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Andrew Bynum reportedly will miss all preseason games

54398148There's nothing like starting your morning with some Andrew Bynum news.

Keep refreshing the comments threads because the news isn't good for the Lakers. To which you reply in frustration: "Of course it isn't good. News involving Andrew Bynum's health is never good."

NBA.com's David Aldridge reports that Bynum will not play in any preseason games and hasn't been cleared for any basketball activities after having arthroscopic surgery this summer on his right knee. Aldridge says Bynum will travel with the team and that the Lakers hope he will be cleared to do some preseason work.

I've blogged about Bynum's extensive history of injuries, pondered whether he might stay healthy this season and analyzed what he could provide even if he were still limited. Everyone in this corner of the blogosphere has commented and debated this topic ad nauseam, and it looks like that's just going to continue.

So how will Bynum's health issues affect the Lakers during training camp?  Pau Gasol will get more run, meaning it's good he rested well this off-season. Lamar Odom could volunteer to play some center after manning the position with Team USA. Theo Ratliff and Derrick Caracter will have more time to see how they fit in the system. And, maybe, just maybe, Russell Hicks cracks the Lakers roster.

Update: 10:17 a.m.: 

Lakers spokesman John Black said the team doesn't expect Bynum will play during the pre-season, although he added it's possible he may play toward the end of it. The Lakers have preseason games against Minnesota (Oct. 4 in London), Barcelona (Oct. 7 in Barcelona), Sacramento (Oct. 13), Denver (Oct. 16) an to be determined game (Oct. 17), Utah (Oct. 19 in Anaheim), Golden State (Oct. 21 in San Diego) and Golden State (Oct. 22 in Ontario).

"He's not ready for the beginning of training camp," he said. "We'll update him as camp moves on. We're hopeful by the start of the season that he'll be ready."

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Oy Vey.

:-(

Didn't we already know this?


The Lakers will have no problem integrating Drew when he is ready, so him not playing in preseason doesn't worry me.


The silver lining is solid minutes for Odom early to get his head in the season, and an opportunity for Ratlifff and Caracter to find their way.


The Lakers will get by without Drew, and when he is ready this will be the most talented and deeeeeepest Laker team in a long long time.

All I can do is shake my head in frustration. I mean, really? OK, so he's missing some preseason games. Is it out of caution? Yeah, he's not cleared, but is there anything TRULY wrong? Maybe it's just slow going? What's the scoop, MM?

Looking forward to more news, and hopefully good news!

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I second what Caliphilosopher wrote: Oy Vey...

Nothing like getting up in the morning, brewing up some coffee, getting to the computer then feeling sick inside from reading the top.

OK, count me in the increasingly concerned crowd now. Arthriscopic surgery shouldn't take 3+ months to heal, no? We're not talking major ligament surgery here.

I hope that the Lakers are just taking an overly cautious preventive measure here, cross my fingers that is all it is.

Ugh, really not the best way to kick off a three-peat. But I'm going to keep a positive view, this is the Lakers being careful with 'Drew.

Still, it's not good news that he's still not cleared, not good at all. Wish I could spin this another way, I just can't, It just plain and simple not good news...


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All right TD -

Your post made me feel a little better. Gotta like the silver lining...

Loved the interview with Coop, by the way, and agreed with him on about everything, including that as Drew's big body matures he will be less injury prone.


Interesting that Coop, who was tight with Magic, called Kareem the best Laker ever.


Is there not a spot on the Lakers' staff for a tough defensive coach like Coop? An all-time fave of mine for his toughness.

Tom Daniels: "The silver lining is solid minutes for Odom early to get his head in the season, and an opportunity for Ratlifff and Caracter to find their way.
The Lakers will get by without Drew, and when he is ready this will be the most talented and deeeeeepest Laker team in a long long time."

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Thank you for that, reassures me a bit. All is not lost because 'drew doesn't play in exhibitions, you're right Tom. Especially though, if Caracter can show some game, maybe get some good playing time in these exhibitions, it can truly be a silver lining if he turns out remotely as good as he played in the Vegas Summer League.


