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Lakers' Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom each trying to fight through their injuries

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Lakers center Andrew Bynum walked toward a small group of reporters after practice Saturday with little sign of concern or dissapointment. He had just learned of the MRI results that confirmed his strained left Achilles' tendon that will sideline him for at least the next four games. It's a procedure he's all too familiar with, what with his left-knee injury in the 2006-07 season, his right-knee injury last season and his hip injury this season. But he remained in high spirits this time around, initially thinking the injury would be a lot worse.

"I'm not frustrated," said Bynum, who injured his tendon running up the court in the third quarter in the Lakers' 104-96 victory Friday over the Minnesota Timberwolves. "I just want to get back to play."

The exact timetable on that return isn't currently clear with Bynum saying "it depends how long it takes for the pain to go away." Bynum is scheduled to get another evaluation sometime in the next week, but it isn't definitive whether that will take place during the team's five-game trip beginning this week or when the Lakers return after playing Atlanta March 31. If it's after the trip, as Bynum expects, he would miss at least six games, meaning the earliest return date would be April 2 when the Lakers host Utah. 

Meanwhile, Bynum is taking medicine to help alleviate the pain that extends from his calf muscle in his left leg to his Achilles, but he said he has abstained from painkillers. The rest of his treatment entails alternating ice and heat compression, laser therapy and wearing a boot.

Bynum plans to actually flying with the team during its five-game trip, saying he's eager to be with his teammates and is looking forward to visits with former Laker and current Houston forward Trevor Ariza and a friend who's a doctor in Houston. (The Lakers play the Rockets next Saturday). 

Bynum's news comes to a team that has a pretty full injury report with all but Luke Walton (pinched nerve in lower back) playing through their respective injuries. That includes Kobe Bryant (fractured index finger), Ron Artest (sore left thumb), Lamar Odom (sore left shoulder), Derek Fisher (groin/hip area) Shannon Brown (sore right thumb), Pau Gasol (tonsillitis) and Sasha Vujacic (sprained left shoulder). Lakers Coach Phil Jackson told reporters Saturday that Odom, who will start in Bynum's place Sunday against Washington, is "doing some work with his shoulder." Meanwhile, Fisher was excused from practice, though he is expected to play tomorrow.

With Bynum being the latest victim of the injury bug, he couldn't help but note the fact he had just thought he turned a corner with his knee and hip injuries. Bynum had also been averaging 15.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks on 56.8% shooting this month.

"It kind of [stinks] especially because I did an interview the other day about my health," Bynum said with a smile. "I think I'll be all right though."

Jackson noticed Bynum had the same even-keel approach immediately after his latest injury. With frustrations often getting the best of Bynum, I asked Jackson whether his optimistic outlook served as an example of his growth in handling adversity. He didn't exactly say one way or the other, but Jackson shared that the two joked about how the injury happened. 

"There wasn't as much remorse and ruing the fact that it happened and what it could possibly have been," Jackson said. "I was kind of pleased with that."

Odom dutifully noted the media's approach with him Saturday, which included us striking a conversation with him about his recent commercials and then shifting to his left shoulder injury.

"You softened me up so you could ask me how my shoulder is," Odom said, laughing.

Yet, his left shoulder sprain isn't actually anything new. Jackson mentioned the injury following the Lakers' 104-96 victory Friday over the Minnesota Timberwolves, but Odom said the injury happened Feb. 18 against Boston. In that game, Odom dunked over Ray Allen with a one-handed slam. Replays show that it looks like Odom hung on the rim and extended his shoulder. I can't say that definitively and my assessment isn't really all that credible. I'm just sharing what I thought I saw when I looked at the replay.

Regardless, Odom says he won't use the injury as an excuse, though he admitted, "I don't expect to the shoot the ball well; I don't expect to rebound well because of that quick motion, but I can still play basketball." With the Lakers trying to contend for a championship, Odom said he has not other choice but to put off resting his shoulder until the offseason. And as for whether Odom's minutes would be limited because of the injury, Jackson said he would only apply that approach if Odom's shoulder feels numb. Jackson said he wouldn't follow that strategy strictly to limit Odom's vulnerability, however. 

With Odom suffering this injury almost a month ago, there aren't many visible signs the shoulder has negatively affected his play. Though he's averaged only 11.5 points in the 13 games since he injured his shoulder, it's a fairly misleading statistic. Five of those games featured single-digit efforts, suggesting those efforts just confirm his reputation for lumping a few quiet nights between big performances. 

