Report: Andrew Bynum to Miss All of Preseason

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.

Tags: Andrew Bynum Derrick Caracter Lamar Odom Pau Gasol Theo Ratliff

  • Sports Scatter

    The Lakers should really consider making Bynum the 6th or 7th man during the regular season. Give his legs time to heal. It is not like it is going to keep them out of the playoffs. He is simply too good and too important to waste on 82 meaningless games. I would even consider not playing Bynum, Bryant, or Gasol in the first half of any regular season games this season.

  • Lifelong Laker Fan

    Take it easy everyone. The kid left everything on the court during the championship run. Maybe fans think he should not have taken a break before surgery, but he’s 22 and has 2 rings in a row. If you were that young and that rich, wouldn’t you have enjoyed yourself a little? Kobe did the same thing, but by all accounts Drew’s injury was worse. Look at all of the other true big men in the league and other than Dwight Howard is there anyone else with as much upside? At the end of the season, he will have contributed 15 and 10 for 70+ games and be the beast in the post and the difference maker that makes the Lakers the favorites once again come June.