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I know PJ won't do it, but - Bynum or no - I'd really like to see the starters start - but 7 to 12 get the starters minutes during the preseason, limiting Bryant, Gasol, Odom, and Fisher to twenty minutes per.

It's a long season.

PJ is dead on that teamwork is the key this year. This Laker team's core has been together so long, and accomplished so much. They know how to work together to win. Miami still has to learn how to play together.


The Lakers have some key guys who don't need a lot of shots to contribute, guys who do the little things and leave room for Kobe and Pau to be the stars, Lamar's unselfishness may be his best attribute on this team. Fish. Artest. Luke. Ratliff. Guys like that are the glue that holds the whole thing together.


If everybody wants to be a star (Farmar, Sasha) the whole thing comes apart.

BTW - They'll be showing Kobe's 81 pt game on FSN 10/3 - gotta check and see what time. I know I had all my Laker games I had save go away with a dead DVR, so I'm stoked to know I'll have the chance to DVR this one.

Why do I get the feeling that Andrew still will not be ready when the regular season starts?

I'll be glad when training camps starts so we can hear first hand from AB about his health. He loves to give us his blow by blow description...hopefully he won't go Kobe on us about his status.

Anyway, no worries. Take your time Drew it's a long season!

As I predected at the end of the season last year. Bynum is not going to play at least until after the All-Star break. He is injury prone and should be traded as soon as he can play. Trade him for Melo. With 6 years of NBA under his belt he is a waste. One of the worst selections the Lakers have made.

Tom Daniels: "Lamar's unselfishness may be his best attribute on this team."
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"If everybody wants to be a star (Farmar, Sasha) the whole thing comes apart."
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So true. Lamar is by nature an unselfish person, he is happy for others, and is the perfect glue guy, his versatility lending itself to helping where help is needed. I understand that some people see flashes of brilliance out of L.O., and want him to push his game and be more assertive - but it simply isn't him, he wouldn't be successful playing that way. Not only that, it would eliminate his unselfish qualities which fit in so well with PJ's philosophies about team play.

I am very happy, to be frank, that Farmar is gone. He was always the square peg coming off the bench. Sasha takes the occasional ill-advised shot, but that is his role so I don't begrudge him as much. Farmar though didn't understand his role, he never would read the game and do what was needed, needlessly pushing it at times, taking bad shots with the Lakers holding a slim lead, on and on. My goodness, have we ever upgraded to get Blake, someone I've liked for years.

Everyone though has really gotta come together now, so they can hold down the fort until 'Drew comes back (hopefully it doesn't spill into the regular season).

Great posts Tom!


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@LakerTom,

To quote the real MJ...I'm a lover not a fighter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y96mdVTMByk

So now that you've thrown down the gauntlet I have no choice but to check out Robin Hood...lol.

Like has been said, we were aware of this. Until Bynum gets through a season, his health will be a topic. It's this kind of news that keeps the flame of hope alive in our opponents.

At top of Aldridge's article is my greater concern and that's Kobe; and it's his finger more so than his knee.

Can't wait to see how the newcomers perform. October 4 can't get here fast enough.

Yeah, it was my understanding months ago, when Drew finally went under the knife (later than originally intended) that he would be missing the preseason. I don't think this is really news. Furthermore, I suspect that though he'll be in the starting lineup when the Lakers tip-off in the regular season, he'll be somewhat limited until he's fully conditioned. I don't think any of this necessarily bodes badly for the Lakers - more early opportunities for Odom, Ratliff and Caracter, and those are certainly good things. As long as Bynum is healthy for the real Lakers season, that doesn't begin until April, I'm cool.

everything is an opportunity, it is what it is. we now see how this will operate in a drew-less mode, with the new bigs

Cali,

I'm with you. I do not like this at all. I don't mind the extra time it takes Bynum to heal, but I do REALLY mind the fact that Bynum did not consider his slow healing when he postponed his surgery after the season.

