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Andrew Bynum says he's "definitely back" Tuesday

Posted on: December 13, 2010 8:25 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Finally, it looks like Andrew Bynum is really coming back. The L.A. Times passes along that Bynum told reporters after practice Monday, "I'm definitely playing tomorrow."

Bynum has started practicing the past few weeks, finally moving ahead to five-on-five actual action recently. He had arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason and has been critcized over the way he's handled his rehab.

He scheduled the knee surgery later in the summer because he went to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and also some vacation time in Europe. So instead of rehabbing over the summer, his July 28 surgery putting him coming back right up against the beginning of training camp.

As things go with Bynum, his recovery wasn't swift, meaning he's missed the Lakers' first 24 games. Pau Gasol has picked up the slack moving to center, but he's also averaging a career-high 39.3 minutes per game.

Phil Jackson said Bynum won't be going all-out once he returns and that he might only play around 15 minutes. Jackson had been on record saying multiple times that Bynum would start in his first game, but changed his mind after talking things over with L.A.'s training staff. Bynum will determine whether he starts or comes off the bench, Jackson said.

Bynum averaged 15 points and 8.3 rebounds in 30.4 minutes a game last season. Not to say the Lakers have struggled without him, but obviously they aren't the same team with him sidelined. He's not going to be at full strength early on, but the Lakers are planning for him to get back into shape slowly. They're not concerned with December production from Bynum. More for what he brings in April and May.

Comments

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 7:56 pm
 

Andrew Bynum says he's 'definitely back' Tuesday

With our center back in the fold and ready to play again, the teams should be a little better. They first have to adjust to Bynum being in the middle once again as oppose to Pau. I am sure there are adjustments Pau will have to make, however, he is one of the smartest basketball minds currently playing the game today, therefore it will take little time for him to accustom to playing the power forward spot again.

That would place Lamar on the bench again, but he is adaptable and is able to come off the bench as well as start..

We have a point Blake that can take the minutes that D-Fish might have to give up so as to be fresh for the playoffs. I must finally admit I now trust Blake a lot more than when it was first announced he would become a Laker, because I was not in favor of this guy coming to the Lakers. He is a pretty smart basketball player who is adapting well to the triangle.

The team will be ok for the near future. We even have a couple of rookies on the team. When have this happened in Phils run as the coach of the Lakers, Very seldom if ever would Phil keep a rookie around for very long.


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Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 7:28 pm
 

Andrew Bynum says he's 'definitely back' Tuesday

With our center back in the fold and ready to play again, the teams should be a little better. They first have to adjust to Bynum being in the middle once again as oppose to Pau. I am sure there are adjustments Pau will have to make, however, he is one of the smartest basketball minds currently playing the game today, therefore it will take little time for him to accustom to playing the power forward spot again.

That would place Lamar on the bench again, but he is adaptable and is able to come off the bench as well as start..

We have a point Blake that can take the minutes that D-Fish might have to give up so as to be fresh for the playoffs. I must finally admit I now trust Blake a lot more than when it was first announced he would become a Laker, because I was not in favor of this guy coming to the Lakers. He is a pretty smart basketball player who is adapting well to the triangle.

The team will be ok for the near future. We even have a couple of rookies on the team. When have this happened in Phils run as the coach of the Lakers, Very seldom if ever would Phil keep a rookie around for very long.


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Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2010 3:36 pm
 

Andrew Bynum says he's 'definitely back' Tuesday

This guy is not cut out to play in the NBA.  Not bc he doesn't have skills, but bc he can't take the physicality of it.  His body just can't hold up.  He'll rarely contribute for an entire season (ie not miss more than 10 games).  He might be back in today's game but what are the chances he lasts a full 2 months without hurting himself again?  I'd say maybe 25%...



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2010 10:26 am
 

Andrew Bynum says he's 'definitely back' Tuesday

You know it is so silly that the media keeps mentioning this point about the World Cup.  It was actually only postponed a week.  Not like he wait til the beginning of training camp.  He actually got the ok from the Lakers to postpone the surgery.  Had he not waited he still would have missed the beginning of the season and as tender as he has shown to be over the years I prefer him not even play in January which always seems to be the month he gets injured in.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2010 10:13 am
 

Andrew Bynum says he's 'definitely back' Tuesday

This is huge. Pau has been logging very heavy minutes because of the lack of depth. Bynum back will put Odom to the bench and his role as the best sixth man in basketball. Odom can then come in to spell Gasol or Bynum and we can stay with more size instead of having to go small when reserves come in. Not to mention now Gasol can move back over to the PF position where he really excels. Having Bynum back at center to help control the rebounding and protect the paint will significantly help Gasol's game. He has been good at center, but he is so much better at the 4 spot!



Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 8:10 am
 

Andrew Bynum says he's 'definitely back' Tuesday

Did this guy REALLY postpone his surgery to attend the World Cup? That's irresponsible, you know, your job should kind of be important. You can watch the World Cup on TV.



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 11:57 pm
 

Andrew Bynum says he's 'definitely back' Tuesday

Well, it's about time. The Lakers really need to get Bynum back in action - Pau Gasol is a power forward playing out of position at center and without Ratliff, the Lakers are pretty thin up front right now. Not to mention that they are getting virtually nothing from Ron Artest at the small forward spot. Matt Barnes has played well so far and Lamar Odom has been mostly magnificent at the power forward spot, but LA really doesn't have anyone who can slide over to center and really match up with the bigger and more physical players at the five.

As for Bynum's well-documented issues with staying healthy, in his defense it must be said that he has had a couple of freak injuries the past couple of years. But the nay-sayers are right in that it is now incumbent on Bynum himself to prove that he can get out there and deliver. His rehabilitation methodology (or lack thereof) has been well-documented as well. Suffice to say that Bynum has not exactly shown the kind of work ethic that Kobe Bryant or Steve Blake are known for. In fact, Bynum has been called out for that lack on more than one occasion. But maybe we ought to give the young man he benefit of the doubt. After all, Shaquille O'Neal is (in)famous for his off-season 'work'. And there have been many others whose off-season was spent primarily enjoying themselves. But the lights are on now and the Lakers definitely need Bynum healthy - they have not been playing well and they could use a hot of fresh blood at this point. And Bynum himself could use the opportunity to prove that he is healthy - there have certainly been plenty of doubters.

When Bynum is healthy and playing his best, LA has a deadly front line - nobody in the league can really match up with them. Bynum and Odom are the X-factors. Everybody knows the Lakers will get great contributions from Gasol and Artest is a loose cannon- he could give LA 20 points or nothing. But it is the Odom/Bynum combo that really gives LA their advantage. When they have everyone, they present a massive problem fro everyone else in the league with three true seven-footers who can all move well and who are all threats to score. And Bynum gives them a force in the middle who can rebound and maybe block a shot here and there. Gasol has developed into a good shot-blocker and Odom can get one here and there too, but Bynum is the one who could be that defensive force IF he puts his mind to it. 

In the end, I hope that Bynum comes back successfully and proves that he is every bit the player that he has shown flashes of becoming over the past couple of seasons. If that occurs, the Lakers will be ever so much more dangerous and the rest o the league will be in trouble. And as  Lakers fan, I would like to see that occur. But all the speculation is over. Bynum says he's back, so it's time for him to step up and prove it. Over to you, big man!




Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:19 pm
 

Andrew Bynum says he's 'definitely back' Tuesday

4 months...come march or april humpty dumpty will be gettin put back together



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 9:41 pm
 

Andrew Bynum says he's 'definitely back' Tuesday

Any bets on how long Mr. Glass lasts this time?


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