Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  19 responses

Was Andrew Bynum Wrong to Delay Knee Surgery?

The OC Register takes the Laker big to task for putting off surgery so he could enjoy his summer (sound familiar?): “Bynum put off having offseason surgery on his right knee so he could play – and we’re not talking about playing basketball. He could’ve repaired the knee immediately after last season, but he postponed it to travel – to see the soccer World Cup in South Africa and then vacation in Europe, as he had the previous summer. Bynum didn’t want to be on crutches, which would’ve diminished all that fun stuff or required rescheduling. He even had the knee drained, just as he did repeatedly with much ado in the playoffs to keep playing, so he could keep pivoting around reasonably well as a sightseer. Yes, Bynum’s doctor did push back the surgery date also – from July 18 to July 28 – because of scheduling issues, but Bynum’s doctor was indeed available to perform the procedure before Bynum went globetrotting. It was Bynum’s choice to enjoy himself, assuming he’d be fine by the time the 2010-11 season came – even though his complications with knees are well known and his past healings have been measured by sundial. Lakers spokesman John Black said Wednesday there is an ‘outside chance’ Bynum will play in the final exhibition games and the club is ‘hopeful’ Bynum can play in the Oct. 26 regular-season opener.”

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  • JoeMaMa

    Probably for the best. Bynum’s not built for 82 games. He should take a couple months to get healthy, have Phil ease him in, so that when the playoffs come he’ll finally be healthy at the right time. Besides, Pau said he’s rested and ready to go, so he can play bigger minutes, along with Lamar, who’s no doubt riding high of his gold medal and the props that came with. The Lakers don’t lose big here. Could be a blessing in disguise.


    Ship his arse out! Strength and Honor, Kobe Bryant

  • http://www.twitter.com/kevinchung Kevin

    not a big deal, he can miss the first 30 games of the season for all i care to be honest..

  • http://www.acb.com Alan

    I’m not sure he will be playing in the NBA when he’s 30 yo… He’s not taking care of himself, and while he’s still young it’s OK, but not past 26 or 27 yo…

  • abaci

    Wow some guys just dont have that fire in them to give everything to their sport

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    What??? That’s f*cked up, andrew. You could do all your sightseeing once you inevitably go down in a heap of broken knees come march. As planned.


    Don’t be so hard on Andrew Bynum. At least he’s better than Greg Oden.

  • dsleepy

    well according to chris broussard, he’s gonna be traded for melo anyway…

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    co-sign Kevin.
    Lakers have proved time and again that they only need him April thru June and maybe about 40 games during the regular season.


    Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers for Bynum? SMH…that kind of talent in La La Land will make Phil Jackson re-sign for a 6-Peat.

  • MikeC.

    What a goof. Stuff like this will seriously hinder his chances of getting a fat extension next time he’s due.

  • unrel

    wrong?.. no.. i think we took a young high school kid.. who’s 7+ feet.. with a body that’s still developing.. and threw him in an 82+ game season.. with practices.. and traveling.. etc etc.. it’s no wonder he’s always hurt.. same with greg oden.. but to stay on topic.. i’m sure he didn’t choose partying over health.. all athletes.. even stupid ones.. will ask the team doctors or their own what the recovery time table would be.. i’m sure he was told he could be back in time.. this isn’t even news..

  • unrel

    melo to the lakers for drew?.. that ain’t happening.. nuggets would be crazy to trade their franchise player within the conference..

  • tomtom

    Off topic: i think the lakers trading socks for melo wouldnt work for LA, Denver dont really have a choice they’ve just gota get the max possible for melo if he demands a trade. But LA do have a choice and our biggest strength (after that guy wearing 24) is our length and size. We have Odom and artest and SF, thats enough for anybody. It may be 2010 and all that, but you still dont win championships without reasonably dominant bigs. Somebody should have told that to miami.

  • http://slamonline.com nikehead23

    nuggets are crazy if they dont hurry up and trade him …the more they wait the more teams start to sense their desperation, they should just trade him before they lose the leverage to land a decent package for melo , or end up with nothing for him

  • dee

    Andrew Bynum and the two 2nd round drafted players for Melo. That’ll give the Nuggets a starting centet, a small forward and a power forward. The Lakers will get another allstar and a chance to put up more banners.

  • dee

    Bynum earned the teams respect this year for playing in the playoffs in pain. Now he probably upset the team by waiting on surgery but at the end of the day if he’s healthy during the playoffs the Lakers will take that. His track record so far shows he’s not going to play the entire season. I’d rather have him toward the end of the season and then going into the playoffs healthy. Let Theo start at center. All he would have to do bang the boards, block shots and catch an occassional alley oop. This was all they were asking Bynum to do.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Wheres the outrage at kobe not getting surgery? His is minor compared to bynums. And you know if they lost game 7, bean would say it was the fingers fault. Thats two years now bean decided not to get it fixed. He likes his built in excuse

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