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Andrew Bynum still not satisfied with health

Bynum_325 For all the progress Lakers center Andrew Bynum has made with his surgically repaired right knee, there remains one thing that's still bothering him.

That entails the timing of his jump, particularly when attempting put-backs. It's perhaps ironic that Bynum spent part of NBA All-Star weekend promoting a newly released DVD titled "Celebrity Sweat" that details his workout regime when it seems he can never get fully healthy. But a company spokesperson said Bynum's extended history made him a viable candidate because he could speak from experience on the rehab process. Still, in Bynum's case he's far from satisfied with recovery from his latest surgery.

“It’s getting better, but I don’t feel the same (as) before surgery,” said Bynum, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on July 28 and missed the first 24 games of the regular season.

Bynum's numbers from January to February have dipped in points per game (from 13.6 to 11.1) and field-goal percentage (58.1% to 51.4%), despite having on average a similar amount of field-goal attempts per game (9.06 to 9). But of this problem equally points to the team's inconsistency in getting the ball inside and Bynum's never-ending quest in proving his timing. Case in point, Bynum's six-of-10 mark in the Lakers' 92-86 win on Feb. 10 over Boston and eight-of-15 effort in the team's 89-75 loss on Feb. 13 to Orlando fully illustrated his value on defense and high-percentage shots. With exception to his two-of-12 clip in the Lakers' 104-99 loss on Feb. 16 to Cleveland, Bynum averaged a 61.7% rate in the seven other games in February, but he only had at least 10 field-goal attempts in three of the eight contests. Still, Bynum at least remains confident his timing will eventually help rectify the inconsistency.

“It will come back,” he said. “Just need work and time.”

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum battles Jazz forward C.J. Miles and two of his teammates for a rebound in a game last month at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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i honestly don't care about this guy anymore. the only news we hear about bynum is his ailing health....

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"Still, Bynum at least remains confident his timing will eventually help rectify the inconsistency. 'It will come back,' he said. 'Just need work and time.'”

How much time? And will it be in time?

I seriously don't understand the hate on Drew. Can't people think back and remember he was injured by both Kobe and Lamar his own teamates and worked his but off to get buff and getc back in shape? So his Dr changed his surgery date and he took some time off to have surgery done. So what, he is entitled. You work year round year after year putting stress on his body which is a lot for a big. Then people call him lazy and a stiff. I really don't get it. Remember he was abused and not used by PJ with his mixed messages.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za08zWrZ-QE
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2P14Vv3hW4
PJ your supposed to nurture your players not destroy them.

If Drew argues hard he would be scolded for being hothead and possibly get called for technical foul. If he reacted like he did then he is soft and weak like PJ mocked Drew

BLOG CRUE
Melo to NY. I prefer the Knicks over any team in the east such as Mia, Bos. Crunch time.

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

I hope Bynum is the force that propels us past the Celtics. lets put to rest the claim that the Celtics would have won if Hatchet face perkins would have played in the finals.

I just hope the Lakers feed Bynum when he is in the game. 17 +10 = Threepeat

It is now 6+ months since he had his surgery and his explosiveness and quickness are still at 80%-below his 100% past capability, IMO. I think he needs to either have better trainers or he is lagging for some other reason. The latter of which is the majority suspicion and why the Lakers will never get a true value trade for him, in addition to Jim Buss’ crush/wishin’-&-hopin’.

The fact that his injuries may have been a result of ‘wrong place – wrong time’ as many claim and/or bad construction issues as others claim, the too slow recoveries from such still remain a thorn in the side of the larger season plans where we expect to have a reliable and DOMINATING big to snatch rebounds, block shots, and generally alter shots and put drivers on their backside when they are strolling to the rim.

I am very concerned that the Bynum we have seen this past week is the one we will see into the future. 6+ months is way enough time for pro cartilage knee surgery recovery with the current rehab pros and training methods available – the similar situation I have had 6 times and know how it goes from my first in 1964 to the late ’80s, when I had to hang up the Chuck Taylors.

