Earlier this week, we learned that Andrew Bynum was unlikely to play in the preseason, but that the Lakers were “hopeful” the young center would be ready to go for the start of the regular season on Oct. 26 against Houston.
Bynum had surgery on July 28 to repair a small tear of the anterior horn of the lateral meniscus in his right knee, but subsequently found out that a longer recovery period than initially suspected was in order.
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson shed some light upon the issue at his preseason press conference on Friday morning:
I don’t see how Andrew is going to be ready, and I really haven’t anticipated Andrew being ready to go at the beginning of the season. Now, that’s an unfortunate thing, but the type of surgery that the doctor did on his knee takes a little extra time. Obviously, we hadn’t prepared and Andrew certainly hadn’t prepared for the fact that it could was going to take an extra month and a half or so to rehab this type of surgery. I know he’s getting battered a little bit, and we could have had the operation a little bit earlier, but the end result is what he’s going to be like in May and June and that’s the important part.
It’s an unusual type of surgery. It’s not done very often. Obviously the area of the tear with Andrew is a very unusual tear, and Andrew has knees that, I think, have shown we have to be careful with them and this is something we hope is going to repair the knee in a way so it can be much more stable in the future.