On Friday afternoon in Port St. Lucie Fla., Andrew Bynum will meet with his personal doctor, Dr. David Altchek, to receive a Synvisc injection on his right knee as part of normal and continuing treatment to maintain the knee’s health.
The injection is intended to serve as a lubricant for the knee, providing Bynum with extended relief on an area he said he will protect with a bulky brace for the duration of his career.
After Thursday night’s Lakers loss at Oklahoma City, Bynum boarded a plane along with Kobe Bryant bound for Orlando to take part in his first All-Star game, to which he was elected by fans as a starter. Bynum is scheduled to fulfill his media and charity commitments on Friday, and subsequently go to meet Altchek for the injection.
Bynum will not participate in Saturday’s Western Conference practice run by Thunder coach Scott Brooks, but he is expected to be fine to play in Sunday’s All Star game.
Bynum came into the season the healthiest he’s been in recent years, and has played the best basketball of his career towards averages of 16.3 points and 12.7 rebounds in 34.6 minutes, all career highs, plus 2.0 blocks per game (ranking seventh in the league) on 54.4 percent shooting (ranking fourth). His 21 double-doubles in 30 games ties him with teammate Pau Gasol, trailing only Dwight Howard (27) and Kevin Love (30).
Bynum made only 5-of-15 shots against the Thunder in the team’s fourth game in five nights, but did lead L.A. with 12 boards and two blocks.