"It's something that I've tried to condition myself to play through," Odom said of injuries. "I've damaged it twice already so there's really not that much treatment ... I don't like to talk about it, but the part I hate about the injury the most is when I go and call on it and it may not answer me. I may go to the basketball, make a strong a move and my shoulder will say, 'No, not this time.' "

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum has the upper hand for an offensive rebound in a battle with Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love during the first half Friday night. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times.

 
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Gee, I don't know guys, about Drew. He was starting to play really well. And I do realize we lost a title and won a title basically without him (he was mostly a shell for those two Finals). Perhaps this will force that Offensive game that we know Ron has in him and Lamar as well!
I know we don't want to talk about next season, but I think this year's Playoffs will say wonders about what will happen in the off-season. It might be time to trade Drew after all (hurt every stinking year). I just don't know if this is going to be a major thing year after year. Don't get me wrong, a healthy rising Drew is fine with me, just not sure I trust this whole deal.

Some players are injury prone and have careers filled with injuries that minimize their effectiveness throughout their career. Bynum seems to fit into that category. Just when he starts playing up to his potential, he suffers an injury that keeps him out for two weeks to the rest of the season. He doesn't seem to rebound well from his injuries either -- like a Kobe Bryant.
For that reason, Bynum will always be a question mark, someone you can never rely upon when the big games come up. Let's hope he'll be ready to perform with energy and passion when the playoffs start -- but I doubt it.

that's right, Lamar...


At this time, ya want it all rounding into form not healing into shape.

The pattern of Andrew's good play followed by injury is, troublesome but because he's been through it, hopefully the bounce back won't take as long.

It's not supposed to be easy.

crap

la times has Bynum out 6 games

silver screen has him out ONLY 4.

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La times also says that he will go on the trip. together with tomorrow wizz game that is 6.

there is a contradiction.

obviously if he is out for 6 games, he should just stay home and rest. there is no reason to go on the trip.

if he is out ONLY for 4, he can play in the last game in atlanta. that is the best team on the trip.

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the question is: who is reporting the NEWS? and how? how much is their personal and subjective input? nothing new.

and lets relax. NEW Luke is back as a player AND coach. high IQ and skilled passing. it's a winning situation. :-)

We need to have Drew's presence to repeat. Last year and this year teams loaded up to keep up with the Lakers so no comparison to last years title. It will be harder and we basically just swapped TA for RA. If we had acquired RA and kept TA a lot of teams would not try to out run us. And we need Drew's muscle down low in the post.

Not much to do with Bynum, but I got it mostly done, so i thought i'd throw it out there, i'll try to repost tomorrow or something.

‘If It Were the Playoffs’
To the tune of ‘If I Were a Rich Man’ from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
Sing along at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBHZFYpQ6nc&feature=related

Oh Stern you put so many many games in the season
I realize, of course, we have to sell the tickets
But it’s really a pain in the ass!
So what would be so terrible if it were the freakin playoffs?!

If it were the playoffs,
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
All game long we'd biddy biddy bum.
If the games finally counted.
We could finally play hard
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
If it were finally the,
Yidle-diddle-didle-didle play offs.

All game long we’d bust our butts playing defense
Chasing down the open ball
All our coverages would then be in an even flow
We would run right through the guy setting picks
Even sometimes a moving screen
And hit them with a hip check down below

Staples would be filled with Jack and Dianne and Andy Garcia
Just to come and cheer for us
And in the third quarter for once they wouldn’t interview Matt Kemp
(Hopefully)
And in his box with some models it’s Dr. Buss
Cause they know that he’s a wealthy man


If it were the playoffs,
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
All game long we'd biddy biddy bum.
If the games finally counted.
We could finally play hard
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
If it were finally the,
Yidle-diddle-didle-didle playoffs.


I see our offense, the triangle, looking like the triangle should
The way it should be ran
We’d be sure to pass the ball three or four times
In order to find the open man
Spacing ourselves properly on the floor

All our opponents would be the very best teams
And we could scout them
And take away their strengths
Come and try it Derron Williams
You’re not open Chauncey Billups
Cutting them off and stopping them with our length!

And it would be so much harder for them to hit their threes
In the playoffs, it’s more intense you know.

In the playoffs there are no lousy back to backs
No playing every single day
And we could actually get some rest
And we could practice all the facets of our game, several hours a day
And hopefully that would help Artest

If it were the playoffs,
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
All game long we'd biddy biddy bum.
If the games finally counted.
We could finally play hard
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
If it were finally the,
Yidle-diddle-didle-didle playoffs.

