Could it have been worse? Maybe. But still, 8 weeks is a mighty long time for our difference maker. No surgery is needed.

ESPN: Andrew Bynum, a key factor in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 25-11 start to the season, will miss eight weeks with what his agent says is a subluxation of his left kneecap.

David Lee told ESPN The Magazine’s Sam Alipour that Bynum will not need surgery. Bynum, who had an MRI on Monday, will begin rehabiliation immediately, Lee said.

“He’s already focusing on his rehab,” Lee said Monday.

Bynum injured his knee early in the third quarter of Sunday night’s 100-99 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. A subluxation occurs when the kneecap is pulled toward the outside of the knee.

Continue reading ‘Bynum to miss 8 weeks with knee injury’

  • hZm

    Not good.
    I hope these guys are pull it all together for the next 8 weeks.

  • Michael_23

    Please please! Don’t make this team fall apart! The injury bug comes back with a vengeance.

    Remember when Kobe hurt his shoulder and was projected to be 6-8 weeks out and came back in 2-3 weeks? I hope this happens to Bynum as well!

    Lakers are almost a .700 team! I expect them to be a .500 team now. But if the Lakers can prove me wrong and be a .600 team, I’d be happy with that til Bynum gets back.

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    Could be worse,
    but we could of avoided it also, and 8 weeks, could be non existent
    but turiaf, brown, etc need to step up,
    i dont wanna see kobe be burned scoring 50 a nite and
    us playing last possession wins type gaMES.

  • Edward

    Man o man… if we won the next two games, which is supersonics then suns, we could have been in contention for #1…. this is gonna be tough.

  • DingleBerry

    I wonder if new jersey will still take the trade for kidd now??? lol

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    Sigh Im pretty bummed..
    what a way to start 2nd semester huh??


  • lakerfan81

    At least it isn’t too serious and will not require surgery.

  • LouisKim

    the hell we need kidd for?…we never did…. can mitch call C-webb’s agent right away please

  • Michael_23

    Edward, we win tonight and we’ll be #1 already because we own the tiebraker and against the Suns.

    Is it just me or is Kwame Brown a lot worse this year than last year? It seemed his doubled his stats on fumbled balls and missed dunks and open layups this year … urghh.

    His FT % is at an all time low this year.

    Any team out there want an expiring contract? Lakers are open to entertain deals with Kwame.

  • Mr.81

  • LakersFirst

    Another season of what could’ve been. No, the season is not over however the resulting record will not demonstrate how good we really are, when healthy. Unfortunatley, you know the fans in Phoenix and really the rest of the Western conference are cheering and happy about this sad news.

  • hZm

    Weeeeeeeeeeebber! Ohhhh Weeeeeeeeeebber!

  • Michael_23

    Webber’s approach to the game and basketball is at a question right now because how you gonna compete and wait til after the All Star break and pick a team to play for? Webber needs to get in and compete and play hard for a championship. I don’t want to see him show up in March or April in any team and win a championship. There’s nothing to be proud for in that.

    He’s happy because he’s probably still receiving that buy-out check he got from the 76ers.

  • RC

    This is a tough injury! The Lakers were just starting to play well. Bynum got the ankle injury so common in basketball. When you come down on another players foot and yours turns, it is painful. However, IMO I think Andrew is young and tough enough to come back in less than 8 weeks.

    Kwami, you have to perform just as well as Andrew did! We want only double, doubles or else! We need the bench more than ever now to get us through the next difficult period.

    Come on Lakers!!! You can do it!!!

  • Kobefan24

    fu ck now its gona be tuff to even stay in the top foure, we need a hero to step up besides kobe,could it be lamar, could it be fish, or even kwame, we will soon find out.

  • keep24

    Lame-r-odumb better step up! The entire season rests on his useless shoulders right now!

  • T-Dub

    Every team has injuries throughout the year…we’re no exception, however, the truly elite teams don’t crash and burn because of one player…even if it’s their best player. We’re about to find out how good or how average the other players are…Odom, Walton, Fish and the rest..LAMAR..this is your chance to prove all the doubters wrong, including myself…time to be a MONSTER!

  • Neo-Laker Era

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    Umm, ankle injury? Weren’t you paying attention? Try again. Oh, and double-doubles from Kwame, yea, dream on. :-\

  • keep24

    That’s it! I’m done listening to The Loose Canons.

    Why are these fools arguing about who’s better, Bird or KB?

    WTF Hartman? You think Bird is better than KB24? West better than KB24? Why do these fools think Shaq is better than KB? They say Shaq is better cause he won a ring without Kobe! I’m sorry but who was that other guy next to him, oh that’s right, it was D-Wade!

