Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register Blog wrote:Q: What are the chances Andrew Bynum suffers a third significant knee injury in three seasons?
A: 15 percent.
Just in case I wasn’t prolific enough in columnizing on this topic earlier this month, let’s reiterate that one of the keys to the Lakers being just winners this season or off-the-charts great is Bynum’s level of paint domination. And the greatest obstacle to that domination remains his injury threat.
It’s difficult to project an “accident” occurring, but let’s reiterate also that they aren’t truly mere accidents with Bynum. I seem to be the only reporter who ever cites Lakers trainer Gary Vitti’s revealing 2008 quote about Bynum’s predisposition to knee injuries (and you regular readers know how often I have brought it up), and you can’t ignore medical research that supports the Lakers’ concerns that Bynum’s body is prone to knee injuries.
Bynum is being wise to wear the streamlined brace over the right knee in which he tore his MCL last season. That will help.
But you’ve still got to wonder about that left knee that he has decided not to protect. As I mentioned in my recent column, Bynum’s left-knee injury two seasons ago was also very much the sort that more often happens to someone with his knock-kneed frame.
A February 1996 essay in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy actually addresses this specific issue: “Quadriceps muscle group activation with this altered pull would tend to laterally displace the patella more than normal and less muscle force would be available for knee extension.”