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Andrew Bynum: MCL tear, out 8-12 weeks

Just got word from Lakers PR.  The news isn't great.  More to come, but here's the release...

ANDREW BYNUM INJURY UPDATE

EL SEGUNDO –
Results of an MRI on Andrew Bynum’s right knee showed a tear of the medial collateral ligament, it was announced today.

Bynum, who suffered the injury early in the first quarter of Saturday’s victory over Memphis after having scored seven of the Lakers’ first 13 points, will be out approximately 8-12 weeks. 

The MRI was performed Sunday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and Bynum was examined this afternoon by Dr. David Altchek.

Bynum, who prior to the game against Memphis had averaged 26.2 points on 65.3 percent shooting, 13.8 rebounds and 3.20 blocked shots over his previous five games, ranks among league leaders in rebounds (19th/8.2), field goal percentage (8th/.558), blocked shots (6th /1.87) and double-doubles (17th/16).   

Named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, January 19 through Sunday, January 25, Bynum is averaging 14.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.87 blocked shots in 46 games this season.





 
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this is terrible news...
Hopefully Bynum can be back earlier
like Farmar
and get back into his beast form.

#@%*!!!!!!

Call me pessimistic, but I don't see the guy back until the playoffs. We've played this game before..

What a devastating loss. And its got to have enormous psychological impact on Bynum. He's going to take a long time to get back to trusting his knees again.

OK

Time to move on.

Another year. Another injury for Drew. Tough.

Now we get to see if the Secret of Mihm can be who he used to be.

Lord, YOU ARE A HEALER...perform Your work as only You can. Use the Blog Patriarchs to help keep Laker Nation united, together and STRONG!

We thank YOU for answered prayer...AMEN.

Best of luck to Bynum. Hope to have him back for the playoffs.

So he'll be back hopefully in May??

Well, I'm horrified to find out I was right about it being an MCL tear. The next words we'll hear are "season-ending surgery". If the Lakers are two win the Championship this year it'll be without him.

I'll say it again. LO for Bosh. You don't think that the Crabs GM isn't calling Toronto and offering up Szcerbiak (whose expiring contract is the same size as LO's) for Bosh? Imagine if that happened...

*&^%$#@! @####@%%^&*!!

I don't know what to say...

crap.

Dont even know what to say.

Well there goes the season. So now bynum has two major injuries on both knees. Is everyone still think he is the savior? Its over and this is a grim day. WHY GOD WHY?

UGH.......

That's a total bummer - but we have won before with this lineup and we will win again.

I have faith that the guys will step up. Mihm better start pumping some iron and taking supplements - he needs some serious muscles......

LET's GO LAKERS!

Guess we'll have to win that 6th or 7th June game in Boston instead of in L.A.

Sigh. Well hopefully his recovery will be on time this year and we get Andrew back for the Playoffs!!! I'm sad today.

sad sad day. I honestly may shed a tear when I get home from work over this..

unbelievable. We knew it would be bad.

I think this is worse then last year's injury. He wont be back this year and he won't ever be the same player..It's a real shame..It's a shame that it had to be Kobe that did it.

let's hope his recovery time is accurate this time. we could use him in the playoffs!

Well, assuming the 12 weeks max is correct, that gets Drew
back in time for the playoffs. I think Pau & Lamar can hold down
the fort in the meantime. This also means that Mihm &/or Powell
will get some increased minutes, so they'll get to tune up their
games as well.

I'm beginning to be not so optimistic with Bynum. Yet another Knee injury/tear? I mean is he made out of the same stuff Gerald Wallace is? Ugh.

Here's hoping for a quick recovery.

Go Lakers!

Well, it'll be great to see Drew back at training camp to help us build our hopes up through next January.

8 to 12 weeks! Couldn't Jordan Farmer trade him the weeks he didn't take off his official injury time? In Drew's case, it always seems to work the other way, adding weeks or months to the predicted weeks. Jordan may be a nifty spark plug, but Drew has become the drive shaft.

Hopefully the Lakers bought some insurance on the kid when they re-signed him.

I can't believe it happened again.

What a disaster.

Gotta move on. Gotta move on.

Damn.

2 years in a row. I am sick. Kiss him goodbye this year and the Lakers chances of winning it all. What a shame.
I knew when it was taking this long it was bad.