While my hope is that if we are keeping him, he gets back to that 42 points explosion we saw a couple of seasons ago, I have to be skeptical about his seeming lack of dedication to rehab or focus. But………. I have been spoiled by Kobe’s drive, which was similar to mine back in the day in other areas of my life. Bynum has less than 50% of Kobe determination and work ethic, in my guesstimation.

Somebody has some explaining to do! FO? Bynum? PJ? Doctors? Jim Buss? Bynum’s trainers?

Here’s the reporting we had all had based our expectations on:

“LA Times: July 28, 2010|By Broderick Turner

Lakers center Andrew Bynum had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday for torn cartilage in his right knee.

The Lakers announced that Bynum is expected to be available on a limited basis at the start of training camp and that he should make a full recovery by the start of the regular season.

Bynum’s brother, Corey Thomas, said Bynum will rehabilitate the knee for six to eight weeks.


Now, we just missed the trade with Denver! We're screwed with Bynum guy: health, health, health! That's all we've been hearing the past 6 years!

Andrew Bynum is working extremely hard, and now that Carmelo has fled to NY, I am glad that we kept him. I had called for his trade earlier, and I would like to say that I was wrong. This guy is gonna be the key moving forward, and he is too young to not heal quickly and rebound (no pun).

2nd season is upon us, and there was much rejoicing! Lakers are the center of the NBA Universe. Indeed....

honestly, no matter how amazing Bynum is or how great his potential, it all means nothing when you consider it against his weak constitution. Remember Greg Oden? Bynum is the Lakers' version....

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Lakers passed on Melo and now they are stuck with Bynum for a couple of years !! What you see in bynum's play rght now is what you get forever. He is a waste of talent if he ever had any. Well, laker's management you did not want to trade Bynum so now yu will have to bear it. It is going to be a long bumpy ride.

You so call Laker Fans are a joke when you say trade Andrew
Bynum. This kid can play and will be with the Lakers for a long time if Jim Buss has his way. What we should be worried about is our guards production.Chill out Lakers fans we will get it done again.

Its ok D-Howard will be in purple and gold before next year is over bynum c ya your time is coming.

I agree with everyone on Bynum. Bynum is never going to be the guy we need him to be. I wanted to trade him for Carmelo, but the more I think about it I think the Lakers should try to trade him for a PG.

Melo to NY...talk about no D in NY. They may be able to score but won't be able to stop anyone either. Another 7 seconds or less failure come playoff time. Sorry Spike, your guys will entertain but no Chips.

The fact that Drew is not an all star in a conference with no centers says a lot. If we could only install Kobe's DNA for desire, competitiveness & mental toughness then we would have a "Beast".

Trade this sorry ass fool!! Bring d-howard to laker land. This guy playes with heart and passion.

The Lakers would be foolish to relinquish the one asset we have- SIZE. Trading Bynum would bring them down to size with everybody else. Now, what needs to happen is to get younger at the 1. I love Fisher, but the quicker guards are killing us with penetration. Honestly, we cannot expect for Bynum to block every shot that comes into the paint. Some defense needs to be played at the 1. I say start developing Shannon Brown at the point. We need quickness. We are horrible in transition defense. It is not Bynum. Besides, Bynum first two injuries were caused by teammates anyway.

@Bummi
The Lakers would be foolish to relinquish the one asset we have- SIZE. Trading Bynum would bring them down to size with everybody else. Now, what needs to happen is to get younger at the 1. I love Fisher, but the quicker guards are killing us with penetration. Honestly, we cannot expect for Bynum to block every shot that comes into the paint. Some defense needs to be played at the 1. I say start developing Shannon Brown at the point. We need quickness. We are horrible in transition defense. It is not Bynum. Besides, Bynum first two injuries were caused by teammates anyway.

Posted by: Bummi | February 22, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Honestly, no matter how amazing Bynum is or how great his potential, it all means nothing when you consider it against his weak constitution. Remember Greg Oden?
Good one JKB24.

What's the point of having size, if what you lack is HEART!!!!



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