During last night's Spurs-Lakers game in L.A., Andrew Bynum once again injured his right knee. The injury came during a play in the 2nd quarter where Bynum stepped on Dejuan Blair's foot and then awkwardly fell to the floor. Bynum was escorted to the Lakers' locker room by trainer Gary Vitti and was able to walk-off under his own power.
The word just out about an hour ago is that this is a bone bruise and Bynum will be ready to go for the playoffs. Seems like this is the same thing that happened to Nenad Krstic.
This is the latest in a series of injuries for Bynum that started in 2008 with a similar play. While stepping on Lamar Odom's foot, Bynum dislocated his left kneecap in a game against Memphis. He had arthroscopic surgery about 4 months later and as we all know missed the rest of the season. Almost exactly 1 year later, and also against the Grizz, Bynum collided with Kobe Bryant and went down again with what was originally called a "right knee sprain". However, a week or so later, team doctors diagnosed it as torn MCL and he was shelved for about 2 months.
Last season, Mr. Bynum injured the knee in the playoffs vs OKC. However he played through the injury, opting to have surgery after the Finals. And after he attended the World Cup and took a vacation in Europe. Ok then.
Losing Bynum would be a HUGE blow to the Lakers title chances. It seems like they dodged a bullet on this one, but there's no doubt Lakers Nation is on edge over this.