous knee expert David Altcheck wasn't available to return from Florida on Sunday in enough time to eyeball the film, meaning we won't learn anything until today.  Thus, the Lakers are forced to make the best of the situation. Get in the usual practice rigors, then prepare for life without Drew for, at the very least, tonight's game against the Knickerbockers.

On the plus side, this is a situation the Lakers have dealt with and conquered in the past.  Lest we forget, the Lakers made it all the way to the Finals with Pau Gasol in the middle and Lamar Odom at the four.  Certainly, hope isn't lost if games are played with Bynum on the sidelines.  But that doesn't change the fact Drew's absence not only makes the Lakers less formidable, but could change the entire complexion of the Western Conference