    And they didn’t win it, Dallas choked it away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    minimum of 8 weeks..
    Could be more


  • gugy


    that’s bad. But at least he will be ready for the playoffs. I hope.

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    yea but wat seed will we be for playoffs??

    FUckakkak reality is starting to sink in

  • ab4sure

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    I think the nets do that trade. What do you think???

  • mplakers

    man it had to be lamar to cause the injury. the lakers were very close to hitting full stride only to have lamar’s foot sideswipe the biggest legs on the lakers team.

    8 weeks is about 24 or more games…that is a handful. if the lakers go 12 and 12 (hopefully, the worst case scenario) that will bring them to 37 and 23 with about 22 games left and you gotta figure in that bynum needs about 5-10 games to regain chemistry with the team.

    wow, how quickly did we all just go from a high to a possible bleak situation. 37 and 23 might only be good enough for 6-8 seed in this highly competetive western conference.

    i blame it all on ODUMB….lololololololol

  • Jsahmad

    Its Better than it seemed to be. 8 weeks = one of the hardest stretches of games to end January… 9 Game Road Trip in February… Bynum won’t be back til Mid March…. Lakers are going to have to Step it up as a team… i have a feeling Kobe will get frustrated and start to score much more…

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM
  • mr47

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    Actually his comedy factor is up this year, who else finds it funny when he does the same post moves each and every time then throws up a prayer?

  • bryan

    Here we go again with the “O-dumb” rants. How can you seriously call yourself a fan when you talk crap about our own players? Odom gets 13-10 and he sucks? Bynum gets 13-10 and he’s the next Shaq. Odom has spoiled us with his lingering potential. With Kobe and Bynum getting most of the touches.. and don’t forget about D-fish.. how do you expect Odom to post up numbers that we saw him do in the playoffs? He is so unselfish and doesn’t complain.. he’d rather get the assist on the buzzer-beating shot than taking it for himself. The team is 25-11 thanks to the TEAM. THE WHOLE TEAM. Some of you people obviously believe that scoring is all there is to basketball. If that is the case, be a Suns fan.

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    Someone give their limbs up..

    no fatties

  • mr47

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    You know, i think people bash him for the same reason they bash kwame…his price tag. Lamar is in the position where he’s almost there…but he’s been almost there for a very long time. The pay he receives indicates that he should be more of a factor, same w/ kwame. Bynum on the other hand is 20 years old and gets paid close to nothing. If Andrew is still at 12 and 10 when he’s 28 years old, you can believe you’ll start to hear it. Andrew has looked like our #2 guy this season while Lamar should’ve been that guy a long time ago.

    I think Lamar is best as a third man, which is my complaint about him. Lamar is a solid third man that may never be the second…which is frustrating. I still think he is a contributor and i still like him, but pls resign him to about 6 or 7 mil.

  • mmfdjfjfg

    Same thing as last year great start then the freekin injuries!
    but i think we will hang in and get 54 victories

  • David

    Couple of points. Yes this is a devastating Injury. BUT….

    1. Last year we were 26-13 with a non existent Bynum. We are a better team this year than we were last year at this time with Bynum at a talent level.

    2. If we go .500 over the next 29 games w/o bynum. we will still be 14 games over .500. That leaves 17 games left. We win 8 of them and we win 50 games.

    3. The injury can be more than 8 weeks, but it’s also possible it can be less.

    4. Let’s say we play terrible and barely squeeze into the playoffs. Other than San Antonio we can beat any team in the west even w/o home court.

    We’ll see what happens but I think we’ll be ok.

  • k0be da 1 andonly

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    Took the words right out of my mouth….


    Get back soon AB.Trade Kwame(in Feb.)and Sasha for JO Nowwww!8 F!@#ing WEEKS?!? We need to get Webber also,i don’t what anybody says “he’s still got it” and can help any team reach that ultimate goal(CHAMPIONSHIP).Don’t forget he knows us better than anybody(remember the real Sactown).Get JO(if Bird will let him go without giving up LO or JF(Farmar)now so he can pick up the system,he’s a quick learner(ask Reggie).Coming Soon LAKERNATION the AB/JO Connection.KWAMEHASTOGO.COM IN FULL EFFECT!!!

  • ab4sure

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    Bynum’s numbers the first 29 games last yr. were although low 8 pts. and 6 rebs. he only played 18 minutes a game. If he doubled the minutes like he is almost doing now he would have had in 36 minutes.. 16/12.. not bad. So the beginning of last year he wasn’t exactly non existent… he did lose productivity toward the end of the year.

