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Pacers coach Vogel expects Andrew Bynum to be out ‘a while’ after aggravating a previous injury

Mar 19, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT

Andrew Bynum, Charlie Villanueva AP

NEW YORK – Andrew Bynum didn’t make the trip to New York for Wednesday night’s game against the Knicks, and the move to hold him out wasn’t simply precautionary the way it was on the first night of a back-to-back when Indiana played the Sixers on Friday.

Bynum is injured at the moment, and after experiencing some swelling which required him to have his knee drained, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said he’s not sure how much time his new big man will miss.

“He played in the Detroit game, aggravated a previous condition and had some swelling in there,” Vogel said. “He’s going to be out for a little while.”

Bynum has looked good in the two games he’s played for Indiana — he finished with eight points and 10 rebounds in a 16-minute debut against Boston, and followed it up with 15 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes in Detroit four nights later.

But Bynum’s ability to still put up numbers wasn’t really the question when the Pacers signed him; it was whether or not he could stay on the floor. Knee issues have plagued him for well over a year now, and they seem to be showing no signs of disappearing any time soon.

A healthy version of Bynum in the postseason would be a huge boost to Indiana’s chances. But does Vogel know yet what level of production he can count on from Bynum this season?

“We don’t,” Vogel said. “You know, obviously if he’s healthy it gives us one of the best centers in the league. He’s proven that in the short time [he's been with us] in the two games that he played here. It’s just going to be a matter of how healthy he can be.”

  1. mnsadsportsfan - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Of course

  2. moseskkim - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    hes hurt? no way!

  3. rushbacker - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Well that escalated quickly.

  4. hurricanegrabowski - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Aggravating is an adjective that should always be attached to Bynum in one shape or form.

  5. 00maltliquor - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    frustrating

  6. 00maltliquor - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Lakers really did squeeze every last ounce of productivity out of him before they decided they were through with him. Wow.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      They timed it perfectly.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:25 AM

        They sure did.They also used up Lamar Odom to the last drop too. Amazing the timing. Too bad it was the exact opposite with Steve Nash.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:59 AM

      The Lakers did what smart organizations do – they sold high. Bynum had only played over 70% of regular season games twice in his career prior to being traded, and the Lakers traded him after one of those unusually healthy seasons for a star player.

      Ultimately, Dwight left, but losing Dwight is a better outcome for the Lakers than keeping Bynum, giving him a max or near max extension, and then watching him miss season after season with injuries, which might have happened if they didn’t trade Bynum.

    • tfoz5150 - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      That would’ve been nice if they had mentioned that before they decided to trade him for a King’s ransom. Just sayin’.

  7. pukpokito - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    that’s messed up.

  8. campcouch - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:26 AM

    The truth is,Bynum was hoisting up threes during practice again. Vogel told him to cut it out,but he did a Dream Shake and shot a fadeaway from half-court.

  9. kastout11 - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    He is done. Total waste of time and a lot of money. He will continue collecting big paychecks based on his size and talent, but continues to get injured. Teams continue to take a chance on him, but he will never be reliable. He has played 2 games in 2 years. I don’t think he has ever played a full season, and he never will.

  10. oldrenn1 - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    He’s hated in Philly

  11. unxpexted1 - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Who would of thought, Oden is the big man actually playing these days.

  12. pourman - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    He’s probably just exhausted.

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