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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  10 responses

Andrew Bynum, Lakers Play the Waiting Game

The team is struggling without his services, but the Lakers refuse to rush Bynum back into action prior to the Playoffs. Probably a wise move. The Press-Enterprise reports: “Hopes seem to be fading that the Lakers will have Andrew Bynum back before the end of the regular season. ‘I’m just not holding my breath as to a timetable,’ Coach Phil Jackson said Tuesday, a day after Bynum had an MRI on his strained left Achilles’ tendon that Jackson described as ‘inconclusive as far as any major injury or anything going on.’ Bynum’s return, Jackson said, ‘is going to take some time and we don’t know when. Obviously, we’d like to have him play a couple of games at the end of the season, but (Tuesday) morning I told him, if that’s not possible, we’ll take whatever we get in the playoffs.’ The center’s recovery is a matter of rehabilitation and regaining fitness, but ‘there’s discomfort after a certain amount of exercise. He can start getting off his toes and it will start (to hurt).’ Lamar Odom, for one, doesn’t want to see Bynum rush back. ‘We want him to be healthy,’ Odom said. ‘Hopefully that’s when he’ll come back, when he’s 100 percent. We don’t want him to get out there and go down again.”‘

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Obviously the Lakers don’t need him. They’ve been beasting without him and Kobe will probably average 55 a game in the playoffs. Playing a 6 man roster is a sure way to get a title defense done. No worries.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com TADOne

    Overrated and injury-prone.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I’m so sick of this sh*t.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    In all seriousness, where do they really need Quizno anyway? They should handle the Suns/Thunder/Blazers/Jazz without him. They probably just need him for a Nuggets/Spurs/Mavs series. As long as he’s back for the second round, they should be fine. It’s going to be his timing that is more important and his penchant for picking up fouls (which before he got hurt again, he still can’t figure out)that will either hold him back to the bench and make minutes for Mbenga and Powell a premium in the frontcourt. That’s their major problem, frontcourt depth for the playoffs, and inconsistency at the point. We all know this, but Quizno will be critical if they make it to the Finals and play let’s say….the Cavs and a rested Shaq.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    beasting without him? in the past week and a half, they’ve been blown out by the thunder, the hawks, and the spurs. not sure that’s a result of bynum not playing, though.

  • http://aol.com RUN’N'GUN219

    PEOPLE TALK ABOUT GREG ODEN, BUT BYNUM IS JUST AS INJURY PRONE AND IT STARTING TO PISS ME OFF. TRADE HIM FOR A POINT GARD NEXT SEASON. I LIKE THE GASOL AND ODOM LINE UP BETTER ANYWAY

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    he IS overrated and injury prone. but this injury still screws up the lakers especially because now that odom has to start, they have one of the worst benches in the league.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    that’s true, they don’t have much of a bench. they definitely have 4 or 5 guys getting 1 or 2 points a game. i’m still not sure if what they really need is a point guard, though. kobe’s always going to do most of the ball handling anyway.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Good, let Odom keep beasting on the boards.

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    PEOPLE TALK ABOUT BYNUM BEING INJURY PRONE AND IT STARTING TO PISS ME OFF. He’s had two injuries that he could have done absolutely nothing to avoid, and two other minor injuries to other parts of his body. Throwing out the injury proneness is such a trendy cop-out and a true troll maneuver. BTW its spelled point GUARD. I guess you missed that because it didnt come up on your spell check.

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