Bynum plans to play despite knee

ESPN: Lakers center Andrew Bynum sat out practice this week to rest his injured right knee, but the time off didn’t do him much good.

After participating in Saturday afternoon’s practice, Bynum said the knee isn’t cooperating.

“It’s just worse. A little worse, but I’m still able to play through it so I’m going to keep pushing ahead,” he said.

Bynum said he will receive treatment and play when the Lakers open the Western Conference finals Monday night at Staples Center against the Phoenix Suns.

Bynum suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee against the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 30th, but has continued to play through the pain. The injury, he said, became worse “probably in Game 3, Game 4″ of the Lakers’ second round series against the Utah Jazz. Bynum was effective in the first two games, averaging 12.5 points and 12 rebounds, but didn’t score in Game 3 and had six in Game 4 as the Lakers swept Utah.

Overall, Bynum averaged 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in just under 25 minutes during the series.

Structurally, Bynum said the injury is no worse than before.

“[The problem is] keeping more swelling [out]. Not like the structure, but it’s creating more swelling because I’m playing with an injured limb,” he said. “It’s just something that I’m just going to continue to treat, continue to try and pump the swelling out, milk it, and take it from there.”

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  • http://www.kaley-cuoco.info Jack / Kaley-Cuoco.info

    He’ll be fine. I do think that he should just skip practices the rest of the playoffs though.

  • drive-for-16th

    fukkk fukkk fukkk fukkkkk fukkkkk fukkkkk, lololool. Weere gonan get screwed, i hate how he keeps gettin inuured and his other injuries just getting worse.

  • http://lakersnation.com KOBE THA MVP 10′

    BOSH BOSH BOSH BOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.jackyang.info Jack Y.

    Calm down you two. No need to panic.

  • chad b

    Drew – I’m a big fan but you got to sac it up. The doc says it can’t get worse then you just have to play through the pain…..and stop talking about it.

    • 242LakerFan

      Wait, did I miss the part where he called a presser to discuss the knee? He was asked about it. A journo would have to be lazy or stupid not to bring it up.
      And he said he was playing anyway, so what does your comment even mean?

      • chad b

        What does kobe say when he is asked about his injuries?… he says for this time of the season no one is 100% and he also says there is no excuses. Considering Bynum’s trouble playing with injury during the last three seasons all Laker fans are sick of hearing about his continuing injuries especially when someone like Kobe is playing through so many problems. Thats whats up. Also I can’t imagine there is a strategic advantage in saying that your conserned about not being able to get up and down the court against the fast Suns. Lets not tell the opponets how to take advantage of us before the series starts.

        • chad b

          In summation I want Bynum to answer the journalist like Jessie the Body answer in Predator… “I ain’t got time to Bleed” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKjs8aunBiQ

          We need you Bynum and we need you to be your Dominate self! Let’s get another ring!!!

          • B Holland

            There is nothing wrong with his answer. The suns were going to try to run against the bigs anyways. We need Bynum to just be 70-80 percent of himself. You ain’t goin to get dominant from an injured player. Ask kobe on that one.

  • lakers0828

    Yeah Bynum Gonna Play threw it But the Next 3 to 4 yrs will Decide His Fate in LA and weather or not He becomes that Dominating Center We all are a custom to seeing

  • 242LakerFan

    Why are we whining about this, fans? We complain when he sits out for whatever injury over the last few years, then when he says, “I’m gonna man up and play through the pain,” I still see people complaining? Come on, what do you want?
    Sorry, Drew, you just can’t win here. If you sit, we’ll say, “You should suck it up and play!” If you say you’re gonna play, we’ll say, “You should sac up and play!”
    Hello?

    • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

      you are definitely one of the morn observant and logic thinkers on this site- good job.. these ppl complain no matter what…
      All i have to say is that Phil should try and limit him in the WCF (i think he will)- we can beat the Suns without Bynum being Dominant.

      • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

        *more

        • seankobe

          are some people here are blinds? does bynum really helps the lakers during jazz series? noah or bosh can do the same contribution he does or much better. But more I like noah over bosh co’z pau is there, as I always says.. we don’t need another scorer we need someone with the heart on playing the ball specially bigmen like noah. trade him this summer…

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    Well, well, well, the tin man has a heart and he’s got the lion’s courage as well now! Good for you Drew! Way to sack it up and be a man! Glad to see that Kobe’s warrior attitude is rubbing off on you somehow!

    I’m glad that you’re proving me wrong! I thought that you had no heart, but you’re playing despite your injury… you’re definitely earning your paycheck this season and a spot in all Laker fan’s hearts (no pun intended)!

    Stay focused and play hard and smart! Try not to injure yourself anymore. And dominate Perkins or Dwight, whomever it will be in the Finals!

    GO BYNUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LakersMike31

    The Lakers should be able to get through this series just fine with him gimpy like this. But if they face the Magic in the finals, it’s gonna be tough. The mutitude of lengthy defenders bothered Howard last year. They won’t be as effective without him being able to contribute more than 25 mins per game. But Pau’s playing really well right now. Does he have ANOTHER level? We’re gonna need it.

  • TheLakerGenera11

    I didn’t question drew’s heart but damnit man WTF!! He says it’s getting worst?! I wish this guy could be injury free for one season damn, it’s frustrating hoepfully things go well. Let’s go Take that 16th championship!

  • T-Dub

    Sign and trade!!!!! Bosh for Bynum!!!!!!!

  • lakers are the bomb

    Nobody wants a china doll that gets hurt every season.
    Why would ant team sign and trade for a china doll.
    Theres players that are not 7ft with more heart.
    Boston has big baby and perkins that play and get alot of boards,so all this about needing to 7 ft players is crap.
    You need a player with BALLS Bynum is Elden Campell
    boy man join Kwame and the rest of the bums Benoit Ben,because thats his dna a big 7 ft PUSSY.
    Lakers need to get this asshole out of here.
    Sasha ,Bynum,Farmar,Ammo all need to go and Mobenga .
    Sorry players that should be in the d league.

    • WifelovesLuke

      You guys seem to forget that in all the years we had Shaq in LA he NEVER played a full season and he brought us 3 titles with Kobe and the boys. Why should Drew be any different? It’s not like bigs are just growing on trees.

  • inverse

    cold laser therapy!!!! lol

  • j.dizzle

    Im giving Bynum a pass for trying to play through it but enough is enough…This is THREE years straight now that hes been hurt in the postseason..What makes anyone think this is actually gonna change as he gets older? Face it, his body is fragile as hell..I would ship him out cuz 14 mil a year for 7-8 points in the playoffs isnt worth it.

    • WifelovesLuke

      Did Shaq ever play a full season in LA? Nope!

  • rondo

    Andrew Bynum is playing what the fuck you clowns want his blood? You so called Laker fan need to shut the f*** up. You guys bring a negative vibe to this team You guys are Bad Luck !

  • lakers0828

    Why is Everyone So worried about Bynum Damn

    • B Holland

      Just ignorant fans crying. Ignorant about basketball, ignorant about Bynum and his value, just plain ignorant. They are boxscore fans and truly don’t understand the game. They also tend to change their name constantly and never are accountable for what they say. They are the same people who wanted kidd for Bynum.