And if I'm not mistaken, Andrew Bynum put off surgery so he could go to Europe with his family on a nice relaxing vacation.

That is more of a Shaq move than a Kobe move, and this scares me.

I'm not going to look for excuses right now. I'm disappointed in Bynum's "big picture" vision and drive. He should know better and do better.

Not kosher.

Wes

Socks' knee? Meh.

Kobe's finger? Who cares.

The REAL question - as I see it - is WHY does Thriller say we should call him 'jockstrap Ron' this week? WHY???

For the love of god, MM - PLEASE - find out what the deal is!! This is disturbing me to no end. I can't eat. I can't sleep. ARGH - WHY IS IT JOCKSTRAP RON?????

I think this was always a possibility since Drew tends to be slower with the healing, his doctor had to push the surgery off a couple weeks, etc. If they are "taking the time" to get him back to speed to insure a stronger recovery, that's not such a bad thing. Drew's supposedly been doing his core work and other exercises for awhile, so it's all good.

As others have pointed out, this may give some of the "new guys" a little more playing time, which can't hurt. I guess I'm still looking for Drew to finish the season strong as a mark of success.

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No big deal that Drew can't play in the pre season, probably better that he doesn't anyway. A little more concerning is it was mentioned in the article that in addition to not playing, he is not clear for any basketball related type of activity.

That being the case I wonder if he can start playing opening night vs Houston and Yao with no pre season activity or game two at Phoenix and the following week against Portland and Denver.

Might be relevant if the Lakers experience a few losses in the first part of the season in games they may have won with Drew, until he gets going.
Just like last year, HCA is going to be very important.

Hopefully the Lakers are just being very cautious with him and don't want to risk him in the pre season.

Typing to the tune of LRob's link to MJ's 'Girl is Mine' - underrated song.

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63 Footer: "I think this was always a possibility since Drew tends to be slower with the healing, his doctor had to push the surgery off a couple weeks, etc. If they are "taking the time" to get him back to speed to insure a stronger recovery, that's not such a bad thing. Drew's supposedly been doing his core work and other exercises for awhile, so it's all good.
As others have pointed out, this may give some of the "new guys" a little more playing time, which can't hurt. I guess I'm still looking for Drew to finish the season strong as a mark of success."
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I'm glad that Tom Daniels and yourself are on here giving us a realistic and optimistic view of this.

I must say though, as a huge Bynum backer I'm still alarmed about his recovery time on injuries. As he ages, it will only increase. I have absolutely no questions about his game given his age, however the injury issue seems to always rear it's head regarding 'Drew, and it is concerning.

I like the silver lining though about the rest of the guys getting more time, especially Caracter since L.O.'s time on Team USA, and Ratliff's experience. It's just that more and more I get the nagging feeling that Bynum will never fully escape the injuries, that we may be seeing another Bill Walton. I don't want to think such things, but I can't keep the thought out of my head...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

I guess Coop isn't in the rafters because he's still so active in the game?

I'm okay with this as long as he's healthy for the playoffs. The beginning is the least important time of the season for a team with championship aspirations.

justanothermambafan - Ron nicknamed himself Jockstrap Ron because of a radio interview with the K Bros over the weekend. Andy and Brian were asking him about auctioning off his ring and mentioning how instead of selling the ring (since it is his only one), he should be able to auction off other things like jersey, cards, etc. Then Ron joked he would auction off his body and then mentioned he should auction off his jock strap. That then led into laughs of course and Ron went even further, saying it wouldn't be worth much unless he made sure Kim Kardashian touched it

MM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!


THANKS MM!!!!!


That's hilarious - GOD - you gotta love RON!!!

Tom Daniels - The key thing is that before the team expected Bynum just to be limited during training camp. But at this point he's not cleared yet to be on the court at all

MM

MM - so no reason as to why he's not cleared? Do they not understand that millions of people are just sitting around, refreshing threads, holding their breath and anxiously waiting to know the status of our starting center??? How can they not KNOW this?? How can they DO this to us???

