LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Here's the latest on Bynum:
He ran in a swimming pool earlier this week, which is encouraging.
But what is really important is how much that knee swells now. That could determine if and when he can come back.
By the way, I keep hearing and reading these reports that Bynum is "behind schedule" in his recovery and "could miss the rest of this year." Anybody saying that is just making it up.
The truth is that it's too early to tell what his timeline is.
I've talked to two different doctors about Bynum and they both agree about one thing: the original projection of "at least eight weeks" is still accurate.
They told me that with an injury like this, the most important thing to do is rest it for at least a month, which Bynum has done.
Now, over the next month, he'll test the knee to see how it holds up.
If it swells a lot, it's an indicator that he needs more time.
When I asked if it's unusual for a knee like that to swell after five weeks of rest, I was told, "no, it would be unusual if it didn't swell."
So for anybody to suggest that his recovery is behind schedule is just speculating.
Could he miss the season? Sure, but so could anybody else.
His original return time was projected as mid-March.
If he's not back by April, he's behind schedule...but not until then.
Plus, what's the hurry? The Lakers have won nine of their last ten games (eight of those wins coming on the road) and are in first place in their division. Gasol is playing center, and he's been fantastic.
The Lakers probably need Bynum to compete for a title this year, but not at the expense of hurting that knee long-term.
I say let him sit until he's totally ready, and until then, go to battle with the team that looked so good on Wednesday.
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There still is no timetable for Andrew Bynum's return, but he could return later in March.
"There's no pressure on me to come back," Bynum told the Press Enterprise. "I definitely want to get back 100 percent. That's what I plan to do, however long it takes. I still that I could make the eight-week deadline, but I'm not going to force it."
strikemode14 wrote:Pretty much not that surprised he isn't coming back to almost playoff time. Simply put 0 reason for him to rush. We are 1st seed in the West. The lakers are looking unstoppable. We just need him to come back maybe the last 2-3 games of the season to get back in shape.
GWHiZiTSPHiL wrote:if he were to return within the original 8 weeks, when would that be?
Kobe Bryant 8 wrote:GWHiZiTSPHiL wrote:if he were to return within the original 8 weeks, when would that be?
lilkhmerkid4u wrote:um yeah...its gonna take more than 2-3 games to get him in shape..
JSM wrote:lilkhmerkid4u wrote:um yeah...its gonna take more than 2-3 games to get him in shape..
I'm sure the second he's ready to come back Kobe will be more than happy to help get him back in shape.
Hell, let him play with the 2nd unit in practice a bit. Have Phil tell Farmar to push the ball, that'll help Drew along.
DNP wrote:for being young and all, he sure does takes a lot of time to recover from an injury! did he get a surgery or something? LOL
MadMax wrote:DNP wrote:for being young and all, he sure does takes a lot of time to recover from an injury! did he get a surgery or something? LOL
A) He plays a highly competitive sport for a highly competitive team that needs
him to be 100% if they want to win a title.
B) With the addition of Gasol, there is no need to inject Bynum back in the line-
up untill he is ready.
C) No surgery, but dislocating your knee hurts, and i'd rather him take all the
time he needs to strengthen his body up again.
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