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Lakers Andrew Bynum hyperextends knee, leaves game, MRI Wednesday

Apr 13, 2011, 1:53 AM EDT


UPDATE 1:53 am: Talked to Bynum as he walked out of Staples Center (with other media), and he showed no noticable limp. He said that if this had been a big playoff game he would have been back out there, but that it was a little more than precautionary.

“It was painful right when it happened but it’s not that bad right now,” Bynum said.

Phil Jackson said he hoped it would not be something that lingers.

“He could be out a couple games,” Jackson said. “There could be a bone bruise involved when you hyperextend the knee. His reassurance was saying, ‘I’m going to be okay.’ I think that he might have an idea about it because he’s been through it before.”

12:05 am: The one thing the Lakers feared most was Andrew Bynum suffering another knee injury.

It happened. He has suffered a hyperextended right knee according to the team — the one he had surgically repaired after last season, the one he wears a heavy brace on. The severity is not known, but he is not returning to the Spurs game, he will not play Wednesday in Sacramento.

He will have an MRI on Wednesday, when we will learn the severity of the injury. Hyperextensions sometimes are not as serious as other knee injuries, but anything to Bynum’s injured knee will be taken seriously. It is a risk to the team and its chances.

The injury happened as Bynum was running up the court on defense in the second quarter, stepped on the foot of DeJuan Blair and his leg seemed to slide out from under him. He fell in the key and just sat there while the play went on around him. He then sat there until play stopped and Pau Gasol came in for him. Bynum got up and walked off under his own power but went straight to the locker room.

Bynum is the key to the Lakers three-peat chances — he is the anchor of the defense that sparked their 17-of-18 run. Last season he was able to drag an injured leg suffered in the first round through the rest of the playoffs and help the team to a title.

However, this year Lakers staff was quietly optimistic that this was the best team they had in the playoffs in this championship window because they finally had a healthy Bynum. Now….

  1. dankyb - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Looks like someone was watching sportscenter

  2. liltmac2003 - Apr 13, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    Since the season began, I find myself coming to this site pretty often. Beside Helin bashing on the Bulls and D-Rose, I have no complaints…except for 1 tiny thing.

    Can you guys embed video into your articles more often? Yeah, you guys do embed some video sometimes. For example, after reading this article, I had to open a new tab, go to, find the video, wait for the ad, and than watch it. Lol.

  3. purdueman - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:12 AM

    Bynum, poster child for the all NBA Slacker Team year in and year out. Doesn’t surprise me one bit that he’s got yet another “owie!”. Maybe the Lakers should trade him this offseason for Odom straight up with Portland. At least it would be a new face sitting on the injured list collecting a big pay check every two weeks.

    Everytime Bynum leaves the basketball floor the Lakers ought to drape a warm up jacket over his that on the back reads: “Fragile! Handle with extreme care!”.

    Any JD Drew sightings in LA lately? (LOL!)

  4. andyhr17 - Apr 13, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    Andrew Bynum hurt his knee? Shocking!

    • purdueman - Apr 13, 2011 at 11:43 AM

      I heard that he might have huutta his toe too! This is what Andrew does best come playoff time you know!

  5. loungefly74 - Apr 13, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    yikes. as a Laker fan, i am concerned big time. BUT, no excuses (i’m looking at you doc rivers)…you go in and give it your best. this is why a team strives for depth/ deep bench. i hope bynum is able to play some…maybe sit him out the 1st round though.

  6. andyhr17 - Apr 13, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    I think Bynum is just destined to have a disappointing career that will be sidetracked by constant knee injuries. The guy has a lot of talent, and even more potential. He just has fragile knees.

    • loungefly74 - Apr 13, 2011 at 8:53 AM

      so far in his career, he has already accomplished more than most players (2 Titles)…but i agree, his injuries will prevent him from reaching his potential. i’m more sad about greg oden.

      • andyhr17 - Apr 13, 2011 at 9:11 AM

        Luke Walton has also accomplished more than most players (2 titles).

        I agree about Oden. His career basically ended before it even took off.

