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Lakers expect Andrew Bynum to be limited in training camp

July 28, 2010 |  9:28 pm

Although Lakers center Andrew Bynum underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his right knee, as first reported by The Times' Broderick Turner, the team doesn't expect Bynum to recover fully until the regular season begins.

"Bynum is expected to be available on a limited basis at the start of training camp and make a full recovery by the start of the regular season," the team said in a statement.

Bynum's brother, Corey Thomas, told Turner that Andrew plans to return to Los Angeles in two days and expects that his rehabilitation will last six to eight weeks. That means Bynum potentially could finish his rehab process as late as three days before training camp starts on Sept. 25.

Of course, Bynum historically hasn't exactly recovered from injuries as quickly as original timetables suggested. That means it wouldn't be surprising if he is limited. Before you lament this, keep in mind that Bynum is working with trainers in Vancouver and Los Angeles to improve his core strength, which will work as a preventative measure against injuries. He also showed during last season more of a willingness to do whatever it took to fight through injuries, including getting round-the-clock treatment, draining his knee and tolerating the pain. 

And finally, don't lambaste Bynum's decision to wait until now to get his surgery. Bynum wanted to have surgery on July 18, but he didn't have it until Wednesday in New York by Dr. David Altchek because  no other date was available. As valuable as it would be for Bynum to have more time for rehab, having surgery immediately after the season is unrealistic since it's an exhausting procedure and only exacerbates the fatigue from a long season.

-- Mark Medina

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