MM: "Ron nicknamed himself Jockstrap Ron because of a radio interview with the K Bros over the weekend. Andy and Brian were asking him about auctioning off his ring and mentioning how instead of selling the ring (since it is his only one), he should be able to auction off other things like jersey, cards, etc. Then Ron joked he would auction off his body and then mentioned he should auction off his jock strap. That then led into laughs of course and Ron went even further, saying it wouldn't be worth much unless he made sure Kim Kardashian touched it"
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You've now made this a 'must-listen to' interview. Manny being Manny? Ron Ron being Ron Ron is so much better! Gotta listen to this now.


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cyber - you got the link?

justa,

Lol, millions of people refreshing threads???
Maybe more like tens of people, but anyway, I know what you mean, just giving you a hard time.

He isn't cleared because he isn't healed yet.
That's the concern, no way they want him back too early.

Bynum being out during preseason games does not worry me...he'll be up and running come regular season plus we got the candy man -- I'm sure he's still pumped up from winning @ the FIBA...I'm excited to see our bench perform this year...all is good in the Land o' Lakers...btw, good day to everyone and to you MM...

I am also curious why this Bynum's injury update has been reported by David Aldridge instead of the Lakers. When the Lakers invited Russell Hicks to the training camp, they might know something about Bynum's injury status but we didn't hear anything from the Lakers.

Better Pre than Post.

PRESEASON GAMES . . .

Lakers three-peat in 2000-2002. Other than an exciting exchange of pleasantries between Rick Fox and Doug Cristy during one game, the preseason games during that stretch are blanks on the canvas.

Lakers back-to-back in 2009-2010. Much more recent, but can anyone honestly say much of anything specific or relevant remembered from preseasons of these past two seasons? Maybe our flirting with the Tony Gafney possibilities, but anything else?

Other than one particularily excessively competitive game between Lakers & Portland in a preseason game in Hawaii back in the late 80's (BOTH teams' first preseason game that was played with playoff passion), I really don't recall any preseason game mattering once the season started.

Let alone by the All-star break.

Let alone by the start of the playoffs.

Let alone by the June celebrations and parade.

TOM DANIELS is right. There are too many other "bright sides" to enjoy during a month of meaningless scrimmages. In fact, here is my humble submission on TEN BRIGHTS TO WATCH during preseason.

1. Who will be the darkhorse, non-guaranteed contract, camp invitee who will have half the blog clamoring for his inclusion on the 15 man roster come October?
2. Is D-Ebanks the second coming of Trevor Ariza?
3. Will D-Caracter 'shock and awe' us?
4. Does Theo Ratliffe still have what it takes defensively to be a 5-8 minute contributer in regular season?
5. Kobe's finger, Kobe's knee, Kobe's... whatever!
6. Blake WILL 'shock and awe' us... only question is to what extent?
7. Will M-Barnes have chemistry with his new teammates or not?
8. Does the bench infuse uptempo style with Blake/Barnes/Odom/Brown?
9. Will TV do an on-court, postgame interview with Ron Artest at the final horn? Please, please, PLEASE say yes!
10. How will Luke Walton look?

Mike

No socks in the preseason - No Problem. I'm not going to worry until they say he's out until mid-Nov. At that point I'll probably start leaning toward the Hobbitmage camp of Drew Philosophy. I mean, I'm in my 50s and I heal faster than this (though I whine for additional days so I don't have to mow the lawns).

JR

Guys, The Ron interview was linked in yesterday's morning post

MM

Okay, I still have a cold and I'm high on cold medicine, tea, cognac (hey, hot toddies are the only thing for a cold) and fettuccine with clam sauce (I think my body is craving more zinc), so I'm going "out of the box" here.

