MRI Confirms Bynum’s Strained, Not Torn, Achilles

An MRI taken Saturday morning confirmed that Andrew Bynum suffered a strained Achilles tendon during the third quarter of L.A.’s Friday night win over Minnesota.

The good news is that there is no tear or rupture.

“It’s not a torn Achilles,” said Phil Jackson on Saturday. “We just hope that the time is not extended. He’s a very optimistic young man, so (his reaction) wasn’t that bad. I was pleased with that.”

Bynum will be reevaluated in a week, and will not play until that time, meaning that the young center will definitely miss Sunday’s game against Washington, and road games at San Antonio (Wednesday) and Oklahoma City (Friday) and most likely Houston (Saturday).

L.A. then plays in New Orleans on Monday, March 29, and in Atlanta on March 31.

Jackson said that Lamar Odom would start in Bynum’s place, moving Pau Gasol over to the center position.