  • SILO

    Nothing will be done immediately to help with the absence of Bynum. The Laker will mostly likely play it out and see how the team plays. The Phoenix game will be very important to see how they face up against the top teams without Bynum.

    Im sure that the FO is looking for some options just in case the lakers fall pretty far without Bynum. Either some trades or a even a free agent signing to help the team. Webber of course is the obvious choice for free agents but if he comes here, he is looking at some major minuets. We really dont know if his body can take it. Even if he does come here, he doesnt really fill the need of double digit rebounding and a shot blocking presence.

    What wouldnt really surprise me if Larry Bird took this opportunity to trade JO to the Lakers. If things get really bad i wouldnt be surprised if JO came here. Though knowing Larry Bird, he will try to get the best of the deal.

    Everything still depends on the lakers play the next couple of weeks. With the suns, mavs, and spurs coming up we could either be getting what we expect or get a pleasant surprise.

  • lalball81

    Got some Odom haters here.

  • lalball81

    Did you guys see Odom play for Miami? He was an absolute beast for the Heat, driving for strong dunks and all around controlling the offense. That’s the type of play we need here in LA.


    Silo, I hope the Pacers lose 4 in a row(or double by trade deadline).Larry is a Cancer to the Lakers but even he knows handing JO to the NATION would one step towards that trophy.MAN,y’all just don’t know how fired up I get when think about JO in a Laker uniform.Bynum and J.Oneal spells CHAMPIONSHIP.Kwame will not help THE NATION WIN,they’ve tried that,didn’t IN FULL EFFECT!!!

  • LakersFirst

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    Yes, people do bash him because he gets paid so much ($13M this year, $14M next yaer), however, you really can’t fault the Lakers for that. Miami is the team that signed him to that big contract. The Lakers just received that contract when they traded away Shaq for Odom, Grant, Caron and the Miami #1 pick (I mean would Laker fans rather be in Miami’s position where they are paying Shaq $20M/year???).

    In all honesty, LO’s Laker fate will be decided after this season. If he plays exceptionally well, the Lakers will resign, albeit, it may not be the $13M/year he’s been getting (probably lower). If LO does not contribute this season in a major way, then look for the Lakers to shop him around this season as with the emergence of Bynum, LO is starting to become expendable (may need to find a REAL power forward). With LO entering the last year of his contract and $14M off the books after next season, LO will become a tradable asset after this season.

  • somelakerfan1

    uhh were gunna go to the long road trip without him better win half of those games come on lakers

  • derrick

    If we can stop seeing Odom as our #2 then I believe we can see is true value. Think of the #3 guys you know in the league. Odom isn’t too bad getting us 13 to 15 a night with 8 to 12 solid boards. Combine that with his good passing (and subtract his missed layups of course haha) and you have a good 3rd option.

    And he knows our offense, and I know this is subjective, but it “feels” like he is a good compliment to Kobe and Drew when he’s out there.

  • sako

    maybe the strong start was all too good to be true

  • T-Dub

    Odom is a good #3 option at about 6mil a year.

  • LakersFirst

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    What are you basing that $6M for #3 options on?

  • raphaelr

    Next Laker to get injured:

  • David

    Here’s the reason why most of us hate odom:

    He has all the potential in the world to be an all-star and will show his potential ala his performances against Phoenix in the playoffs a couple years ago. You then think to yourself “man, this guy is good…” Right when you get your hopes up, he lays an egg.

    The best word to describe Odom would be a tease. He teases us with his potential only to dissapear. As soon as we give up hope, he teases you again with an amazing performance! This has been going on for the 3 years he’s been here. Frankly I for one am sick of being teased and I think most of the nation is too.

  • thomas thomas

    bynum got injured so all the lakers need too do is go on without him, let it go and just figure out a way to play without bynum

    also to replace him get c-web

  • Nabil

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  • T-Dub

    Lakersfirst…13 pts, 9 rebounds, 6 blown layups, shot blocked by a 6ft guard…LOL

  • hellbydante

    i remembered someone here jinxed us by saying that this is the time when the injuries start appearing -___-

  • T-Dub

    It would have been 7 to 8mil, have to deduct for bonehead plays…

  • David

    not good at all. without bynum, we’re a sub-.500 team.

  • hellbydante

    hope kobe can step up and shoulder most of the offensive load… phil should start ronny instead of kwame… i’m quite confident this team will pull through as long as fisher is playing the pg position… we still got farmar, critt and ariza.. all we need is the consistant play of odom and defensive presence from kwame + ronny at the 5… and luke not making boneheaded plays…. this is probably a true test for the lakers to show they r for real even without their star center.. GO LAKERS!!!