THIS SUCKS!!!

Same team, his own player, 13th and 31st of Jan, both knees now, coming off of great games where he was dominating. This is just to frinkin freakish. Maybe the guy is not built to play ball.

This is my favorite laker player and after last year I now have to go thru this again. THIS SUCKS!

This is the worst news I could have received today.


BD

This is horrific as a Laker fan.... and two years in a row at Memphis?!??! I say from now on - Bynum doesn't play when we're at Memphis anymore.

Here's to positive thoughts that Bynum heals fast and is back sooner than expected.

AK or BK,

How come they just said "tear"? Is it a partial tear? Im guessing that since they didn't say partial tear, then it's bad.

K Bros - What are the stats on the blog traffic these past couple of days? Higher than usual with everyone refreshing the page constantly hoping for an update?

OK - 8 weeks that's not so bad ... wait when have I heard that before .... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

8 weeks again??

Gimme a break!

I like the Bosh idea. It seems impossible, but ANYTHING IS POSSIBBUUULLLLL! Like when we stole Gasol.

Go Lakers!

We can still win it. No Doubt.

That's too bad, but hopefully Drew will have a quick recovery. He should know exactly what he needs
to do in terms of his recuperation so that will be a plus.

Let's all pray for a quick and speedy recovery...

Give whatever Jordan Farmar was drinking during his recovery!!

Effin A!

STH - hate to say but agree with you again - season ending. We heard the 8-12 last year and it will just get pushed out and out delaying the inevitable. I can't even muster up chatting about this for the next 8-12 weeks - especially as the crazies here start the countdown. So I am going to get it out of my system today and not talk about it again.

Given the $$$ they are spending - they are not going to risk longer term. And if we are lucky in any stretch and he comes back, then so be it - added bonus. But we can't fret anymore - it is what it is.

We have the team that knows what they have to do now - they made it to the Finals. And they are just going to have to man up and go crazy.

Expect Kobe to have a monster game tonight and NOT have to play the 4th Q. Will be interesting to hear the pre-game.

GO LAKERS!!! We have FAITH!!!!

An MCL Tear is better than ACL tear -- much better....12 weeks means this year is not lost PROVIDED that Drew can ramp up his play quickly in the playoffs. They did not annouce surgery, which hopefully suggests only a partial tear and thus less healing time.

Ok, so maybe Stephen A. was right. Bye-bye Larry O. After last season's debacle, we all know 8-12 weeks probably means the rest of the season. I don't trust those time frames at all.

@#$%#&#$!!!!!!!!!

Lamar is gone after this year and Bynum starts getting paid like a big superstar next year, eating up lots of cap space. Next year, we're basically going to be the team we are now, except without Lamar. @$&@%&!!! This was our year!! The ONLY way we get better next year is if Kobe opts not to pick up his player option so that he can negotiates for a LOWER yearly salary, which of course won't happen.

I'm in a very bad mood today. Someone please convince me that I'm wrong.

Not again

I put ZERO stock into that recovery time. Lakers might as well say Bynum is out for the season and not play around with everyone like they did last season.

This is actually good news. It's not an ACL tear, which takes him out for the better part of a year. MCL tears generally heal themselves w/o surgery, though extensive therapy will be required. Hopefully we'll get him back at least a few games before the playoffs.

watching the game you could tell on his face and Kobes that this wasn't a day-to-day type injury. I dont want to be pessimistic about the season, cause this team is deep and we have KB24 but what a sad day.

Let's hope for a speedy recovery this year..and hopefully a timetable that's more accurate.

ESPN's website rushed the story so fast the headline reads MLC instead of MCL.

After the initial shock and depression, I wonder if this will take some of the pressure off the team? Obviously, it takes the expectations down a whole series of notches.

The next big news will be if the organization scrambles to make a move or if they'll stand pat. When's the trading deadline?


Everyone relax! Take a deep breath and exhale. Never think about what your missing but what you have to work with at the time. We have a lot to work with, and the fact our players will have to learn to play better defense because baby Bynum will not be there to clean up there mess.

Recovery times differ depending on the severity of the injury:

A minor, or grade 1, MCL tear can take from a few days to a week and a half to heal sufficiently for you to return to normal activities, including sports.

A grade 2 tear can take from two to four weeks to heal.

