There’s a rumor circulating Clublakers.com that our very own Andrew Bynum might be out *gulp* another SIX WEEKS! Plus, this L.A. Times article states that he isn’t even clear to play this season nor be available for the start of the playoff. How can this happen? Sound-off in the comments and tell us what you think.
L.A. Times: Lakers center Andrew Bynum has not been cleared for full practices or to play and is doubtful for the start of the playoffs.
There is no specific date set for his return, the Lakers said today.
Bynum was examined by a knee specialist in New York on Wednesday. “Andrew will continue with his therapy program and workouts with the Lakers’ training staff and will continue to be monitored until he can return to playing status,” Dr. David Altchek said.
Bynum has been out since Jan. 13, and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said earlier this week he hoped Bynum could begin practicing Saturday, and might play his first game Sunday game against San Antonio.
“There’s a chance,” Jackson said Tuesday. “It would have to be under a situation in which he could practice on Saturday in a way that would convince me to play him on Sunday. Right now, we’re certainly not counting on that. It’s just really a longshot.”
Bynum sustained a bone bruise in his left knee and he briefly dislocated his kneecap in the January game.
The Lakers play their last regular-season game on April 15 and the NBA playoffs begin April 19, although the Lakers first playoff game will probably be on April 20.