Stern, in order to make enough to pay the costs
You decreed that there should be eighty two
Can you say we can’t be happy when it’s through?

When it is finally the playoffs!

Everybody be sure to check out the great moves by Topol. He really nails that dance move. Some NBA coach should try it sometime.

Melo had 3 lay-ups in the last minute. bailed out by call for first.
missed 2. missed jumper. jr smith missed jump.

now they r CLUTCH. at home with the bucks.

and if u think the Lakers have a tough 5 road game trip, this is Nuggets road trip

NY, boston, TOR, orlando, Dallas. not too shabby. :-)

so there is a lot of buffer the Lakers have with the Bynum injury, regarding the standings.

BLOG CRUE
This will be a good time for Drew to get a break in preparation for the playoffs. I like the fact that he'll travel with the team.

Nuggets and Mavericks lose! I'll be at the Kings/Avalanche game at the Coke Center next week. GO KINGS!

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

Everybody be sure to check out the great moves by Topol. He really nails that dance move. Some NBA coach should try it sometime.

Posted by: phred | March 20, 2010 at 08:29 PM

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Good one, Phred. I saw Topol's Farewell Tour at the Orange County Performing Arts Center last August. The dancing was more subdued but considering he is 73, it was entertaining nevertheless. The voice was somewhat gravelly but I think he was recovering from a recent illness.

One good thing for us to cheer for (at least partly), in the midst of gloom o Drew being unavailable:

Both Mavericks and Thuggets LOST today to their opponents, and that gives us a little more breathing room. We're 4.5 and 5 games over Nuggets and Mavericks respectively.

We have 13 games remaining, so as long as we go AT LEAST 9-4 in the rest 13 games, we'll bag the #1 seed in the west in our pouch.

There are games against Wizards, Wolves, Kings and Clippers, which we can take as sure Ws. So, all that is pending is to win 5 of the rest 9 (go 5-4), and thats all we would need to seal the deal.

Thugs have road games against Suns, Celtics, Magic and Mavs, we I see them losing at least one of the four (That means we can even go 9-5 and get the #1 seed)

However, when it comes to Mavs, they have lot of home games, and their road games are against weaker teams (other than Portland and Hornets). On the other hand they also host Thugs, Celtics, Magic - and they might drop one of these for sure.

So, all we need is finish AT LEAST 8-5, or 9-4, and then have home advantage through the WC playoffs.

Also, if we finish 9-4, then our record would be 60-22, and I would say this 60-22 is as good as last year's 65-17 (or even better), given the injuries of this year and many 1 or 2 pt losses.

Now, isn't that a positive note to look at how our regular season has went through?? :)

Denver & Dallas lost today; its always a good day when our enemies fall.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

...am I the only person who can never hear anything on these videos?

It always sounds like the background noises (sneakers on the court, dribbling etc.) are really loud, while the actual interviews (and particularly the questions posed to players) are quiet as all hell.

Anyone else?

If they're saying AB is out 2 to 3 weeks, history has shown that really means 4 to 6 weeks.
On the bright side, as a previous blogger mentioned, this means more minutes for Mbenga and Powell.
One complaint I do have about PJ, ok, one of the many complaints, is that he doesn't play deep into his bench. In an 82 game season there should be ample oppurtunities to rest starters or at least reduce their minutes, ala Popovich.

Injuries suck.

--FEARless

Hey, we thought we were up shyte creek when Kobe went out, a little more of that team play and we'll be fine until Drew comes back... then we go git some! Booyah!

Kobefan in Cupertino,

I care much less about us having home court advantage and much more
about how we're playing. Home court doesn't suck though!

3 keys to our success

1. Can D-Fish, Artest & the bench make shots?

2. Will the Lakers, as a team, play with effort against *GOOD* teams as
opposed to the Kings & GSW?

3. Will our frontline fight for position/rebounds?

I bought m y tickets to the FAN Fest for Saturday and my tickets stated 3:00pm. I got there early to enter and when I arrived at the Convention Center I saw a SEA of folks. It took me 1 hour and 45 mintues to get and I went straight to the autograph stage and found it to be so unorganize and also a SEA of folks.Now, I get there at 2:35 as again my tickets stated be there at 3:00. I waited for an 1 hour and 45 mintues to get in, its now3:45 when I get in as I stated went to the autograph stage and saw the SEA of folks. I asked where the line started and nobody knew and I asked the folks how long have then been in line, one stated since 10:35 and they still hadn't made to the stage for an autograph.When I found someone to tell me where the line starts which was un real in the amount of folks in line.Around 5:45 after standing in line for over 2 hours a guy wearing the OFFICAL STAFF SHIRT, stated you guys should leave as you will never make it to the stage for an autograph as there are over 5 thousands folks in line before you and that autographs would only be siging until 8:00pm. THen why would you tell folks over the radio until 10pm.I truly feel lied to as the radio time said 10pm and I want my refund. The fan fest was just a total scam to folks.

