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More good news: No tear for Bynum's Achilles

Mar 20, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

Andrew Bynum hasn’t made it through a season the past two years without a major injury. It looks like he may have dodged a bullet and be on his way to a (mostly) full season.

We told you last night Bynum suffered what was diagnosed as a strained Achilles tendon. The sound you hear whooshing last night was the collective breath of the Laker nation. That breath can now exhale as Brad Turner of the LA Times is reporting that Bynum’s MRI results were negative for a tear, and confirmed the strain.

Bynum’s expected to miss two weeks according to Turner.

It’s good news for Bynum and good news for Lakers fans who depend on Bynum’s size as a deterrent inside where they’re not exactly tough as nails. He’s part of the formula along with a suddenly restrained Ron Artest and a smarter Lamar Odom that puts the Lakers into a league of their own.

The only concern is Bynum’s recovery time. He’s notorious for taking far longer than originally diagnosed to come back from injury. His work ethic has been questioned by both his head coach Phil Jackson and legend Tex Winters, so we’ll have to see if Bynum makes it back within the time frame projected or if it lingers. Then again, with the number one seed in the West all but locked up, what’s the rush?

  1. Denny - Mar 20, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Bynum is injured more than he’s healthy. Who’s idea was it to give this guy a big fat contract?

  2. Den - Mar 20, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Bynum is injured more than he’s healthy. Who’s idea was it to give this guy a big fat contract?

  3. commentbug - Mar 20, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    There still champion bound.
    http://www.commentbug.com

  4. john - Mar 21, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    After the season whether Lakers make it to the championship or not, they should trade Bynum. He is becoming to be a distraction and destruction to the team. They made it last year without him, why not this year with Artest around.

  5. Alan/Portsmouth RI - Mar 21, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    How many times have I said “Bynum is damaged goods”????? I got jumped on for it. He is both mentally and physically challenged for $34,000,000 in future contract payments.
    Continue to start Odom even after/when Bynum returns.
    He still will have “potential” star trade value to another team. Get something in return. But TRADE HIM this off season.

  6. ocgunslinger - Mar 21, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Don’t give up on this guy as he is still one of the youngest on the team. Injuries are a part of the game guys. I clearly remember people wanting to give up on Kobe because he wasn’t a team player, took to many shots etc. Young guys need time to develop and Bynum is going to be a force and factor for many years to come as a Laker.

  7. Anonymous - Mar 21, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    What do you all think of the guy in Portland? He has been injured almost all the time. Want to throw Oden to the trash heap already? That would be premature and foolish.

  8. ocgunslinger - Mar 21, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    What do you all think of the guy in Portland? He has been injured almost all the time since he came into the league. Want to throw Oden to the trash heap already? That would be premature and foolish.

  9. Nizam - Mar 22, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Bynum is the most unmotivated person on the Lakers. Whenever he picks up fouls he just goes to the bench and smirks. He doesnt give 100%. He has the ability to score big and play better defense but he doesnt because he is LAZY. Check out Chris Bosh. That guy runs circles around Bynum. And he is much more capable of scoring from many places on the court.

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