A grade 3 tear usually takes from four to eight weeks to heal, unless it is associated with damage to the ACL, in which case the recovery time may be longer.

Sad day?
There goes our season?
LO for Bosh trade proposals?

O Ye of Little Faith!

Did y'all forget that this is THE SAME SQUAD who, without Drew, not only held our Western Conference edge last year, but practically CAKEWALKED US into the NBA Championship?

And THIS YEAR, we have TREVOR!

Guys, this requires PRAYER! Nothing more and nothing less!

If we pray, Drew's healing will come...maybe sooner than we realize.

If we pray, the guys will be able to hold it together. Y'all are also forgetting that this squad minus Drew actually beat the Celtics in 2 games in the Finals. So drop your doomsday prophecies for Thursday night and beyond!

Mamba: Please initiate a "Daily Prayer Vigil For Andrew Bynum" Bandwagon. Cut and paste parts (or the whole thing) of my prayer as you see fit. Post it on the Blog everyday immediately following the Roll Call.

We will get through this by Prayer and Faith. Remember: Setbacks are Setups for COMEBACKS!

NOW IS THE TIME
Now is the time Laker Nation to gather together
The storm has come and brought bitter weather
A soldier, a defender a Laker is down
But we got to close ranks now if we want the crown
8 weeks is nothing in the scheme of things
Take a negative, make a positive & get the ring.
Now you can see why Mihm was held back
For just this moment and that is a fact
We’re stronger we’re older and our game is so tight
That we can keep this thing going until Bynum rejoins the fight
So stand tall Laker Nation this is still our year
More playing time for others will make us better, you hear
And when Bynum returns, the team will be twice as good
Then we’ll tear thru the Playoffs like it’s our own hood.

Is surgery a possibility?

Thats the next BIG question?

If so, unless the Lakers get a rough and tough big man...we are in trouble

Hey, an MCL isn't nearly as bad as an ACL, look at Farmar, he was back in less than two months after his MCL tear and surgery. Bynum's young, he'll recover and a right knee is not your jump leg, better the right than the left. They won't need him offensively in the playoffs, but on defense they need him back.

So, do we know what grade tear he's got?

* Grade I MCL Tear
This is an incomplete tear of the MCL. The tendon is still in continuity, and the symptoms are usually minimal. Patients usually complain of pain with pressure on the MCL, and may be able to return to their sport very quickly. Most athletes miss 1-2 weeks of play.

* Grade II MCL Tear
Grade II injuries are also considered incomplete tears of the MCL. These patients may complain of instability when attempting to cut or pivot. The pain and swelling is more significant, and usually a period of 3-4 weeks of rest is necessary.

* Grade III MCL Tear
A grade III injury is a complete tear of the MCL. Patients have significant pain and swelling, and often have difficulty bending the knee. Instability, or giving out, is a common finding with grade III MCL tears. A knee brace or a knee immobilizer is usually needed for comfort, and healing may take 6 weeks or longer.


Also, is he having surgery? What a freak accident. Hope he recovers soon.

At this point I'm prepared for the worst - basically another season-ending injury, since the initial time estimate is even longer than last time. Plus I no longer want to be disappointed with repeated delays again.

This is devastating. If he does come back in the playoffs, we will see at best the Bynum we saw earlier this season. That'd still be a big help, but not the dominant force that's made us truly scary.

MVP ! MVP ! MVP ! MVP ! MVP ! MVP ! MVP !

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WHY US AGAIN

lakers sth-

We had one of our busier Sundays yesterday, that's for sure.

BK

This isn't bad news. Farmar had the same injury and came back full speed in 5 weeks. Remember he was supposed to be at least 8 weeks, too.

Even if Bynum takes longer to heal, if he's back for the playoffs then this is good news. We don't need him for the regular season. OK, so we won't have home court for the finals. If we have Drew playing at a high level, we don't need it.

Kobe told Bynum not to forget how good he is when he returns. He'll listen to Kobe.

Setbacks are Setups for COMEBACKS!
Setbacks are Setups for COMEBACKS!
Setbacks are Setups for COMEBACKS!

This is awful. Now the Lakers will be what they were last year - A team that is too small and soft up front to handle Boston or Cleveland. With Bynum, no one was matching up well with the Lakers.

