How do you know the NBA season is just around the corner? When you see your first Andrew Bynum injury report, that’s how.
David Aldridge penned an NBA injury manifesto and had the following to say about Bynum’s progress (or lack thereof) following his offseason knee surgery.
Bynum in fact will not participate in any preseason games. He will travel with the team, but he has not yet been cleared to begin basketball activities on the court. The Lakers hope Bynum will be able to do some work on court later in the preseason.
Bynum wasn’t expected to be ready for camp which opens in mere days. However, this will now delay his conditioning meaning Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom can expect to see an increased work load early in the season which also means there are more minutes out there for the likes of Theo Ratliff and potentially Derrick Caracter.
Hopefully this will not be a lingering issue for Drew. While he made us all proud by toughing it out in the Finals, it was a looming concern that he might be doing more harm than help for the long term. Rest up and rehab well, Bynum. You’re going to need to have those legs ready for another long run in the postseason.