I think this is all a master plan by Phil to lull all the other teams into a false sense of security. First he talks about teamwork, then no Drew (who is secretly working with the team in the underground bunker beneath Staples, originally built for a James Bond film villain hideout but then discarded when the director wasn't allowed to use a working atomic reactor). The other teams laugh that the Lakers will have no teamwork because of no Drew.

Then the false trail of "Jockstrap Ron." MM you may THINK you know what that's about, but it is in fact another red herring. A "report" will come shortly that Ron was seen running to the bus only in his jock strap (and it was on his head, mind you), and again the other teams will laugh and feel secure.

At some point Pau will quietly mention he's thinking of becoming a doctor again (or a vet... he's not sure), UPS will decide to take part in the 3-point shooting at the All-Star break (and put up a Let Shannon Shoot web site), NASA will spot Lamar orbiting Pluto, thus giving it a moon and declare it a planet again, Luke will make noises about starting, Sasha will pull a Bobby Riggs and challenge his girlfriend to a naked tennis match (no one will pay for the pay-per-view, as Sasha's the only one who wants to take his clothes off), Barnes will become part owner of a Starbucks, and Theo will be mistaken for a petrified tree while visiting Arizona.

Oh, and Sonny Belfast will found to secretly have been Tex Winter all along.

Kobe, of course, will say nothing... all season.

Don't let any of this worry you; it's only misdirection by Phil. No worries.

I gotta get some more cold medicine now.

Frick!
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Double frick!
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Urgh.
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It doesn't sound like Andrew has been taking those mineral supplements that Theo gave him.
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The Lakers could trade for Yao Ming, and have Yao and Bynum each play 24 minutes per game....just wishful thinking out of frustration for both players...

justanothermambafan: sorry, went away from the page looking for the link, put on a K-Bros podcast and did a little cleanup around the house. It wasn't the right one, so will look for it again, and will post when I find it.


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justa, here's the direct link to the Ron Ron interview:

http://cdn11.castfire.com/audio/303/2111/7273/419122/espnlosangeles_2010-09-19-192022-3953-0-0-0.32.mp3

it's 18:33 long, so I'm gonna put it on and do a little more work 'round the house, lol.


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Mamba24..........Is that really you? You are a handsome young man!! Kinda a cross between Mohamad Ali, Robert Horry and Will Smith. My husband was a Purchasing Director for Digital Equipment, a computer company that is no longer in business. Socks will be ready to go when the Season starts. This will give us a chance to play the newbies!! 3 more days till camp!!!!!!!!!!YEA!

Jon K: "It doesn't sound like Andrew has been taking those mineral supplements that Theo gave him."
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LOL. Darn it, maybe L.O. could loan him some candy, he could slip those supplements in there and pretend it's a tootsie roll.

I double your double frick: quad frick!

ok, some cleaning up for me while listening to Ron Ron.


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Pluto...jock straps...never a dull moment in the life of Ron.

I for one, cannot believe that Bynum will miss the preseason. I'm in total shock.

NOT.


DBDH!

Thanks a lot, cyber..

I have more appreciation and respect for Ron as time goes by. He's proven himself to be a quality human being, and I love that he's a Laker.

GO RONRON!!

Mamba24..........Is that really you? You are a handsome young man!! Kinda a cross between Mohamad Ali, Robert Horry and Will Smith. My husband was a Purchasing Director for Digital Equipment, a computer company that is no longer in business. Socks will be ready to go when the Season starts. This will give us a chance to play the newbies!! 3 more days till camp!!!!!!!!!!YEA!Posted by: NewMexicoLakerLifer | September 22, 2010 at 10:07 AM
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AW, you are just too kind, thank you. I bet you wouldn’t have said that if this was Sunday and the Vikes had just lost to be 0-2 lol! Don’t worry it’s plenty of games left and I aint giving up on Brett yet. I still predict the Vikes are SuperBowl bound. Digital Equipment was a great company they made some good products. I thought they merged with or were taken over by another computer company. I hope your husband came out of it alright in any case. As for Socks being out…as you say this will give us a chance to check out the newbies. The more playing time they get, the more confidence they’ll have when playoffs come. Thanks again and you and your Husband have a wonderful Lakers day!
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BREAKING NEWS:

The sky is blue, the sun is hot, and Bynum is taking longer than expected to heal from a minor surgery.