      • loungefly74 - Apr 13, 2011 at 9:58 AM

        my point about accomplishments was that bynum was a pivotal player in 2 titles…more so than luke walton obviously. c’mon man! we are smarter than that! unless the luke comment was sarcastically said…than well played sir.

        hindsight…i wish oden would have just stayed at OSU for 4 years…but who knows, he may gotten hurt still.

      • purdueman - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:06 PM

        loungefly… puhl-ease! enough already!

        Just because you happen to be lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time at the end of someone’s bench doesn’t mean if you’re basically handed a ring that YOU have accomplished much, if anything (but of course your team has with or without you).

        I’m not making this point because of Bynum though, because he did play a considerable amount the last two years of the playoffs, but Walton? He played a whole whopping 90 minutes over the Lakers 21 game playoff run last season, mostly all in garbage time. His only “accomplishment” last year was keeping the hell out of the way of those who were responsible for winning him a ring.

      • andyhr17 - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:25 PM

        Good god. My comment was with 100% sarcasm. I didn’t think it would really lead to a discussion about Luke Walton.

        I was just pointing out that saying that Andrew Bynum has two rings does not make him more accomplished than most NBA players.

      • loungefly74 - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        @andyhr17 – ya need to work on your sarcasm skills. I could see a laker hater, such as purdueman (READ HIS COMMENT, goodness, that couldn’t have been better set-up to show someone’s thinking about your sarcasm comment…), trying to make the Luke Walton statement a valid argument, just scraping at anything to discredit the Lakers or anything they have done.

        hmmm…I say it does make him more accomplished than most NBA players. not everyone wins rings while playing a pivotal role, let alone 2. i’m not saying he is more accomplished than most all-stars..i said most NBA players…and his career is not done yet.

      • purdueman - Apr 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        loungefly… I’m not a Laker hater; I’m a Laker bandwagon-er hater. There’s a big difference.

        Try to be objective here about Walton. He’s an overpaid end of the bench big goof who’s more known for his cute curly hairdo and his equally goofball famous Father than as a basketball player. That’s not hatin’; that’s just telling it like it is!

        All attempts at any sarcasm aside, my comment about how many rings a player has received having to be taken with a grain of salt isn’t just about Walton or the Lakers; it holds true in all professional teams and sports.

        Will Perdue’s only contribution to getting his three Bulls championship rings was to be able to come off the bench as the third center and provide six quick fouls. I’d hardly classify that as being any kind of an “accomplishment”, unless by “accomplishment” one means growing up to be 7 feet tall with size 22 shoes and being lucky enough to be able to stand in one spot taking up a lot of space on a basketball floor and get paid handsomely for doing so.

        And the number of obscure career backup players in the NFL who have multiple championship rings is another example of winning rings without accomplishing much. After all, how much does the third string NFL QB on a roster contribute to a championship team? Not much, because if the starter and #2 QB had gone down for any period of time the team wouldn’t have made it to the championship game, much less won it.

      • loungefly74 - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:38 PM

        yes, i agree that bench players/scrubs get a free “gift” when playing on a championship team. i got that. i was saying bynum is not a scrub. he earned those rings as he was very vital to the team. the original comment was bynum is destined to have a disappointing career and i said that’s true but having 2 rings is more than most players accomplish in there career…because he played a vital role attaining those rings.
        yes, Luke, Perdue, 3rd string QB’s should thank their lucky stars just to be associated with a champion, you’re right about that…i’m just saying Bynum shouldn’t be lumped in with guys like that.

        I’m not a fan of band wagon fans too. I’m from cali.(though i moved several years ago to ohio) and i still root for the Lakers, 49ers, and SF Giants…always have…always will. do i wish success for the Bengals, Browns, Cavs, Buckeyes, Reds, Indians? sure…because they are “local” teams…but my allegiance is with those Cali teams. Yeah, i don’t have respect for the guy whose teams are (and i really know a person like this!)..Yankees, Steelers, and the Heat but lives in Ohio. I could maybe understand the Steelers loyalty…but yeah, that guy is a joke. Bandwagon fans are the worst…i think more so than fairweather fans (people only interested when the team is playing well).

        the worst bandwagon team of all time? Cowboys and Packer fans…they are everywhere!

      • purdueman - Apr 13, 2011 at 4:20 PM

        loungefly… we’re on the same page… good post!