Totally a failure from a fan, I truly felt I would be able to get some autographs, but the event was so poorly organized and run and I now feel it was just a hugh scam.

It seems that Bynum cannot last a whole season without some type of serious injury that takes him out for months. I say he is prime trade bait. I doubt if the Lakers can get much for him because the NBA teams know how prone he is to injury. The Lakers should attempt to get a couple of PG's for Bynum. That is their weak spot.

CONGRATULATIONS to Lamar and Shannon for setting the World Record on most free throws made in a minute span! Now if they can only be as consistent on the court :)

Get well Drew! We need you come playoffs. 2nd to Kobe, Drew has a very cute smile.

1. I am so happy that Bynum's injury was not a tear. SO HAPPY! Thank you, God!

2. I'm looking forward to see what Josh Powell and DJ Mbenga can do. I've got particularly high hopes for Josh Powell. I've always liked that kid.

3. When's Luke getting back? All this rest for a pinched nerve is ridiculous. If it was this bad, he should have gotten surgery months ago.

4. I do find it interesting that Lamar Odom has become the face of the Lakers. On some level, it makes sense. He's got a famous wife, he's likable, he has wit and charm... and lacks the intimidating intensity of say... Kobe. I'm fine with it.

5. I'm disappointed by the reviews of Lakers Fan Jam. It sounded like such a great idea, but then it seems that the execution and organization completely sucked. Not cool.

6. I really, really, really wish I could see Adam Morrison playing again with some confidence and aggression... I just don't think it's going to happen.

7. Season premier of "Breaking Bad" is tonight. Awesome!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

BEDO,

"It seems that Bynum cannot last a whole season without some type of serious injury that takes him out for months."

Except, of course, this season in which he has just this minor injury that will have him out only a couple weeks.

You know, it really helps for you to think before you begin typing things.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

I think we should explore the idea of Kobe Bryant playing a point guard or point forward position.

Through the injury, starting line-up

Kobe Bryant
Shannon Brown
Ron Artest
Lamar Odom
Pau Gasol

It could work.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

ouchh - Silver Screen and Roll based it off published reports. Basically here's where the confusion may be. The Lakers plan to evaluate him at SOME POINT next week, but it's not definitive when. Bynum said he expected that to happen after the road trip which ends March 31. So if Bynum is correct that would mean six games. But if the Lakers do it in a week (ie seven days) that could be four. Bottom line is there's nothing definitive yet until he gets another evaluation.

MM

Andrew sure is likable.

He doesn't seem all that concerned in the video. I'm not sure how to read that.

I'm a bit concerned that all they're doing for the injury is ice and heat. What is this middle school? They're not even using ultrasound to facilitate healing of the injury? Crazy.

Dr. Jon's Suggestion:

Ice
Heat
Ibuprophen
Dit Da Jow
Ultrasound therapy
Elevating the leg above the heart
Liquid essential sea minerals supplementation
Omega-fatty acid supplementation
MSM supplementation
Healthy diet with extra amounts of fresh, raw vegetables
Ankle brace when he comes back from injury

There you go.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!


hobbitmage,

"Can D-Fish, Artest & the bench make shots?"

This question is huge. If we could just start making our OPEN, outside shots, we'd be winning every game by double-digits.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

7. Season premier of "Breaking Bad" is tonight. Awesome!
What do we play for? RINGS!!!!
Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
GO LAKERS!!!!
Posted by: Jon K. | March 21, 2010 at 09:15 AM

It is! Jon, I absolutely LOVE that show! I wonder what the heck that says about us (meaning all of us) that we love movies like The Godfather, Goodfellas, and Donny Brasco. I will also include Dexter, the series about the Serial killer with a soul?

Jon, you watching the series Spartacus? Not bad... those Romans were Decadent!

Jon K - Thanks for the feedback. I noticed the drop in audio and I'm tinkering with my camera to see what's wrong. I hadn't changed any settings so hopefully it'll be fixed soon

MM


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