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Andrew Bynum = slow healer

Apr 6, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for bynum.jpgAndrew Bynum has never met a healing timetable he liked.

Last season the Lakers waited and waited and waited on their big man to return from a serious knee injury and got about 50 percent of his game back for the playoffs. That turned out to be enough.

Not going to be enough this time around. Not in getting past Dallas and Denver (if they get back Kevin Martin) in the West, certainly not in getting past Shaquille O’Neal in Cleveland or Dwight Howard in Orlando for the Finals. The Lakers need stud Bynum back.

And his little Achilles tendon injury — the one thought to be minor, the one that two MRIs have showed no tear with — continues to heal on its own schedule. A slow schedule. Phil Jackson after practice he’s not playing the timetable game (via the omnipresent Brian Kamenetzky at Land O’ Lakers):

“I’m just not holding my breath on a timetable,” he said. “We just haven’t been able to put a timetable on it. It’s going to take some time, and we just don’t know when (he’ll be back). Obviously we’d like him to play a couple of games at the end of the regular season, but this morning I told him if that’s not possible we’ll take whatever we can get in the playoffs at that time.”

Not nearly the same serious injury as last year, but for Lakers fans the feeling must be eerily familiar. And this time around, half a Bynum will not get it done.

  1. Wade - Apr 6, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    Hey Kurt, you are making yourself look dumb again. The Lakers won last year with Gasol and he’s playing the best basketball of the season. You prove time and again that you know little about West Coast basketball.

  2. Matt - Apr 7, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    The Lakers won with Gasol as the main guy, but Bynum put in important minutes defending Dwight Howard.
    And this season the Lakers don’t look like they’re going to get a lucky improvement in 3-point shooting out of nowhere in which 3 players shoot at career high levels for the playoffs.
    This year they’re going to need Bynum. They might make it out of the West without him, but I have to agree with Kurt that they can’t get past Shaq or Howard without Bynum in the middle giving them some major minutes.

  3. MS - Apr 7, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Kurt, with guys like “Wade” throwing hate your way, I bet you miss us at FB&G. We miss you too, buddy, keep up the good work no matter what these guys say. YOU DA MAN!

  4. Czheck - Apr 8, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Its Kenyon Martin not Kevin Martin who plays for the Rockets,you would know that if you knew anything about basketball. Andrew Bynum a slow healer? wow they dont pay you enough homie! You would also know that it does not matter lakers taking it all. even bynum at 30 percent will be enough to win it all. im sorry my friend but you need to Czheck yo facts

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