Friday, June 11th, 2010 at 10:45 am  |  15 responses

Andrew Bynum’s Uncertain Status for Game 5

Bynum said his knee had swelled to the size of a basketball last night, but he (and his teammates) insist that he’ll be ready to go on Sunday: “It’s a little bit frustrating, but I’m going to play on Sunday, play hard on Sunday,’ Bynum said after he played just 1:50 of the second half in the Lakers’ Game 4 loss to Boston. Bynum compared the swollen knee to ‘a basketball’ and is looking forward to two days of treatment. He also said his personal doctor, David Altchek, is expected to come to Boston from his New York office to examine the knee, although Bynum doesn’t expect tests to show anything further than additional fluid in it. Bynum said the pain isn’t the problem, but the swelling was so great after Game 3 and early in Game 4 that his muscles couldn’t fire properly to move and jump.”

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  • The Champ

    U better play, cause Big Baby was eating Gasol and L.O. alive!

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Bynum is a bust. His career has been marred with injury. He has had glimpses of production (game 2) but nothing is consistant. Lakers need to start thinking about their future at center.

  • jumpman3224

    I think Bynum being out really hurt LA in the early 4th quarter when the Celtics bench was building a lead. They got hot by attacking the basket and coverting, occasionally getting And-1s. The Lakers needed shotblocking during that stretch. Hopefully he can go for Game 5.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    If Bynum can’t play then.. Lakers are in trouble..

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    They are in BIG trouble indeed…

  • kriz

    bynum isnt a bust yet. he is the difference maker in this series. boston is the inferior team when la has 2 seven footers on the floor. now in 08 with kgs lift still there, i think boston still would have won if bynum was on the floor. bynum is fighting really hard to play when he shouldnt so focus on that and not his injury plagued career. getting surgery before the playoffs would have been best but give him props for his desire to play

  • JoeMaMa

    There’s no way his knee was the size of a basketball. I’m calling shenanigans on him.

  • T-Money

    that changes everything.

  • Kap

    He was quoted as saying he is gonna play Sunday no matter what. Will he be effective is the real question.

  • Kap

    They can definitely win without him but its gonna take a team effort and a conscious effort to not give up any offensive boards or easy buckets.

  • Hussman25

    He’s done as a Laker after this series… They cant depend on him @ all!

  • Ianny B

    If he doesn’t play we’re in BIG(baby) trouble for real. Where is Ronny Turiaf when you need him.How about recalling Menga from the Congo football team??????

  • The Philosopher

    One can never again rationally question this man’s desire, heart, and fortitude. This is a career defining moment for Andrew Bynum. One can see him struggling every time out. No quit in this kid. None.

  • JD

    Is it me or is this guy injured like all the time?

  • All Day

    Andrew Bynum and Greg Oden are injury prone players. Is it because of weak tendons and bone structure? Or is it because those guys came into the L too soon and didn’t allow their bodies to get strong enough to endure the rigors of playing so many games? I think it’s a combination of both.