Lakers center Andrew Bynum is not interested in playing in the Olympics this summer, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Bynum, 24, wants to rest during the off-season and prevent further wear and tear on his knees, which have each undergone surgical procedures in recent years.
"It's definitely something that's a great honor to do and all that, but for me right now, the health of my knees and stuff like that -- I don't know if long summers are the best thing for me," he said in January.
It is disappointing, though, as it provides an opportunity for Bynum to show he has a dedication to something bigger than himself and he has a sense of priorities. But if he's injured, he's no help to his team, his family, or himself. It's understandable why he's giving the Olympics a pass.