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Bynum to Miss Start of Season

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5614593

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Andrew Bynum made his way through the Lakers' annual media day wearing the team's new lightweight jersey design that every team in the NBA will wear for games this season.

It could be two months before he puts it on again.

A day after Lakers coach Phil Jackson speculated that Bynum could miss the first "three or four" games of the regular season while rehabbing his right knee after undergoing surgery on a meniscus tear July 28, the 23-year-old center revealed fans would have to wait even longer for his return.

"I don't really see [being ready]," Bynum said about the team's season opener on Oct. 26 against Houston. "I see more towards the end of November."

Bynum said he met with doctors several days ago, who set the timetable at four weeks before he is able to return to the court for full-impact workouts.

"Now, that's an unfortunate thing, but the type of surgery that the doctor did on his knee takes a little extra time," Jackson said. "Obviously we hadn't prepared and Andrew certainly hadn't prepared for the fact that it could take an extra month and a half or so to rehab this type of surgery."

Bynum's injury history is piling up. He partially dislocated his kneecap during the 2007-08 season and was limited to 35 games. He played in only 50 games in 2008-09 because of a torn medial collateral ligament in the right knee.

He played in 65 regular-season games last season and averaged 15.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in 30.4 minutes per contest. But he was on the floor for only 24.3 minutes per game in the playoffs and his averages dropped to 8.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

As training camp begins, Bynum has been told to not put any pressure on the knee whatsoever. His workouts are relegated to riding the exercise bicycle, walking and working out his upper body by lifting weights.

Bynum earned unanimous respect from his teammates last spring after playing in each and every one of the Lakers' 23 playoff games, despite his injury.

"Even though he was, I'd say, 70 percent of what he could possibly do, it helped us out," Jackson said. "It gave us a lot of support and we were really happy that he was able to do that ... the force, the body being there, the size, those things all helped us."

When asked if Bynum would lose any of that admiration from his teammates now that he will spend the bulk of training camp doing rehabilitation, Jackson said: "I don't think so."


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Great News for my Rockets to

Great News for my Rockets to open up the season.

Yao Ming won't have to face Bynum right away in his first game back, I'm sure Gasol will get matched up with him though, but still good news. Lamar slides to PF? & Gasol at C?

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Just Another reason why Odom

Just Another reason why Odom and Artests are more important to that team, this news doesn't surprise the Lakers one bit. Bynum's bones are made of peanut brittle and it's a shame too because I really believe he was going to turn out to be the closest thing to Shaq this league would have saw in a long time. Shaq on the Heat by the way. This league will never see anything close to resembling Shaq on that Lakers team at the turn of the century.

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im not too worried. Bynum

im not too worried. Bynum missing some games is standard routine at this point. At least this time its at the begining of the season and not the end, at least not yet anyways.

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also not worried. and bynums

also not worried. and bynums bones are like peaut brittle???..i wonder what camby,odens and the other guys who have missed more games bones are made out of.

Anyway we dont need him at the start of a season either. just let him chill and get healthy while we whip up on teams untill he gets back. it will only make us deeper when he comes back since caracter will get more time now

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This doesn't hurt the Lakers.

This doesn't hurt the Lakers. There are not many teams in the West that can beat them even with Bynum out. As long as Bynum is healthy to play the Celtics and Heat.

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@stanford hoops How come you

@stanford hoops

How come you always bring Oden up when somebody talks about Bynum's injuries lol? Does saying, "Oden has missed more games" make you feel better about Bynum being injured 2-3 times per season?

In my opinion, what's happening to other players is irrellivant and doesn't hide the fact that Bynum is injured every single season. That's a problem any way you look at it because I don't know how reliable he is for the Lakers heading forward.

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In fairness

This injury did not come from this season, it is from last season, and had he not waited an entire month like a fool to get the surgery, he would have been ready for training camp. He really does need to show he can stay healthy but he is only 22, time is on his side. Big Z miss two full season with foot problems and people thought he was finished, but he was young also at time and bounced back.

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true, he actually hasnt been

true, he actually hasnt been "injured" again. This is just from surgery that he had previously put off so he could play in the playoffs.

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Why do you care that I bring

Why do you care that I bring up oden??? Is he you're son?  I'm gonna continue bringing him up when talking about injured big men. You don't have to like it. Just ignore it

As long as bynum is healthy for the playoffs it's all good

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Why do you care when you

Why do you care when you comment about the Knicks, Clippers, Rose, Westbrook, etc? Why do you care when you reply to other users' comments in threads? Are you Westbrook's father? Are you Bynum's great uncle? Are you Kobe Bryant's grandfather? Are you Carmelo Anthony's great grandfather?

This conversation wasn't about injured big men. It was about ANDREW BYNUM. Bringing up another big man's injuries doesn't make Bynum's injuries less worse. You do that all the time like another big man's injuries makes you feel better about Bynum's lol.

That's like a coach criticizing a certain part of your game and telling YOU that you need to improve. However, instead of listening, you're worried about the next player and telling the coach, "Well such and such can't dribble either" or "Such and such turned the ball over too... How come you're not getting on him?"

The point is, it isn't about anybody else... And bringing up another player has nothing to do with you or your game.

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