  • T-Dub

    So…this now is basically the same team we’ve had the last 2 yrs…Everyone says they’ve gotten better. Mitch was vendicated, its a different team…well, we’re about to see! I hope I’m wrong!

  • ab4sure

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    Mitch has been vindicated. Bynum as turned into a Beast. Draft pics have produced. Lakers are near the top of the West.

  • T-Dub

    Kupchak has done nothing! Fish fell into his lap, traded 2 bench players for one to cut cost. Traded an allstar for a bum. Bynum was a good pick at #10, but that was Jim Buss. Kupchak has done nothing! Make a meaningful trade or sign an allstar like the other gm’s.

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    Fu** trade kwame now…..

    I dont care for who…

    guy is pathetic…

    im disgusted

  • T-Dub

    thats who mitch took for our boy Caron!!!!!

  • ab4sure

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    most Now recognized the good job Mitch has done. The smart ones. I guess there will always be a few holdouts.

  • Edward

    NUMBER 1 IN THE WEST!!!! Congrats Lakers, you guys did it, and for the first time in a long time we are number 1 in the West again, we pulled through barely without Bynum tonight and we have a tough schedule ahead without him. His presence will be missed, but thus far he helped us obtain this first position, let hope he can come back soon and help us maintain this dominance.

  • T-Dub

    Ab4sure…as you saw tonight, this is the same team that ended last season…Kobe giong for 40-50pts just to be a 40+ win team…Get the man some real help before he kills himself out there.

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    That doesn’t answer the question idiot. What other players are you comparing LO’s market value to if he’s only a $6M a year player? You stated LO averages 13 pts and 9 boards (almost a double double), what other players do this and what do they get paid? I’m trying to make you think for once (something that you don’t seem to do).

  • LakersFirst

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    You seem to forget he drafted Turiaf, Farmar, Critt, Walton. He acquired Radman (who BOTH PJ and KB wanted) and for some reason you’re not happy with the Ariza acquisition as you clearly downplayed it.

    I’m sorry you’re not happy with the fact that Mitch has assembled probably the most balanced team in the NBA. They have size, speed, accurate shooting, etc. With Bynum now coming of age, this Laker team is one that the rest of the NBA fears. You know the rest of the league is thanking God for Bynum’s injury, especially Phoenix.

    Then again, you have proven time and time again that you have no faith in the Lakers so you’re most recent comments don’t surprise me.

  • LakersFirst

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    He has help in Bynum (just like he Shaq before he chased him away). Too bad Bynum is injured. Kobe finally see’s it, why don’t you (oh i forgot you have no faith)?

  • Jack

    all right. all right guys, we will be alright. And the best thing I think is that when Bynum comes back he will pick up from where he left. His heeling time is actually not too long, but it’s the full rehab time that’s longer, which up to bynum if he works hard will definitely shorten. A championship caliber team should survive a few games without key players, it’s a test for us. I am sure other Lakers will step up. I hope we will only miss a few alloops and blocks but get a W. Mean time, lets watch Kobe get in 3rd gear again. He needs to have a showtime to get that mvp. let us all pray for bynum. we need him.

  • hZm

    Now will he be back in 8 weeks or is that 8 weeks then rehab?

  • T-Dub

    Hey numbnuts…Lakersfirst…None of those guys…Turiaf, Farmar, Critt, Walton, would even get a sniff at a starting spot on any of the 16 playoff teams last year…Discouraging! Again, Mitch has done nothing!

  • Drewbie04

    T-Dub KNOWS NOTHING!!!!!!!! He is so ignorant to the truth.

  • ab4sure

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    Kobe doesn’t need any help. Kobe said last night “we have a championship caliber team”. Any championship caliber team can withstand injuries to one player. As long as kobe plays without the ball and much as he plays with the ball the lakers will be alright. Kobe likes his team. Why don’t you???

  • LakersFirst

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    T-Dub (or T-LackofFaith as I have named him) claims to be a Laker fan (since the 80’s no less) but from all of his rants he doesn’t like our Laker team. He’s not a true Laker fan. He shouldn’t be on this site. He can’t support the team. All he does is complain about the Lakers and their players.

  • 187 ON BOSTON


  • LakersFirst

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    Hey dumbsh*t – Is that why this year they’ve helped the Lakers achieve the #1 position in the west.

    Please don’t call yourself a Laker fan anymore. You clearly don’t like the Lakers so please leave the site.