Bad news, but what I really want is to have him ready for the real thing. We can't afford another year of injuries.

Good luck, socks!

After thinking about things, I'm just glad that there isn't a setback from the surgery. While I'd love for him to be ready to go right now, I take it as better news that he doesn't have to get any opinions on lingering pain.

Better to heal now than to do something to risk losing time during the real "practice season" and then the playoffs.

Hey guys I just talked with Lakers spokesman John Black. I just updated the thread.

MM

Mamba24... He also was with Gateway in Iowa..........Was very happy to get back to NM. He did very well with both and then finished up with Management Recruiters. I think the Vikes are hurting. We signed Hank Baskett...He played at UNM,and he will never replace Sidney Rice. Personally, I wish we would have kept Randy Moss many years ago.I really liked him. The Twins are looking pretty awesome though!!

Just one thing to point out, which is a huge necessity when you read news about Bynum's injury. Pay close attention to the conservative language that the team puts out regarding any injury update on Bynum. For example, Lakers spokesperson John Black said the team "expects" Bynum to miss all of preseason but it's "possible" he may be cleared in time to play toward the end. He also said the team is "hopeful" that Bynum be ready to play once the regular season starts. The reason I point this out is the team doesn't have a definitive answer because of his timetable or how healthy he will be because of how unpredictable his injury will become. This is important to distinguish what is considered a "step back" from Bynum's injury or just the simple case that there's an uncertainty how the reaction time will fare out during his recovery. Bottom line, the frustration will still be there if he's limited. But thought I'd point this out

MM

63 Footer: You could be writing hollywood movies. Plus, seems that your cold medicine might have over-stimulated your imagination! lol L.O. orbiting Pluto? Ratliff a petrified tree?

But if Sasha's girlfriend plays naked tennis, I'M IN!!!!!


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Re: John Black's update, feel better after reading it. Normally teams do that to players that have off-season procedures done, but with Bynum the Lakers I'm sure are being exxxxxtra cautious.

Glad the sky isn't falling yet, a semi false-alarm.

Gotta watch out for those falling Odoms though, the ones circling around Pluto (63 Footer, gotta put down that medicine!!!!)


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On the one hand as some have pointed out, Bynum being out in the preseason will give some of the young guns more playing time and a chance to prove they belong on the team.
On the other hand, we know that basketball shape is acquired playing basketball. Also, the new additions need to play with "the starters" to develop a sense of chemistry and basketball rapport that only comes with playing with each other. Phil mentioned it, teamwork! You can not develop teamwork with the rest of your teammates if you are not on the court.
Phil looks for certain lineups that give him a particular advantage during a game. It will be hard to figure out how Drew will fit with Blake, Barnes, and even Caracter playing together unless.... yup, they play together. Let's also not forget that they will be learning the triangle offense in the process, and Bynum needs to be a part of that puzzle.
It will happen, but you want that to happen sooner rather than later.

Morning, Fam. I think the Lakers already announced that Bynum will not be ready at the start of training camp... ergo he's out of pre-season games. No big surprise there.

I'm more excited on seeing how our new players get integrated with the vets.

MM- Thank you for the prompt update!! So Bynum's recovery time would be about 3 months after surgery.