Everyone relax! Take a deep breath and exhale. Never think about what your missing but what you have to work with at the time. We have a lot to work with, and the fact our players will have to learn to play better defense because baby Bynum will not be there to clean up there mess.

Recovery times differ depending on the severity of the injury:

A minor, or grade 1, MCL tear can take from a few days to a week and a half to heal sufficiently for you to return to normal activities, including sports.

A grade 2 tear can take from two to four weeks to heal.

A grade 3 tear usually takes from four to eight weeks to heal, unless it is associated with damage to the ACL, in which case the recovery time may be longer.

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& Future MVP – Kobe Bryant. The Home of Wilt, Kareem, George Mikan
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Hahaha.....

depth will definitely come to play.

But I'd like to caution y'all...defense will be the one thing that suffers the most. Starting Mihm will not help that at all. It's better to start LO who is a better defender, more agile...Mihm and Luke? Give me a break.

That said, even though I feel like I need a shot of tequila, I'm kinda glad they didn't say "out for the season." Heal fast Drew, heal very fast.

I still have faith. Go Lakers!

What can you say? Worst luck ever. Just a shame, a terrible cruel shame. To be tantalized by his budding dominance and just as quickly have it taken away? God, I can't believe it. AGAIN. I feel close to how i felt when Magic pulled up lame in Game 2 vs Detroit in 89. Just a sick feeling. EXCEPT..........WE"VE GOT THE BLACK MAMBA!!!! and a better cast than last year. It's bad, but it's not over.

God, I'm a mess right now. Bloody Mary number 4, down the hatch. Beat the crap out of the Knicks tonight.

peace out.


FredJ - Farmar had a torn meniscus, not MCL.

Kwa-ME! Kwa-ME! Kwa-ME!

you know you want it...

Let them eat CAKE!

12 weeks would be end of April, which would be the end of the first round of the playoffs. Probably not realistic to expect him to play at all this season.

This roster is obviously weaker without him, but it is stronger than the one that went to the Finals last season. They have unused potential from a number of sources that can compensate for much of what Bynum provided.

8 weeks = March 30th, 72 games played, 9 games left.

12 weeks = April 27th, well into the playoffs.

MITCH KUPCHAK,
That devastating injury is giving you another 'SIGN' from the ABOVE to do what you did last year in acquiring PAU.

why...why....why....why....why!!!!!!!!!!!

was it karma for sending G Wal to the hospital?

what the frick is it!!!!!!

why can't this kid catch a break?!?!?!?!?!?

andrew won't be back sooner because andrew gets his rehab from his 'people' and not the lakers staff, i'm sure he'll stay in new york the rest of the year.

I have a confession to make.

Remember Paul Pierce's knee injury in Game 1? I PRAYED FOR HIS HEALING.

Yep.

I am a man of God first - Laker fan second. With that in mind, I prayed for Paul Pierce's healing in his knee. I wanted to be the Celtics, but not like that. I prayed that he would be healed so Boston would be able to face us mano y mano, their squad against our squad to see who was the best.

And God answered my prayer.

Call me a traitor, call me a sellout, but the one thing God proved to me in that moment when Pierce came back on the court, He hears our prayers.

So...if God heard that prayer in June 08, dontcha think He has heard our prayers for Drew today...and in the days to come.

WHEN...not if, but WHEN Drew comes back on the court THIS SEASON - not next season, but THIS SEASON - let it be the ultimate lesson learned: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PRAYER!

Bynum is young. He'll bounce back fine. I expect him to be able to get back in shape in whatever regular season games he can play in and come off the bench during the first round of the playoffs. We will be fine without him being 100% until the conference finals. By then he should be back to himself.

We'll get through this.

This is what championship teams are made of.

GO LAKERS!!!

Thought LakerNation might be interested in this piece about MCL recovery...

"When a grade III injury occurs, patients usually wear a knee immobilizer and protect weight-bearing (crutches) for the first week to 10 days following injury.

Patients should remove the immobilizer several times a day to work on bending their knee. After that time, the patient can begin wearing a hinged knee brace, and can begin to increase their range of motion in the knee. They can apply more weight to the knee as pain allows.

Once the patient can flex the knee at least to 100 degrees, they may begin riding a stationary bicycle. The crutches can be discontinued one the patient is able to walk without limping.