  • T-Dub

    Lakersfirst and ab4sure…you are the two guys that keep going at with me and defending Kupchak for this team he put together…I’m a Lakerfan for life, still rooted for them in the mid 90’s when they where losing…but I’m a realist. Since Jerry West left, the talent on this has gone down hill…period! You have Kobe, Bynum, and everybody else. You can defend Mitch all you want. 1st place at this stage of the season means nothing…give it a month! If Mitch had made better moves, even with Bynum going down, we wouldn’t be worrying. Until they show something different than they showed last night, this is a 40+ win team as you will see and you wont have a leg to stand on. I am a Laker fan, just not a Kupchak fan.

  • ab4sure

    T-Dub, First, Don’t go TO here. Defending Kupchak is pretty easy. What you need to do is seperate your hatred for Kupchak for what he has done with this team. Again, i say Kobe has admitted Kupchak was right and said this is a Championship Caliber team… When will YOu??????

  • LakersFirst

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    He won’t because he’s not a Laker fan. He’s convinced me and quite a few others on this site. A true Laker fan will support the Lakers even if they went 0-82, but not him.

  • Drewbie04

    T-Dub is an Idiot. Plain and Simple. No beating around the bush.

  • T-Dub


  • ab4sure

    T-Dub, Do you agree with Kobe that this is a Championship Caliber team???

  • T-Dub

    NO! he’is just trying to say the right things to keep up everyones spirits. Just as I said before Bynum went down…they haven’t done nothing yet. The Lakers were 9-8 before they went on this 17-3 run. Lets see…who have they beaten…11 teams have losing records, Spurs at Staples with no Duncan or Parker and barely won, Worriors at Staples, so what another 7/8 seed, Jazz at Staples, barely over .500, Nuggets who never do anything, Hornets who are unproven. Even when the beat the Pistons at Staples, Billups didn’t play. Their only meaningful wins of the year against true championship caliber team are the Suns, who are 1-7 against all the top western conference teams. They had a nice run against losing teams and luck with injuries against the big boys. They have done nothing and still need that one player that your boy Kupchak can’t seem to get.

  • T-Dub

    I really hope they prove me wrong. I will be glad to eat my words!

  • ab4sure

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    I find it hard to believe he is trying to keep spirits up… he has been very cautious about saying this team is a contender…quotes like “taking it game to game” … “work hard every day” if he didn’t believe it he wouldn’t say it.. maybe just hard for you to believe.

    Every team has played teams with losing records… the lakers have had the toughest schedule of most… tougher than the suns, mavs, spurs and others…

    Just be thankful that Kupchak didn’t “ship out” Bynum the player your boy wanted his ass out..

  • T-Dub

    yes, I am thankful for that.

  • Joe

    We are Fucked.

  • carlo

    Get well soon andrew bynum

  • Jack

    hey laker lovers, have you seen the Feb schedule for Lakers? it’s

    @ Toronto 4:00pm KCAL HD ,
    Tue 05 @ New Jersey 4:30pm KCAL HD NBATVHIGH
    Wed 06 @ Atlanta 4:00pm KCAL HD KLAC, KWKW
    Fri 08 @ Orlando 4:00pm KCAL HD KLAC, KWKW
    Sun 10 @ Miami 12:30pm KLAC, KWKW
    Mon 11 @ Charlotte 4:00pm KCAL HD KLAC, KWKW
    Wed 13 @ Minnesota 5:00pm KCAL HD KLAC, KWKW
    Tue 19 vs Atlanta 7:30pm FSN HD , SCORE KLAC, KWKW
    Wed 20 @ Phoenix 6:00pm KCAL HD KLAC, KWKW
    Sat 23 @ LA Clippers 7:30pm KCAL HD NBATVHIGHDEF, R
    Sun 24 @ Seattle 6:00pm KCAL HD KLAC, KWKW
    Tue 26 vs Portland 7:30pm FSN HD KLAC, KWKW
    Thu 28 vs Miami 7:30pm RTV, KLAC, KWKW
    Fri 29 @ Portland

    its 15 games, and looks like it’s a comparitively easy schedule without bynum. well, of course we need 50 from Kobe to survive rest of Jan. Hopefully, Bynum comes back early March. Get well soon AB.

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    im feelin optimistic now

  • kb24mvp

    i feel we will be fine especialy if we get webber

  • cfresh

    i think bynum shud but some ice on it and play.

  • lakersfan17

    I miss Bynum already, get well soon!!!

  • Sako

    8 weeks my dik, it’s been more than 12 weeks