        When I think of bandwagon fan, I immediately think of Steve Bartman, the “new” bandwagon Cub fan who emerged out of his room in his Mother’s basement in north suburban Chicago (and I’m not just making that up), went to a ticket broker to buy a ticket into Game 6 of the NLCS at Wrigley wearing a brand new Cub hat and a brand new pair of Sony Sports Radio headphones, then of course became part of baseball history by causing Moses Alou to go postal on a foul ball hit right at him.

        By the way, ESPN is having advanced screenings of a made for tv movie that they’ve based on the Bartman incident at Wrigley.

        What I’m driving at, is the day that lights were put on Wrigley Field in Chicago, all of a sudden the north shore yuppie night creatures overnight became “life long Cub fans”. Then the feeding frenzy that occurred after SI put Cubbie darlings Prior and Wood on their cover brought in a second and even bigger wave of new “lifelong” Cub fans. ALL bandwagon-ers.

        The end result? True lifelong Cub fans have now been practically priced out of being able to afford to attend Cub home games, because now going to a game at Wrigley is “fashionable” (and the same thing has happened with Laker tickets too). That’s what I mean by true bandwagon fans who screw the pooch for the real lifelong fans.

        I can’t speak to Packer fans, but Patriot bandwagon fans are everywhere now. Once again, national over-exposure has accelerated the process as in the years Brady appeared in the Super Bowl I got migraines from all of the over the top adulation that the national media reigned down on him.

        In the case of Cowboys bandwagon fans I think that all started with (again), the SI cover of the Cowboy Cheerleaders and the Cowboys being “America’s Team” back in the day. Bottom line? Over exposure is what drives bandwagon-ers to instantly turn into “lifelong fans”, when the reality is that they really are just all caught up in the moment when a team (as you correctly point out), is winning.

        True fans though stick with their teams through thick and thin. Before the Bulls landed Derrick Rose in the NBA draft, they were plus or minus 8 games of being only a .500 team, yet I still pulled for them and in particular loved the lunch pail grit Kirk Heinrich brought to the team, and sure, I would have liked them to go farther every year, but I never waffled from my interest and loyalty towards following them game in and game out… win or lose.

  7. omniusprime - Apr 13, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    That was a big scare last night as Bynum sat there holding his knee. I’m glad that Andrew feels okay and feels he’ll be okay. As long as Bynum is healthy the Repeat World Champion Lakers will Threepeat! Have to give Bynum credit for hustling down the court on defense.

  8. hoopsfanatic - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    The results of the MRI will be huge. If Bynum can not stay healthy, I sincerely doubt the Lakers will three-peat. Futhermore, without a healthy Bynum, the Lakers would have a very difficult time winning the Western conference. Bynum is a huge key for the Lakers because he allows Gasol to play at PF, and for Odom to come off the bench. Gasol gets too beat up playing center, and the Lakers have a very weak bench without Odom.

    Another interesting thing to watch is that the Lakers will have a very depleted roster for their final game against the Kings. The Lakers must win in order to obtain the second seed. Bynum, Blake and Barnes will all miss the game. Odom will be forced to start, and the Lakers will most likely have no production from their bench in a must-win game.

    • loungefly74 - Apr 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      good point. and with this being the King’s last game in Sac-town, they are going to be super-pumped.

  9. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    I am sitting here in my parents’ basement crying in the dark. I hope dear Andrew is OK.

    • purdueman - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:48 PM

      fouldwimmer… ROFLMAO! Good one! You must have seen little Andrew bawling like a baby sitting on the hardwood last night too, huh? Good thing that Grandpa Phil carries those comforting lollipops in his pocket and quickly kisses any boo-boo’s to make it better!

      You’re not the only one though sitting crying in the dark; there are a whole bunch of Laker Homers who all live within 10 minutes of the Anaheim Honda Center (future home of the Anaheim Royals), who are sitting in their dark garages crying not only out of concern for Andrew, but being faced with the reality that tonight’s the very last ever home game for the Sacramento Kings and the 18 wheelers are all lined up to pack ’em up and head ’em out to Anaheim immediately after tonight’s game!!!

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