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Andrew Bynum put off surgery, now will miss training camp recovering. He's maturing?

Sep 23, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Bynum_shot.jpgWe told you yesterday that the Los Angeles Lakers were “hopeful” Andrew Bynum would be ready to go by the start of the season.

Kevin Ding of the Orange Country Register put another spin on that today.

Bynum put off having offseason surgery on his right knee so he could play – and we’re not talking about playing basketball. He could’ve repaired the knee immediately after last season, but he postponed it to travel – to see the soccer World Cup in South Africa and then vacation in Europe, as he had the previous summer.

Bynum didn’t want to be on crutches, which would’ve diminished all that fun stuff or required rescheduling. He even had the knee drained, just as he did repeatedly with much ado in the playoffs to keep playing, so he could keep pivoting around reasonably well as a sightseer.

Bynum was set to have the surgery mid-July, but it was pushed back to late July due to scheduling conflicts with Bynum’s doctor. The doc had been available. Bynum just chose not to be. Now he’ll miss training camp as a result.

Ding noted that for a guy who is supposed to be maturing, Bynum’s youth is evident and his focus questionable.

Is this really a big deal? The Lakers would have certainly liked to have Bynum around for part of camp, if only to avoid him having to play into shape during the first few weeks of the season.

Still, if this were in Miami, or Chicago, or a number of other teams where the meshing of new players or new coaches makes training camp important, it would be of greater consequence. The Lakers have a veteran team coming off consecutive titles, with the same coach and same system. Bynum’s presence for games in October or even early November is not a big deal. Him being healthy in May and June, however, is.

  1. DJ Cro Pack Attak - Sep 23, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    I absolutely agree…I’m so tired of this Bynum. He will never amount to an All Star because he can’t ever be healthy for more than two months. He’s been in the league like 5 years already. He should have taken care of this surgery immediately after the season. With Barnes, Blake, & Ratliff they’ll need to work on chemistry but I guess Bynum will be doing his most favorite activity ——REHABBING….AGAIN

  2. dan reines - Sep 23, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Look, man, he got hurt on company time, so he’ll heal on company time. (Dude, Kobe is not gonna be happy about this…)

  3. McDaddy - Sep 23, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    What a shocker.

  4. luwin5 - Sep 23, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    IN BYNUM, THE LAKERS HAVE A GREAT YOUNG CENTER; PROBALY ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG CENTERS IN THE GAME WHEN HEALTHY. GET OF HIS BALLS; HE’LL DO VERY WELL IF HE STAYS HEALTHY.SOME OF YOU SO CALL LAKER FANS ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT WERE BASHING KOBE A FEW VYEARS AGO. PISS OFF

  5. johnmaine - Sep 23, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    MSNBC sports columnist Mike Celizic passed away. Great piece on him: http://bit.ly/bNhPDd

  6. brooklyn Laker fan - Sep 23, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    I have no problem with his decision not to ruin his vacation and putting the surgery off, he ruined his knee on company time.I hope
    he will qualify for workers comp, how will he feed his family.

  7. Peter Rod.... - Sep 23, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    You must be a Union Man. Company time my @#$, the great ones have only one focus, to get well and compete from day one. He chose not to.

  8. loungefly - Sep 23, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Actually…I’m alright with this…Lakers only need Bynum in the playoffs. Let him rehab now and not play till Feb/Mar. He will have fresh legs for the playoff run. I think Kobe and the crew would be alright without him in the regular season. As far as the cracks on Bynum never amounting to be an all-star…I don’t think he cares…its all about the rings.

  9. Englebert Humperdouche - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Shaq, is that you?

  10. Englebert Humperdouche - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    He’ll undoubtedly call Latrell Spreewell for advice.

  11. Nate - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    very disappointed in Bynum, this just shows he’s not mature enough and does not have the committment to the Lakers, you know the people paying his salary. As it is, he’s slacked off 3 years already and he owes the Lakers and the fans some playing time. IT’s just hard trying to stay a Bynum Fan, when he doesn’t take being a Laker, seriously !!!

  12. Nate - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    very disappointed in Bynum, this just shows he’s not mature enough and does not have the committment to the Lakers, you know the people paying his salary. As it is, he’s slacked off 3 years already and he owes the Lakers and the fans some playing time. IT’s just hard trying to stay a Bynum Fan, when he doesn’t take being a Laker, seriously, IS CHRIS MIMM STILL AVAILABLE?, HA, HA, !!!

  13. Alan/Portsmouth RI - Sep 24, 2010 at 6:30 AM

    Kurt Helin’s Readers:
    I have often stated that Bynum is DAMAGED GOODS, both physically and mentally. I screamed when he selfishly postponed knee surgery after the end of the season.
    Professional Basketball Players have such a short playing life expectancy. They all possess such God giving talent to perform at a professional playing level.
    Too bad God forgot to include mental talent in Bynum’s physical talent package.
    Bynum having to play into shape at a regular season level, instead of go at your own speed summer camp, will lead to more injuries. Wait and see.
    As soon as he gets into shape….trade his ass.

  14. Lupe - Sep 24, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Kobe had surgery at the same time for the same reason. He wanted to see the world cup. So I guess he’s not matured either? Give Bynum a break, after all the effort he put in the Finals.

  15. RastusM - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Hey Lupe, It’s pretty balsy to compare Bynum to Kobe. Bynum is a “nice” player in an era of mediocre big men(i mean true Centers). He does not have the intensity and focus of the great Centers like Kareem, Olajuwon, Ewing, etc. Can you imagine what an asset he would be to the Lakers if he was as tough as Alonzo Mourning? He plays with great players and therefore his stats look good and his liabilities are minimized. I am glad that he is on my favorite team but I am not holding my breath that he is going to mature into an all-time great.

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