Jogging can begin once the patient has regained 60% of their quadriceps strength (compared to the opposite side), and agility drills can begin one they have regained 80% of their strength. Complete rehab from a grade III MCL tear can take 3-4 months."

So there you have it. This site says 3-4 months, not 2-3. We're looking at early May, best case scenario.

Time for Mitch Kupchack to work his magic. Let's see if we can trade Walton, Vlad, couple of basketballs, a few draft picks for Bosh.....


Well that sucks. Its like deja vu all over again. Bynum starts to play well and then he gets hurt. I still think that we have enough to get out of the WC without him, but lets hope we see the Cavs in the finals rather than the C's. We have a better chance of beating them without a healthy Bynum or without him altogether, Ilguaskas looks like he's already 75 and playing with a walker. Having to play the C's with Perk and KG vs. Odom and Gasol would be deja vu last year's NBA finals.

Thank you Larry (Mamba).

NOW IS THE TIME, indeed!

In the future, can we just have Drew sit out any games in Memphis?

Heck make him wear heavy knee braces as soon as the team plane lands in Memphis!

History repeating itself and all..

At least we aren't the Suns.

Sux.

Lakersblog,

Greg Oden broke his foot first game of the season. Let's hope his recovery from a 2nd injury can serve as some sort of inspiration/consolation to Bynum. I really feel bad for the kid and can't imagine how Kobe must feel that he's the reason Bynum has to go through another rehab. Banner Holder, feeling ya prayer for Bynum, and no matter the outcome of this season I just hope that mentally he's in a good place and takes the time to remember all the things he's got to be thankful about (e.g. having a $50+ mil contract to look forward too in tough economic times). Our prayers are with you Bynum, here's wishing you a speedy recovery, here's hoping this is the last major injury this team sees and that your injury helps bring them closer together as opposed to weakening the good chemistry y'all have.

Laker nation we've been here before. The road to glory will be tougher without Bynum, but just as Bynum must face the challenge of going through rehab again, this team must and will meet the challenge of winning without him. Jack Bauer, purple and gold nation needs you to remind the league why you'll retire as the g.o.a.t ... LBJ say bye-bye to your mvp trophy ... Boston, prepare for a rude awakening!! Our hall of fame trumps your 3 hall of famers combined and we will prove it ...

24 + 16 - 17 + (Seeing 17 not lose hope) = GOLD

WHY US!

Without Bynum, the Lakers need to trade for a small forward, i.e. Mike Miller, without giving up Odom. They need to strengthen their small forward position. Walton and Vlad are not going to cut it in the playoffs. We will basically bring the same SOFT team back into the playoffs against the East. I say this because even though we gain a major factor in Ariza Vujacic is not the same guy as last year and I honestly believe they cancel one another out because Sasha is needed to spread the floor and hit clutch shots.

WHY US!

Without Bynum, the Lakers need to trade for a small forward, i.e. Mike Miller, without giving up Odom. They need to strengthen their small forward position. Walton and Vlad are not going to cut it in the playoffs. We will basically bring the same SOFT team back into the playoffs against the East. I say this because even though we gain a major factor in Ariza Vujacic is not the same guy as last year and I honestly believe they cancel one another out because Sasha is needed to spread the floor and hit clutch shots.

AK / BK

MCL or ACL???
Help!!!

Baywood

rade I MCL Tears
Grade I sprains of the MCL usually resolve within a few weeks. Treatment consists of:

* Resting from activity

* Icing the injury

* Anti-inflammatory medications

Most patients with a grade I MCL tear will be able to return to sports within 1-2 weeks following their injury.
Grade II MCL Tears
When a grade II MCL sprain occurs, use of a hinged knee brace is common in early treatment. Athletes with a grade II injury can return to activity once they are not having pain over the MCL. Patients with a grade II injury often return to sports within 3-4 weeks after their injury.
Grade III MCL Tears
When a grade III injury occurs, patients usually wear a knee immobilizer and protect weight-bearing (crutches) for the first week to 10 days following injury. Patients should remove the immobilizer several times a day to work on bending their knee. After that time, the patient can begin wearing a hinged knee brace, and can begin to increase their range of motion in the knee. They can apply more weight to the knee as pain allows.