I guess those pushing for a Bynum trade will now realize we are stuck with his injury history! Like Walton. I like both of these players for different reasons, but seems like the money spent has been out of proportion to accomplishments. GM is not an exact science though, so hopefully MK has some PG tricks to fish out of the NBA wilderness. Wednesday morning quarterbacking is sooooo easy. lol

The lakers need to trade Bynum at the end of the season for Marc gasol and OJ Mayo.It is time to stop being in love with his potential and get a return or value.He is the 3rd highest paid laker at $15,157,667 this year and $16,473,002 next if they take his player option.This is all star money for someone who is yet to be one. Also he is not a 20-10 rebound guy either .The time is coming where the risk reward may be diminishing and I would rather have the cap flexibility at the end of the year to sign D williams or Chris Paul .Unless Bynum becomes a 20 point -10 rebound and 1.5 blocks per game guy then keeping him becomes imprudent and an abyss of a contract especially after 2012 when the lakers will need to reload as the team becomes older and less athletic to compete with upcomers like Portland and Oklahoma .

We have gone through 3 years of rehab and injury timetables with AB that have never been on schedule, so I ask this....

1. What workout, strength and cardio activities has he been doing?
2. Is he using the Alter G or running on his own?

Lakers are saying they are "hopeful" he will be ready at start of regular season. He's got a month to be "game" ready. So, by mid-October, if he's not cleared for "basketball activities or contact", IMO, he is recovering slowly again and can't possibly be ready for opening night.

I will be respectful as I don't want to start another blog rumble but that's a bummer. I will just hope for the best which is to be out there for the opening tip on 10/26.

Cheers - PLG

I have been saying this all off season long! The kid is a liability! Period!He is good for only about 2-3 months and that's it! We might as well save him for the playoffs, because were going to need him.

If I had been Mitch I would have traded bynum this summer to minnesota for their two #1 picks and got cap relief at the same time.Used the first one to get demarcus cousins and traded the other in package with farmar to get Devin harris instead getting a less athletic guard in Blake.

I think it is no big deal about AB missing court time during preseason and start of season. It is not due to injury but precaution of not being in shape after surgery.
I there are like only 3 games in October so no big deal. Like someone said will help the newcomers.
Championships are won in June not October.

I have a silly question and maybe there is a great explanation. Is there a reason Andrew waited so long to have his surgery. Maybe I'm mistaken, but it seemed like July before he went in. If that's the case, why did he take so long? Why not get in two weeks after the season and get it done so he could be ready?

I suspect that the team is being overly cautious with AB. All that counts is how he finishes the season...and everything is riding on that for AB's Laker future.

As I predicted at the end of the season last year. Bynum is not going to play at least until after the All-Star break. He is injury prone and should be traded as soon as he can play. Trade him for Melo. With 6 years of NBA under his belt he is a waste. One of the worst selections the Lakers have made.

Posted by: BEDO | September 22, 2010 at 08:39 AM

WELL HERE'S AN EXAMPLE OF OVER REACTING, All-Star Break? there talking about missing PRESEASON games, and BTW Melo would not give us the size that Bynum gives us, 7'1" 285 with good footwork and skills, THAT is HARD TO FIND, He is what makes the Lakers so big and long and hard to deal with inside. I seem to think it's working out pretty good, finals appearance in 08, Title won in 09, Title won in 2010, better than average chance of a three peat, I mean WHAT THE HECK DO YOU WANT ???

Steve-

The delay was the doctor's decision, not Bynum's. I believe the time was for the swelling to reduce. Not sure if that's it or not, but I do know that doctor's do not like to perform surgery on a swollen body part.

Every person that urges trading Bynum always wants to trade him for a small guard or forward, how come it's never for a comparable center?

answer: Because there are are NONE !!!

Tom Daniels,
Have you watched any laker games over the past 3 years? Farmar was a great boost off the bench, and Luke has been worthless, unless you're into missed shots and laker turnovers. you've got those 2 backwords

Tom K -check out my post it said Marc Gasol and OJ MayoGasols numbers are comparable to Bynum pre injury so is his shooting percentage plus we might extend him for less.I am not a bynum basher just a numbers guy.Plus every guy would admit they don't like a to be teased in a bad way which is pretty much what Bynum does with promising start then all Star break comes then he is injured .The 15 million million he earns this season will only look good if plays 70+ games and is injury free during the playoffs. Personally my bench mark would be 20 points -10 rebound and 1.5 blocks per otherwise he has not arrived yet to be a franchise center.

