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Lakers' Bynum has knee drained

May 31, 2010 |  4:16 pm


Lakers center Andrew Bynum had a substantial amount of fluid drained from his right knee Monday, according to a team spokesman.

Bynum had almost 2 1/2 ounces removed, after being slowed by torn cartilage in the knee for a little more than a month, an injury that has limited his time and effectiveness on the court.

He had 10 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes in his most recent game, Saturday against Phoenix in the finale of the Western Conference finals. Early in that game, he winced when he landed after completing a seven-foot turnaround shot but he kept playing.

Undergoing the procedure was a last resort, Bynum said.

"I didn't want to," he said. "I'm the one who had been fighting it the whole time. But it just got to a point where the swelling was just staying there, kind of like that green ball over there."

Bynum pointed to a green medicine ball on a rack at the Lakers' training facility.

The Lakers' next game is Thursday against the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum has his shot challenged by Phoenix power forward Amare Stoudemire in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. Credit: Luis Sinco