Once the patient can flex the knee at least to 100 degrees, they may begin riding a stationary bicycle. The crutches can be discontinued one the patient is able to walk without limping. Jogging can begin once the patient has regained 60% of their quadriceps strength (compared to the opposite side), and agility drills can begin one they have regained 80% of their strength. Complete rehab from a grade III MCL tear can take 3-4 months.

zen,
" think this is worse then last year's injury. He wont be back this year and he won't ever be the same player..It's a real shame.."

Yeah, real "zen" like, bro.

A torn MCL is nothing that is going to stop this kid from having a great NBA career.

He probably won't be back at full strength this season, but he will be a Beast for years to come!


i Just worry he's a slow healer

The first day of the rest of our lives....AGAIN

sigh...

&*@#!!!!!

Wait till next year.

Call me a traitor, call me a sellout, but the one thing God proved to me in that
moment when Pierce came back on the court, He hears our prayers.
So...if God heard that prayer in June 08, dontcha think He has heard our
prayers for Drew today...and in the days to come. WHEN...not if, but WHEN
Drew comes back on the court THIS SEASON - not next season, but THIS
SEASON - let it be the ultimate lesson learned: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PRAYER!
Posted by: utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER | February 02, 2009 at 12:25 PM

BANNER HOLDER the only thing I'll call you is our chaplain and one compassionate Human Being
I too believe in prayers and from now till Andrew comes back I will daily include yours after Roll call
in a Bandwagaon. SO FOLKS POST YOUR PRAYERS NOW SO THEY CAN BE INCLUDED
ON THE NEXT ROLLCALL.

Mamba: Please initiate a "Daily Prayer Vigil For Andrew Bynum" Bandwagon.
Cut and paste parts (or the whole thing) of my prayer as you see fit.
Post it on the Blog everyday immediately following the Roll Call.
We will get through this by Prayer and Faith.
Remember: Setbacks are Setups for COMEBACKS!
Posted by: utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER | February 02, 2009 at 12:17 PM

LET IT BE SAID LET IT BE WRITTEN, LET IT BE DONE

With Bynum, the Lakers would have easily breezed through the western conference playoffs with the only threat being the San Antonio Spurs. However, with his injury, the Lakers cannot guard Duncan one on one with Bynum. Additionally, the Lakers might struggle with the Suns who can be the 8th seed because of their size in Shaq and Amare.

MANEASY-

I am sorry but your quote is a bit of a joke.

Everyone relax! Take a deep breath and exhale. Never think about what your missing but what you have to work with at the time. We have a lot to work with, and the fact our players will have to learn to play better defense because baby Bynum will not be there to clean up there mess.

Even Phil has stated that "our players are who they are." Which are NOT good defensive players and NOT interested in playing defense consistently.

Lets not sugar coat anything here please, its annoying. Especially if its a fairytale quote.

Last year we suprised teams with our aquisition. This year we should hopefully make the finals but most likely not win the championship.

And for everyone else who says that our team is stronger because of a year more of experience together, ask yourself this,...Are the lakers the ONLY organization that ages with experience? So I presume that Cleveland, Boston and Orlando stay the same age every season too?

AND WHERE IS FAIR WEATHER FAN LAKERS TOM? Sorry about our guy LakersTom, he was starting to prove you right.

Tom hey bro....


I agree we have to make a move now. this injury really weakened the overall team now. so that means we gotta get a small forward i/e mike miller

As I said on my last post, it took way too long for this announcement to be made. I'm thinking they've known about the mcl tear since yesterday, and have been debating about what time frame to give. I'm hoping that they are being conservative in their estimate and that Drew may come back sooner.

MORE TO COME? WHEN... AND WHAT COULD IT BE?? I think we all want to know if it's a grade 1, 2, or, 3, or complete rupture... and NOW.

Its been a LONG time since ive posted, but reading some of these comments compelled me to speak:

Laker Nation, CALM DOWN!!!!!! Have most of you forgotten who we are and who our leader is?! Well if you have let me remind you, We are the Los Angeles Lakers, defending WCF CHAMPIONS, and the team on which the MVP and most dangerous man in the League plays!!!

Do you really think Kobe is gonna allow this season to be lost?! Do you think any of the guys from last years squad are thinking we cant do it without Bynum again? Hell No!! Yes, losing Drew hurts but people we've already done this once before, and the way I see it our competition has only gotten WORSE!

