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Andrew Bynum has 'small' cartilage tear

May 1, 2010, 7:46 PM EDT

Kid cannot get healthy. Just can’t do it.

Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times is reporting that Andrew Bynum has a “small tear” in the front cartilage of his right knee.

According to the Lakers’ medical staff, the tear is asymptomatic, with Bynum being completely unaware of the tear. Unfortunately, the tear started as what was described as a “very small tear” which then turned into a “small tear.” As in, getting bigger.

That has to scare the daylights out of every Laker player, coach, and fan. Bynum has suffered multiple knee injuries over the past three years. And each time, his recovery has been slow, often slower than what is predicted every time. Bynum was a huge part of both the Lakers’ success in the regular season and their win over the Thunder.

Bynum is listed as questionable for Sunday’s Game 1 versus the Jazz, but says he will most likely try to play. For the Lakers, they’re facing a difficult situation. It’s clear the tear is increasing with the wear and tear he’s incurring, but they’ve honestly shut him down several times already, and they need him too badly in what is their best chance for a championship for the next few years, though they will remain contenders.

Phil Jackson will have to manage not only if to play Bynum, but how many minutes. Such a tricky situation for such a young guy.

  1. Alan/Portsmouth RI - May 2, 2010 at 7:44 AM

    Here we go again. Talk about distractions. Bynum and his injuries, both mental and physical, are equal to having Dennis Rodman a teammate.
    Sports writers talk about Bynum ending his career with five All Star appearances. The only way Bynum gets to an All Star game is if he purchases a ticket.
    Heal him….Fix him….Showcase him…..and then TRADE HIM. $34 million for a clunker is ridiculous.
    Here is a chance for ODOM to grab his spot on the first team for keeps. Another $35 million no-show.
    I read that Baby Boy Wonder J. Buss wanted Bynum and was instrumental in his contact negotiations. Another reason for Jeannie to take over the team when her father retires.

  2. Omnius - May 2, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Sad to see Bynum injured yet again. Poor Bynum is just too injury prone and now his injury at the worst time of the season is going to make repeating more difficult. Let’s hope the Lakers whip the Jazz in 4 and give Bynum time to rest.

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