They may be Kobe’s team, but anyone who watched the NBA Finals a couple months ago knows the truth: In many ways, the fortunes of the Los Angeles Lakers rest on the surgically repaired knee of one Andrew Bynum.
His health is the elephant in the room; should his knee hold up, the sky is the limit for this squad.
GM Mitch Kupchak went to see his prized center workout in Atlanta, and he came away impressed. From the Orange County Register:
“Andrew has dedicated another summer to getting into the best possible shape,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “A month ago he was cleared from the knee surgery he had and at that point he began working on conditioning and getting into shape and I thought he looked like he has made progress.”
“I could see improvement in his body, his conditioning and mobility,” Kupchak said. “I didn’t see any signs of effects from the surgery.”
Hmm, so does this mean that someone is about ready to whip out the ol’ checkbook?
I’ll temper my excitement until I see the big fella go full-speed against real competition. Here’s to hoping all goes well for young Andrew.