I've said it all along, Bynum could have had the surgery after the Finals, instead he choose to party at the World Cup thus delayed his surgery. Now this news broke, totally expected.

Same old Bynum: party first, work later - his lousy professional work ethics will come back to bite him continuously - he is the new Mel Turpin, few flashes of brilliance early in his career and eventually became a garbage time player.

Joseph - To clarify. Bynum had his surgery July 28 because that was the earliest possible date his doctor had open. You look at history and no player EVER has surgery right after a season ends. You need energy to go through a surgery and at that point players are drained. It wouldn't have been a good decision to get it right after the season. Bynum wanted it in mid July so he would have time but when there's no appointments available, there's not much you can do.

MM

I know Laker fans are frustrated with Bynum's health. However, in 2010 without Bynum's presence alone, Boston beats us and we are once again marshmellows. Recall I believe in game 5 when Bynum couldn't play after halftime Perkins manhandked Gasol. Perkins was so excited and he gestured he had Gasol on lockdown. Gasol is perhaps the top 3 most talented big men in the world but he is no match physically against Perkins. Bynum is just a beast and took all of Perkins attention to guard him. Persons look at stats but Bynum's presence was instrumental in the Lakers 16th championship.

I'm sold on Bynum. Once he cures his injury bug he will reign havoc on the NBA with his dominance. Bynum is almost like Shaq but he can hit his free throws. Once again I will proclaim that Bynum won the 2010 championship for LA. Lets imagine if Bynum was not there. Kobe the most talented player since Jordan couldn't beat Boston by himself. Ray Allen and Tony Allen made him work hard for his shots in a few games. Gasol talented but Perkins is too physical for him. LO inonsisent and no sense of urgency. Boston would have beaten us in 6 games. Lakers are blessed to have such a talented and awesome big man. People who are saying get rid of him do not know basketball and do not like LA winning rings. Boston might be old but they are scary good. Miami have the 2 of the top 3 players in the League. Wade has the heart of a champion and Lebron went to the last dance couple of years ago. The Lakers clear advantage against either team is Bynum. If Lakers is assured to face the Magic next season in the finals then go ahead and trade him then if thats what you want.

I guess he should have had that surgery earlier and not gone to the Olympics. Who the hell couldn't see that was a problem at the beginning of the summer?

I guess he should have had that surgery earlier and not gone to the Olympics. Who the hell couldn't see that was a problem at the beginning of the summer?

I am not sure where LO is with his recovery if he has any surgery done on his shoulder? Shouldn’t that be a big concern for the Lakers? He does a hell of a job covering our big guys and also one of key bench players. So to me L.O health plays a bigger role then Bynum recovery. We all know he will eventually get it together but if LO is not 100% healthy; Lakers might have issues down the road. I‘d really be interested to know if LO did some shoulder therapy in this off season. Anyone heard anything on him?

Great News! Better Safe Than Sorry. Ask Oden.

Cali,

I'm with you. I do not like this at all. I don't mind the extra time it takes Bynum to heal, but I do REALLY mind the fact that Bynum did not consider his slow healing when he postponed his surgery after the season.

And if I'm not mistaken, Andrew Bynum put off surgery so he could go to Europe with his family on a nice relaxing vacation.

That is more of a Shaq move than a Kobe move, and this scares me.

I'm not going to look for excuses right now. I'm disappointed in Bynum's "big picture" vision and drive. He should know better and do better.

Not kosher.

Wes


well for your info kobe was there and had postpone his surgery too so dont get crazy. this surgery was to have him up in a couple of weeks i do question the doctor

MM, then what do you make of Bill Plaschke's article today, he agreed 100% of what I said?

MM, also Yahoo! Sports' Trey Kerby also trashed Bynum for intentionally delaying the surgery by going partying at the World Cup. I'm not the minority opinion on this issue.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Andrew-Bynum-had-a-relaxing-offseason?urn=nba-271833


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