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6-2 Injury Update: Andrew Bynum

Perhaps the only actual news out of Wednesday’s NBA Finals media session at STAPLES Center was with regard to Andrew Bynum’s right knee.

Two days after getting his knee aspirated, removing much of the swelling, Bynum said that some of the swelling had returned.

This, however, is not unexpected, according to Lakers’ spokesman John Black. Bynum still is likely better off than he was before getting the knee drained, and was able to make it through Wednesday’s practice “fine” according to Phil Jackson.

Bynum concurred, saying that he’s excited to start Thursday evening’s Game 1.

5/31 Injury Update: Andrew Bynum

60597134Lakers center Andrew Bynum had his right knee aspirated (drained) on Monday morning by Lakers team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo, according to Lakers spokesman John Black.

Bynum originally hyperextended the knee in Game 6 of the first round of the playoffs, suffering a small tear of the anterior horn of his lateral meniscus.

The 22-year-old played through the injury to average 7.8 points and 8.8 rebounds against Utah in a four-game sweep, and 7.2 points with 5.7 rebounds in six games against Phoenix despite averaging around 20 minutes per game.

Bynum is expected to sit out of Tuesday’s practice, but hopes to get back to work on Wednesday, and offer what he can in the Finals against Boston. Bynum was terrific against the Celtics in two regular season matchups, averaging 16.5 points and 10.0 rebounds.

“I expect that he’s going to come out and give us some really good minutes,” said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. “They may not be heavy minutes, but he has some productive things that he’s done against the Celtics in the course of the year.”

Kobe Bryant underwent the same procedure, if for a different ailment, after Game 4 of the Oklahoma City series, and has responded in terrific fashion to score at least 30 points in 10 of the 12 games since.

Andrew Bynum to Start Game 1

60319019L.A.’s biggest injury question mark heading into the Second Round against Utah was the health of Andrew Bynum, who suffered a small tear of the anterior horn of the lateral meniscus in his right knee when hyper-extending the knee in Game 6 against Oklahoma City.

Naturally, the first question for Lakers Coach Phil Jackson in his pregame media session on Sunday morning regarded whether or not Bynum would play.

“We’ll give him an opportunity to start,” said Jackson. “Andrew is prepared to play. He’s going to do some therapy to activate himself and (will) try and work through it.”

As such, Jackson and his staff will monitor Bynum’s play, allowing him regular minutes if he’s able to handle it, or calling upon Lamar Odom if the knee is affecting his contribution.

“If he’s limited in what he can do, (with) his ability to run or (if) it’s going to be something that’s going to hamper him, then we’ll have to measure that.”

5/1 Injury Update: Andrew Bynum’s Knee

An MRI of Andrew Bynum’s right knee, which he hyper-extended in L.A.’s series clinching Game 6 against Oklahoma City on Friday night, revealed a small tear of the anterior horn of his lateral meniscus.

The injury is not expected to keep Bynum from playing going forward in the playoffs.

Lakers spokesman John Black said that an exit physical taken last June revealed a very small tear that was completely asymptomatic, as Bynum did not know he had it and experienced no symptons whatsoever even though it showed up in a radiological exam. When Bynum hyper-extended the knee on Friday, the tear went from very small to small.

Though he’s officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s Game 1 against Utah, the 7-footer is “basically day-to-day,” according to Black.

Bynum Looks “Great” In Long Practice

Lakers center Andrew Bynum participated in his first full practice since straining his left Achilles back on March 19, which assembled reporters saw first hand when Bynum remained on the floor for 5-on-5 full court drills at the conclusion of practice.

Judging from both his comments and the thoughts of Phil Jackson, Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, the news is all good for L.A., as the Lakers were 3-0 against first round opponent Oklahoma City when Bynum played during the regular season.

Andrew Bynum: “I’m feeling really well. Feeling good. I thought that the inside of the ankle was going to hurt a little bit, but it feels good. I’m going to ice it and continue to do the therapy so it doesn’t revert.”

Phil Jackson: “We’re very pleased. He’s certainly not in any space where he feels totally like he’s back, but we’re pleased that he was able to run and play and look like he can participate … We wait until tomorrow and see how he reacts. We had a pretty heavy load, were on the court almost two and a half hours. I took (Bynum) out of the practice for one five-minute break and that was it.”

Lamar Odom: “He looked great. He had exactly what he needed: time off. He wasn’t limping or anything. Running good, running well out there. He should be all right.”

Kobe Bryant: “He looked good. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him too much about it but he didn’t seem limited.”