I tend to be of the glass half full ilk, so I personally believe Drew will make it back either in the middle of the playoffs or right before and that will be more than enough time for him 2 prepare for either Boston or Cleveland! In the mean time all Kobe, Pau, and LO have to do is lead us through a weaker WCF then they did last year! The CHIP is ours this year folks, theres no stopping it from happening!!! So just sit back, relax and enjoy The Lake Show!!!

Oh yeah and enjoy watching all the fair weather fans, and analysts try jumping back on our band wagon!!

@utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER:

I'd be careful about looking too much into the Lakers' "cakewalk" into the Finals last year. They did destroy the Spurs in 5, but Ginobili was a non-factor due to injuries. The Spurs this year are much healthier, stronger and hungrier, and note their history of playing championship-calibur ball every OTHER year.

Bynum this season gave the Lakers the toughness they lacked in last year's Finals. Where will they find it now? His absence in the paint will magnify the Lakers' defensive deficiencies, and they will pay for their nasty habit of taking nights off.

Not to mention that this must be a HUGE blow to the Lakers' confidence. The team as presently constructed is the team that "cakewalked" to the Finals, but it is also the team that got manhandled when it really mattered.

Go Spurs.

Flash: Kwame Brown seen flipping through old Laker playbook.

Who has ever heard of an MCL tear that doesn't need surgery? This Laker Training staff is full of crap. Last yearhe didn't need surgery and he was going to be back in 8-12 weeks remember. He in fact needed surgery and he didn't come back at all.

If AB is the future they need to treat his injury appropriately otherwise this might be another Detroit/Grant Hill senario.

And Boom Goes the Bynumite

This sux-Well all we can do is hope for a speedy recovery. The kid has been through some tuff injuries-season is far from over gang - Lakers will find a way to win they always do

Everyone needs to calm down.

Bynum is young. He'll heal up just fine. His body is in excellent shape, and he's maturing mentally, as well. The kid WILL be back this season.

It's a nice sunny day in California, so I'm not sure where all you fair-weathered fans came from...

You just gotta believe. This team is still fantastic.

Go Lake Show!

THIS REALLY EFFIN' SUCKS !!!

wonder how much different it is from Farmar's---he had surgery right away and then came back faster than expected...

whatever way it goes, all we can hope for is that the treatment is correct and the optimum to bring him back the soonest...

but I don't really trust the 8 to 12 weeks thing either---it's just too much like last year's estimate...

Lamar for Bosh? can't see it happening---if it does happen that would tell me that Bynum is done for the season ...

I still think starting Mihm is the way to go---at least it should be tried now early on and given a chance to work, they can always go the other way if it doesn't pan out---waiting to try it cuts down on the time it would take to develop etc.

ne game at a time should now be more of a mantra than ever...

GO LAKERS !!!

How hilarious would it be if the Lakers trounced the Crabs and Celtics on this road trip just leaving everyone scratching their heads...

>>>Having to play the C's with Perk and KG vs. Odom and
>>>Gasol would be deja vu last year's NBA finals

Actually, no it wouldn't. Odom and Gasol weren't terrible, they
held their own with Perk & KG. The problem was that Perk, KG,
and even Powe dominated Ronny Turiaf, their only healthy backup
at C, and Kobe was the only dependable wing defender, and he
can't cover Pierce and Allen at the same time.

This year the Lakers will have Trevor Ariza at full health.
They will also have Chris Mihm at full health, and hopefully
they can get him some productive minutes between now and
then. I don't think Mihm could hold off KG, but he certainly
is capable of defending Powe and scoring a few points in the post.
And there's also Josh Powell, who I actually think is slightly
better than Ronny was.

And the Celtics are without James Posey and PJ Brown, who
both contributed a lot to the team last year.

So even without Bynum, the Lakers are slightly better this
year and the Celtics are slightly worse this year, so I'm not
too worried about them. Might even beat them Thursday.

Cleveland and Orlando are much bigger threats without
Bynum.

Cleveland's key to winning is that LeBron is mostly
unstoppable. He just barges down the lane like a freight
train and either does a monster dunk or someone fouls him.
With Bynum back there, Bronnie couldn't just waltz down
the lane.
With Bynum out, LeBron will attack the Lakers like he attacks
the other 28 teams in the league.

 
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