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Andrew Bynum looking to prove he is slowest healer of all time, says return may be December

Oct 3, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Bynum_utah.jpgAndrew Bynum is one guy on the Lakers without a filter. Yes, that includes Ron Artest — Ron-Ron can be a little stream of consciousness, but Bynum is the one who just says what he is thinking and does not just use a cliché.

Right now, he is thinking he could be out for a while. Like December.

The man simply does not heal quickly and so he is honest about his timetable for coming back –and it is longer than anyone thought. That is what he told Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times while in London.

Bynum said Sunday he might not be back until December.

“Yeah, it’s a possibility,” he said. “I’ve got a little bit of pain still. It just depends on when I’m cleared.”

Bynum said he would see his doctor in three weeks and hoped to begin weight-bearing exercises after that. He had knee surgery in late July.

Lest you think that isn’t creating some tension around the Lakers, here is what Phil Jackson said (and remember Jackson balked when Bynum said late November for a return last week).

“He’s been saying that,” Jackson said. “I don’t know why he’s talking about December. He can get weight-bearing activities started at the end of this month. Can you play in two weeks [after that]? Can you play in three weeks? Four weeks puts you at the end of November. So let’s just let it happen and not talk about what the timing is.”

Bynum had knee surgery in July, surgery that ended up being more complex than expected when he went in.

Bynum also heals slowly. If there is one thing evident from his series of injuries, the man just simply does not bounce back. Attribute that to genetics, mental toughness, the water at Staples Center, whatever you want. It doesn’t change the fact.

Intellectually, Lakers management and fans know that when the really need Bynum is May not November, therefore let him take his time is get right. But Bynum can be frustrating and is pushing back time frames, dampening expectations already. It’s not how anyone in Los Angeles wanted to enter the season.

  1. Rob - Oct 3, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    The guy is lazy. Doesn’t condition off season. Plays injured so he doesn’t have to play the long season. Reminds me of Shaq

  2. gianthinker - Oct 3, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa! Point of order! As a Knicks fan i must insist this is re-worded. Clearly Eddy Curry is the slowest healer of all time. Bynum can be #2.

  3. SFWA - Oct 4, 2010 at 7:30 AM

    We all know that many of the over 7 foot crowd in the NBA don’t seem to have physically formed correctly. Look at how many of them have ongoing knee, ankle, and foot problems. I guess human legs just can’t take the kinds of stresses someone that big and heavy can generate. The sad part is that Bynum is only 23 years old and he’s already ben hurt quite a bit and for long stretches. At least Shaq has had several dominate years where he was the most atheletic center alive. Bynum is just a role player that you simply hope can hold his own. He’s no Dwight Howard tht’s for sure.

  4. Omnius - Oct 4, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    People need to stop rushing Andrew Bynum on his recovery, he’ll be ready to play when he’s ready to play. I’m glad he’s being honest about his extended rehab time, much better than saying he’ll be back for the 1st game and then takes a lot longer. Early in the season isn’t as important as the end of the season so let’s hope Bynum heals up properly and lasts through the whole season and playoffs. His absence gives other bigs a chance to play early and learn how to fit into the Laker’s triangle offense and awesome defense. Kobe Bryant is the greatest basketball player in the world and the Repeat World Champion Lakers will Threepeat next June!

  5. dabulllssss - Oct 4, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Hey bossman. appreciate the day off. howd u do with ur picks? u need to look at this thing my neighbor came across the other day. http://sportscomplainer.com . its like the drudge thing u like but sports. ok cu tom sir.

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