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Andrew Bynum to reportedly have surgery on July 28

Lakers center Andrew Bynum will have surgery July 28 to treat the lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, according to the Lakers website.

Bynum had shared in his exit interview that he planned to have surgery around July 18, though he hadn't set a definitive date. Bynum provided a needed presence inside during the playoffs despite his physical limitations. He had his knee drained on multiple occasions and garnered universal praise in the locker room.

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MM -

Can you explain to us why players wait so long to have surgery? Other players have done the same - Shaq, most notoriously - so maybe there's some logic to it, but from a fan's perspective, it seems foolish not to have it done ASAP and allow yourself the more time possible to recover.

Andrew is the youth of the team. We need him moving forward to 3peat. Now please get a young, shooting point guard or small forward. Trade LaMar if needed.

Get well soon, big guy. We need ya.

In Andrew's case, he was planning to go to the World Cup right afterwards, which is why he got the knee drained prior to his exit interview so he wouldn't have swelling. They don't do surgery right away because they talk with the training staff and seek other medical options. Having surgery is such an exhausting procedure and after a long and grueling season, players need the rest.

MM

I have big expectations this year for the youngster Bynumite...

Andrew, work on that knee, make your legs stronger, and give us the same effort and mindset from the finals, and you will make the All Star squad this year...

But don't stop at individual goals, but stay focused on your main goal...

That is to anchor this teams front court...make everyone in the league know, that if you drive the paint, you will deal with the Beast...

Keep that as your goal, and everything will fall into place...

MM, thanks for the explanation.

I've been following Eric Pincus tweets and I like what he's saying about LO's participation especially on the Defensive end. Pincus reported taht LO was the most vocal out of all the players. I sure hope that this USA Team invite awakens his true potential and live up to it in a consistent basis next season. We would be really virtually unbeatable.

Brylle

I've been following Eric Pincus tweets and I like what he's saying about LO's participation especially on the Defensive end. Pincus reported taht LO was the most vocal out of all the players. I sure hope that this USA Team invite awakens his true potential and live up to it in a consistent basis next season. We would be really virtually unbeatable.

Brylle

I've been following Eric Pincus tweets and I like what he's saying about LO's participation especially on the Defensive end. Pincus reported taht LO was the most vocal out of all the players. I sure hope that this USA Team invite awakens his true potential and live up to it in a consistent basis next season. We would be really virtually unbeatable.

Brylle

Good luck, socks!

Finally! Here's hoping for a successful surgery and the Beast coming back strong. Get well soon, Drew!

It's 1:00 pm, MM!!!!!!
Time to welcome our new guy.

Miami Heat sign Juwan Howard. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

wade, lebron, miller, bosh, ilgauskas, howard... what's next, pat?

why would he waits that long to have a surgery, it will take a time to heal, rehab.. that doesn't make a sense . I am a big fan of Kobe,, but NBA players, they have no idea how lucky they are to play the game they love/exercise same time to be in shape and get pay $millions we only can dream of..

Puddle, the answer to your question is swelling. Docs originally wanted him to have it done on the 18th from what I understand so he could get the swelling down further. They probably pushed it back or maybe arrangements weren't feesible for the 18th here. He's looking at a short recovery and would be back on his feet by the middle of next month full time so no worries.

Also what MM said is true too. But the swelling was definitely a big issue.

If he needs to rest, do it after surgery.

It's not as bad as Shaq, but July is already over and training camp is in a month - and he's just now getting started with his knee...

You KNOW he wasn't working out hard before this - after all, he needed his rest.

Basically his post season heroics of fighting through the pain just balanced with his off season BS and we're back at square one.

Love you Socks, but come on man, we NEED you

I am just hoping for a full season of everyone being healthy all the way until mid/late June for the Championship. Hurry up and get well Bynum. I want the Lakers to make believers out of everyone!

Miami Heat sign Juwan Howard. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Posted by: dingostar | July 20, 2010 at 01:06 PM
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Who gives a Frak. Miami could sign MJ, DR J and Dr. Dre & we'd still kick their @zz. Know why? Cause we the Freaking 16 time NBA Champion LA Lakers and we don't adjust to teams, TEAMS ADJUST TO US!!!!

J-Dizzle, when it comes to Bynum, there is no such thing as "quick recovery"!! As a Laker fan, I appreciate the effort Andrew made during the playoffs, playing limited minutes with his meniscus injury. However, my discontent with him in general is that he is YET to earn his large salary! I am cautiously optimistic that this season we will witness a much improved Andrew Bynum.