Pau Gasol: “Obviously Andrew’s a big help for us now. He does a lot of different things. He’s a big presence and will bring us physicality in the playoffs.”

4/15 Injury Update Part II: Andrew Bynum

D067513008.JPGL.A. got some good news as far as 7-foot, 22-year-old centers go:

Andrew Bynum worked out for about 40 minutes on Thursday morning with coaching assistants Chuck Person and Rasheed Hazzard, and suffered no ill effects, according to Lakers spokesman John Black.

The 7-footer, who missed L.A.’s final 13 games after straining his left Achilles against Minnesota on March 19, went through running, jumping and shooting drills, in addition to playing some 1-on-1.

Because Bynum responded well to the activity, he is expected to practice with the team on Friday.

Bynum has maintained for the last week that he will “definitely” play in Sunday’s first round opener against Oklahoma City, and Thursday’s news is the best sign the team has had towards that end.

Healthy Bynum + Gasol = Wins

59329427It’s simple, really.

When Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol were healthy in the just-completed 2009-10 regular season, the Lakers went 38-12. That’s a 76 percent win ratio.

When one or both have been hurt, the Lakers went 19-13, a 59 percent win ratio.

L.A. actually managed to go 2-0 when neither big man played in November wins against Memphis and New Orleans at home. The Lakers went 9-6 without Gasol, and 8-7 with no Bynum.

Gasol closed the season on an absolute tear, averaging 27.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.8 blocks while shooting 65 percent from the field in the five games prior to Wednesday’s season finale (in which he scored 18 points with 17 rebounds in 27 minutes).

Bynum, meanwhile, has maintained for a week that he will play in L.A.’s playoff opener against Oklahoma City on Sunday, allowing Lamar Odom to return to the bench and re-establishing a crucial element to what makes the Lakers so difficult to play against.

4/12 Injury Update: Andrew Bynum

The last update we had on Andrew Bynum came from Denver on Thursday, when he suggested that he most likely would not play in L.A.’s final two regular season games, but would almost certainly play in the Lakers’ first playoff game.

Bynum confirmed as much after Monday’s practice, during which he ran on one of the team’s machines with 30 pounds of weight on his back.

“It worked fine,” he said. “There was no pain. Tomorrow, (I’ll) run a little bit further, put a little more weight on.”

Bynum’s primary concern isn’t for his left Achilles tendon, but on his game shape and conditioning, which he recognizes will take a bit of time to return. He’s already missed 11 games due to the injury.

The 22-year-old center hopes to resume basketball activities on Wednesday, the day of L.A.’s final regular season game, which would give him several days of practice before the team’s first playoff game.

4/8 Injury Update: Andrew Bynum

Injury Update: Andrew Bynum” is a title you’ll likely see a few more times before the regular season is over.

The latest version, from Denver, found Bynum saying that he might not risk returning to action before the playoffs begin on his still tender left Achilles, saying that playing too early could bring “another possibility to go back a couple steps.”

Bynum did not, however, rule out returning for the final two regular season contests on April 13 and 14 against Sacramento and the L.A. Clippers.

“I told both Andrew and Kobe that it’s more important that they go into the playoffs with a good set of legs, and we’re really positive about that,” said Phil Jackson. “Andrew coming back in the last two games was just not feasible, it’s better to rest him until the playoffs start or even into the playoffs before he plays.”

While Bynum’s initial comments were in line with Jackson’s statement, the 22-year-old center went on to say that he definitely planned on playing in L.A.’s first playoff game, no matter what.

“I’m going to play in the first playoff game,” he said. “Have to.”

Bynum Learning Spanish
Even while being interviewed about his potential return to action, Bynum had his laptop resting on his knees and special headphones around his neck. They weren’t there, however, to listen to music or watch movies, but instead to learn Spanish. Bynum, both smart and curious (it’s rare that you’ll find him without a book), is on a mission to learn Spanish, having purchased Rosetta Stone’s Spanish package.

Bynum said that living in Southern California is an impetus towards learning the language, in addition to his general desire to learn new things.

Bynum’s MRI Again Confirms No Tear

D072184097.jpgAndrew Bynum underwent an MRI exam on Monday and the results showed no tear to his Achilles tendon, as did the previous exam on Saturday, March 20.

Bynum’s injury will continue to be classified as an Achilles tendon strain.

No timetable for a return has been set for the 22-year-old center, and Bynum will continue to receive treatment and therapy from the Lakers’ staff, supervised by Athletic Trainer Gary Vitti.