Andrew Bynum reportedly will miss all preseason games
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."
-- Mark Medina
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