I am just hoping for a full season of everyone being healthy all the way until mid/late June for the Championship. Hurry up and get well Bynum. I want the Lakers to make believers out of everyone! Posted by: basketballfanreg | July 20, 2010 at 02:06 PM
Do you know what a full season of everyone being healthy means? It means that not even the famed GODS OF OLYMPUS itself could not defeat this team. We are the Freaking 16 NBA Champion LA Lakers and the only team that can defeat us, IS US!!!!!!!!

What's the deal with Kobe's finger? Is he pretty much resigned to do nothing since it's dangerous? What about his knee?

It's as though we only hear crickets...

Players almost always take time after the season for surgery. Going from a loooong NBA season with a traumatized injury and a lot of fatigue straight into surgery and then into extensive rehab is not medially all that smart.


They like to get the injured area some rest, reduce trauma and swelling, then do the surgery. And then the rehab leads into getting in shape for camp.


Sometimes it runs into training camp even, but that is the way it goes.

Players almost always take time after the season for surgery. Going from a loooong NBA season with a traumatized injury and a lot of fatigue straight into surgery and then into extensive rehab is not medically all that smart.


They like to get the injured area some rest, reduce trauma and swelling, then do the surgery. And then the rehab leads into getting in shape for camp.


Sometimes it runs into training camp even, but that is the way it goes.

Get well, Drew!!!


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In Andrew's case, he was planning to go to the World Cup right afterward, which is why he got the knee drained prior to his exit interview so he wouldn't have swelling. They don't do surgery right away because they talk with the training staff and seek other medical options. Having surgery is such an exhausting procedure and after a long and grueling season, players need the rest.

MM

Posted by: Mark Medina | July 20, 2010 at 12:53 PM
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With about 3 1/2 months to go before the start of the grueling 82 game practice season, there was no rush. I'm glad he's getting it done this soon. I have always been a "Bynum guy." I have always been of the belief that the first two knee injuries were traumatic, freak injuries. I did get concerned this season because of his hip, Achilles heel and meniscus tear, but I think these injuries may have occurred because his body was compensating for his right knee injury of 2009 which he came back from prematurely to play in the playoffs. I believe that at 22, he is still growing into his body, that he is obviously getting bigger and stronger and that he will be a dominant player in this league for many years. I ALWAYS swatted away suggestions of the "Bynum-Bosh" sign and trade garbage. Ask LEWSTRS. I know this much, if I were King No Rings and D-Wade, I'd rather have Bynum than Bosh patrolling the low post at both ends of the floor.

Bynum's July 28 th surgery date is fine. I wish Kobe makes a wise decision regarding his finger surgery if needed. He needs to do that promptly. What about LO's shoulder? If Bynum has a robust recovery Wade's cartel team can be beaten even though the big 3 averages between 75 and 80 as long as our bench is plus 15 over their bench. Celtics are making sure their bench will achieve at least a plus 20 over the bench of Wade's Heat team!

The Lakers should consider sitting Bynum out until 3/4 of the way into the NBA season. For the past 3 years Drew has peaked through December/January and slowed down or gotten injured the rest of the way.

Get him out there with 20-30 games remaining in the regular season, let him find his rhythm in offense while building up his conditioning, and he'll be in peak shape mid-way through our playoff run.

A healthy Bynum = No rings for Mount Doom, a.k.a. Miami

I may be wrong, but I say let's trust Andrew and the medical experts that are dealing with his injury. I'd give Drew the benefit of the doubt, considering how he toughed it out in the playoffs. He's convinced me that he has his priorities straight. Hey, he's young and a World Champion Laker...he's entitled to a little down time and some fun!

I think it fair to say that Drew Bynum, the Lakers, and Drew's doctors all want him to be healthy for the coming season. It is also fair to say that they know more about the situation than any of us.

Let's let this one go, and hope for the best outcome.

LEWSTRS- Bynumite, that's a Hook.

Mamba24- Who gives a Frak. Miami could sign MJ, DR J and Dr. Dre & we'd still kick their @zz.

Now that's what I'm talking bout, Classic Mamba24

With all due respect; please trade Andrew Bynum while he still has "potential" and an "upside"...you know...like, before he becomes Danny Manning?

b.s. take the chip, the success, the money and the comittment for granted. he thinks he's better than he really is and that wouldn't be so bad if only it were true. he's an "injured man walking" and will not be available come playoff time....again. might as well push it all the way back to the all star break. he'll start peakin' just in time for the playoffs and will be injured for his annual summer break!!!!!! he, kobe and lo need to get their surgeries, take time to heal and be 100% for training camp. they represent over $40million in payroll for the season. trade him, lo, sasha & walton for one solid, consistent BIG.

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