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Los Angeles Lakers "hopeful" Andrew Bynum plays in season opener

Sep 22, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for bynumblock.jpgAndrew Bynum is not expected to play a minute in the preseason for the Los Angeles Lakers — it’s Theo Ratliff time, baby!

What about when the Lakers open the season against the Houston Rockets Oct. 26? The Orange County Register’s Kevin Ding put that to the Lakers and…

“We’re hopeful that he’ll be ready for the start of the season,” Lakers spokesman John Black said Wednesday.

Hopeful.

That’s a really vague word. One that does not inspire a lot of confidence when we’re talking about a player with a history of injuries and slow recovery times.

But Lakers — and the notoriously impatient Lakers fans — need to relax and be patient here. Chill out. Take your “prescription” to that “pharmacy co-op” that just popped up down the street if need be.

If you take one thing from Boston’s run to the NBA finals last season, take this — being healthy matters more than a couple of regular season wins. The Lakers will need a healthy Bynum to three-pete. Not last finals, hobbling Bynum, but an active, healthy one.

Better to make sure he is right, miss some regular season games if need be. Rest him more late in the season. Keep focused on the real prize, which has nothing to do wins in October or February.

  1. eazye_76 - Sep 22, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    I hope he is healthy for the opener, but it doesn’t really matter if he plays or not. He HAS to be healthy for the playoffs/finals this year. I’m not saying to give him the Yao Ming treatment but don’t use him up by December either.

  2. ocgunslinger - Sep 22, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Bynum may well prove to be an absolute superstar. If he does make it through the next 10 years healthy then write the Lakers down for another 5 titles in the next 10 years.

  3. Josh - Sep 22, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Uhhh, is Kurt Helin a correspondent in Germany or Sweden or something? “Three-pete”? Really?
    “The Lakers will need a healthy Bynum to three-pete. Not last finals, hobbling Bynum, but an active, healthy one.”
    First off, it’s “three-peat” or “3peat” not, “three-pete.” Secondly, the sentence you were trying for was: “The Lakers will need a healthy Bynum the three-peat this year; not last Final’s hobbling, limited Bynum, but an active, healthy one.”
    You’re welcome. :) Ok go surf the net.

  4. josh - Sep 22, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    dang, I got a typo too. I guess this isn’t as easy as it looks. ok sorry.

  5. rondo - Sep 22, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Bynum will be the next Lakers Super Star.

  6. craig - Sep 23, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Being healthy is all that matter? I disagree. If the Lakers didn’t squeak by with home court in the Finals someone else would be getting rings in October. The Lakers need him healthy, now!

  7. Omnius - Sep 23, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    The author is correct that it’s more important that Andrew Bynum be healthy at the end of the season for the playoffs than a few early regular season games. If Bynum misses any early games it gives Theo Ratliff more time on the court to learn the triangle offense and the Laker’s awesome defense. Hopefully Bynum is recovering well and his knee will be good to go soon. Kobe Bryant, the greatest basketball player in the world, and the Repeat World Champion Lakers will Threepeat next June!

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