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Lakers C Andrew Bynum out with bruised left knee

Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 3:44 pm
Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum is out with knee soreness on Tuesday night. Posted by Ben Golliver. andrew-bynum

I've been consistent in advocating patience and calm in assessing the Los Angeles Lakers this season, as the mid-season ups and downs are inevitable and the Lakers remain the most talented and tested team in the Western Conference. But if you're in the market for a good reason to freak out about L.A.'s title hopes, Andrew Bynum's health is as good as it gets.

Bynum, who didn't return from offseason surgery on his right knee until Dec. 14, is out for Tuesday night's game against the Houston Rockets after an MRI revealed "a bone bruise on his left knee," according to This after Bynum missed practice due to knee soreness on Monday. Going forward, Bynum is officially listed as day-to-day.

Bynum is averaging 11.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 24.6 minutes per game so far this season, and he managed 11 points, six rebounds and a block in 28 minutes against the Boston Celtics on Sunday. He is a talented, big body that causes problems for the other Western Conference contenders and he would be a critical piece in a potential Finals match-up with either the Celtics, Orlando Magic or Miami Heat.  

While it's not clear whether Bynum's left knee soreness is a compensation injury stemming from his surgery and rehab on his right knee, or if it's entirely unrelated, I'm sanctioning a raise of the Lakers panic level from 0 to 1 based on this news. The Lakers are talented enough to beat Boston with Bynum, but not without him. As championship-or-bust is the ridiculously high standard that the Lakers operate under as back-to-back champions, any knee issue related to Bynum, who has dealt with them in the past, is enough cause for Lakers fans to get a little nervous. That the MRI came back clean otherwise, however, prevents this from being anything except an issue worth monitoring closely in the short-term.

Following Tuesday's game against the Rockets, the Lakers next play the Spurs in a nationally-televised game at Staples Center on Thursday night.
Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:15 pm
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Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 8:31 am

Lakers C Andrew Bynum out with bruised left knee

The Lakers spent most of last season explaining why it was so important to have home court advantage. Now that they don't have it, they play down the importance. Well Pop can tell you from experience, the home court is important. When you travel less and sleep in your on bed during the playoffs, it makes everything easier. But Pop and the Spurs do not and have not builted there programs around excuses. The Lakers have excuses for winning and losing. Nothing can change the truth spoken by Magic and Jerry West, when you have 10 out of 13 players on your team over 30 yrs old, you have an old team. And when you don't come to play night in and night out, the play offs don't get any easier. Teams are no longer worried about the Lakers' size. They know if you run them you can beat them. Go SPURS.  SPURFANINLA.

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 2:05 am


"The Lakers are talented enough to beat Boston with Bynum" ... Umm .. not if Perkins is in the lineup.  Newsflash .. a HEALTHY Laker/Celtic team just played on Sunday in LA"  ..... Hey soxcelts the Lakers weren't completely healthy Sunday they are still without Matt Barnes who's a key player for them off the bench and whos replacement is a terrible excuse for a basketball player with the name Luke Walton.  Barnes is a solid 3 point shooter and defender who also brings energy off the bench.  His absence is having a much larger impact then most thought it would and we're seeing it now with the awful basketball Walton is playing.  Barnes is better in every aspect of the game and it will be more obvious then ever when he returns and sends Walton back to the end of the bench where he belongs. 

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:03 am

Lakers C Andrew Bynum out with bruised left knee

Who is the champion???????? The Lakers!!!!!!!! Who did they beat when it mattered the most??? June 2010::: The Boston Celtics!!!!!!   Scoreboard!!!!!!!!

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 11:41 pm

Lakers C Andrew Bynum out with bruised left knee

Your an IDIOT!!!!

From the real people of Los Angeles

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 11:09 pm

Lakers C Andrew Bynum out with bruised left knee

seems like the fake people from l.a. always have an excuse in their back pocket for when that  "zen" crap isnt working. Go Spurs!!

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 9:10 pm

Lakers C Andrew Bynum out with bruised left knee

I hope the Rockets win.  If the NBA regular season is just an exhibition for the mighty Lakers, why are the tickets so friggin' expensive? While the Yankee fans are an arrogant group, the Yankees do try to win in the regular season and don't downplay its importance.  It is difficult to like the Lakers.  When the Chicago Bulls were winning, they didn't waste regular season games like this franchise does.  MJ stated a number of times that  if he was watching a game, he would want to be sure the players were giving their best at all times.

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2011 7:24 pm

Lakers C Andrew Bynum out with bruised left knee

Top 10 Laker Faker excuses:
10. Its Feb not June9. They are saving themselves for the playoffs8. No motivation when playing the "lousy" teams.7. Gasol is playing Euro ball right now.6. Artest's leg is hurting him5. Kobe can't practice cause of his bone-on-bone4. Let the Spurs dominate the reg season, we will dominate the playoffs.3. Celtics are old and get all the calls cause of David Stern2. So what if the Kings and Clippers beat us we beat Dallas.1. The weather was so nice in L.A. today I didn't watch the game. (Talk about "fair-weather" fans)

Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:52 pm

Lakers C Andrew Bynum out with bruised left knee

LOL.  Well said Duke.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:39 pm

Lakers C Andrew Bynum out with bruised left knee

Championships are won in June....not in January.  Relax Boston and work on your execuses for June.

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