Saturday, January 31, 2009
Andrew Bynum Injury Update: Hyper Extended Right Knee
This season has been pretty promising thus far for the Los Angeles Lakers, everyone on the Lakers roster came into this year with chip on their shoulder after the Boston Celtics handled them with relative ease in the NBA Finals. This season they are on a mission!
In the beginning, the Lakers were smoking hot and early front runners to go back to the finals in the West. Their defense was much improved and finally we all got to see Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum on the floor at the same time.
Coming back from his knee injury wasn't as easy as most anticipated for the young Andrew Bynum. Since he showed so much promise before he went down last January Lakers fans were anxious to see what he could do. It took awhile to get back to his old ways, but after a career high 42 points against the Los Angeles Clippers the big kid seemed to have gotten his game back on the offensive end by scoring at around 26 points per game. Not only was he becoming a dominant force in the paint with new found confidence scoring the basketball, but he also began to improve in the rebound category by ripping down 14 boards a night.
Needless to say the Lakers were becoming a dominant force in the NBA with Kobe, Pau and especially Bynum coming into their own at just the right time. The West have been competitive, but with the Lakers big three playing the way they have no team in the West looks like they can touch them.
It was January 13, 2008 against the Memphis Grizzles when Bynum went down with what turned out to be a season ending injury by dislocating his left knee cap. Ironically enough just a little more than a year later Bynum hyper extended his right knee after colliding with Kobe Bryant under the basket against the exact same team in Memphis.
I thought this was kind of strange, when Bynum was injured last season, it was on January 13th to his left knee. This season he injures his opposite knee on the date reversed January 31st. Probably just a coincidence, but for some reason that was the first thing to come to mind.
The Lakers did go on to come from behind and beat the Grizzles convincingly 115-98, but they definitely have lost a key player on a team that seemed destine to become NBA champions. Not saying all hope is lost, but without Bynum patrolling the paint the Lakers might become vulnerable once again.
The x-rays did come back negative on Bynum's right knee, so there are no bone breaks, but he will undergo an MRI tomorrow in New York to see the extent of the damage and how long he may be out. When you see a clip of the injury, it looks pretty serious and I wouldn't be surprised if he will be out for the season for the second year in a row. The way he was screaming in agony is painful to watch.
In an interview just after the game Bynum said it didn't feel as bad as the injury from last season and that he was able to put weight on his injured knee which he couldn't last year. He feels he won't miss much time and seemed to be in good spirits, so that is a good sign, but he may be in for a surprise when the doc says he should pack it in for the rest of the season.
ANDREW BYNUM INJURY