UPDATE: D.J. Mbenga, bruised rib, listed as day-to-day

    According to the Lakers.com Basketblog….

    UPDATE: DJ had a CT scan and was diagnosed with bruised ribs. He is officially being listed as Day-to-Day.

    After practice broke on Monday a group of eight Lakers held back to play a 4-on-4 game while the other players attended to the assembled media.

    Center DJ Mbenga got caught up with some of the other participants and ended up on the floor with a look of agony on his face as teammates and team medical personnel gathered around.

    From how DJ was holding his side it looks like something in the rib area, but nothing official has been released.


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    • ab17

      bynum needs to rush back!!!!

    • Anonymous.

      ab17 you’re an ass. someone gets injured and thats all u can say.

      Hope he gets better, we’ll need his inside presence if Gasol/Turiaf gets in foul trouble.

    • kb24isback

      we just arent lucky

    • Phant0M

      ^^^^^^

      Hope DJ is fine.
      but dudes a BEAST he’ll be OK.

      GO L.A.!

    • DCLAKER

      DJ’s a fighter,he’ll be back SOON!

    • LAL

      Yeah DJ is fine he went to the hospital, but he said hes fine, IRA knee’d him in the chest thats what they said on 570

    • kb24isback

      hope sp

    • kb24isback

      so** lol

    • varsityoptimism

      oh crap! there go the championship dreams…back to the drawing board…wait till next season! insert generic phrase of season ending encouragement here.

    • RD

      DACOS!

    • west213

      lol he stepped on Sasha’s leg!!!!!look

    • Lakers 24 7

      Yea, they said Newble knee’d him in the ribs on AM570

    • drake hunter

      Gary Vitti has got to be the worst trainer in the league, the guy is so Hollywood now that he can’t even get players healthy anymore. What the F is holding up Bynum?????

    • Tim

      ima Mbenga fan but whats the point if hes not gonna get PT in the playoffs anyway? i hope hes fine though

    • Lakers 24 7

      [Comment ID #33502 Will Be Quoted Here]

      The trainer does his job bro, some guys take longer to heel, Bynum is on his way back, it’s not Vitti’s fault Bynum still has some pain

    • nyla

      As long as he can give us his 6 fouls when we need them we’re good

    • nyla

      As long as he can give us his 6 fouls when we need them we’re good.

    • iLakers

      [Comment ID #33512 Will Be Quoted Here]

      I think Bynum is faking his pain…it hurts that bad that he cant step on the court?…cmon! he didn’t even have surgery.

      Kobe is playing with a F-ed up finger ON his shooting hand and he he’s STILL out there…played ALL 82 games plus 1 playoff game.

      Is Vitti even treating Bynum anymore or does Andrew have his own doctors? Cuz i bet if Vitti was treating him he’d tell that young cat to walk it off…hahaha.

      If this sounds like im talking smack, im just frustrated that neither Ariza nor Bynum are back and yet we seem to still have this injury monkey on our back.

    • BringDFishBack

      ESPN said he had to be taken to the hospital. Hopefully he gets better soon, he is day-to-day. Hate to see injuries to guys who just work hard.

    • lakers4life

      how do u knee someone in the chest? were they going down for a loose ball?

    • Tim

      lakers4life you just watch bball, not play it right? i hope so cause thats a pretty bad question

      nyla, Mbenga can do much more than give 6 fouls

    • mikedeezy2k8

      [Comment ID #33502 Will Be Quoted Here]

      yes cuz gary vitti is responsible for players getting hurt on the court…

    • sean

      dude they projected bynum for 8 weeks its been 3 months and the sounds of it he needs another month. gary vitti is not doing a good job. the phoenix training staff are doing a good job look at fat a$$ shaq and how healthy he is. come on jerry buss hire better trainers !

    • MILO

      just when you tought it was safe to think about a possible championship what the hell is holding Bynum back so long i tought 2 months @ most and it’s been 4 wtf wtf wtf!!!

    • dub824

      its okay.. we still got chris “this is why im hot” mihm

    • king.manu

      UPDATE: DJ had a CT scan and was diagnosed with bruised ribs. He is officially being listed as Day-to-Day.

    • ab4sure

      [Comment ID #33502 Will Be Quoted Here]

      Very Ignorant comment.

    • xtro

      Dj “Tacos” Mbenga is alright. Dude’s a warrior.

    • http://lakers.com lakers101

      as soon as i thought we are getting healthy another player gets hurt

      dam we are cursed!!

    • lakers4life

      [Comment ID #33524 Will Be Quoted Here]

      rofl r u serious?
      dude ur like 12 years old

    • xtro

      Mbenga escaped execution in his native Congo. A bruised rib will not prevent him from playing in the playoffs.

    • mmfdjfjfg

      Mbenga is a true competator……….Lakers are taking thr championchip this year, and kobe will win MVP……hooyeah!!!!!!!

    • drake hunter

      ab4sure
      Apr 22nd, 2008 at 8:25 am
      drake hunter on April 21, 2008 at 7:47 pm said:

      Gary Vitti has got to be the worst trainer in the league, the guy is so Hollywood now that he can’t even get players healthy anymore. What the F is holding up Bynum?????

      Very Ignorant comment.

      What Can I say, I’m an Ignorant Arrogant Person but your still a HOMO!!!!

    • drake hunter

      mikedeezy2k8
      Apr 21st, 2008 at 11:04 pm
      drake hunter on April 21, 2008 at 7:47 pm said:

      Gary Vitti has got to be the worst trainer in the league, the guy is so Hollywood now that he can’t even get players healthy anymore. What the F is holding up Bynum?????

      yes cuz gary vitti is responsible for players getting hurt on the court…

      Hey Deezy, try reading the comment before replying back with something that makes no sense. I never said he made the players hurt, I said he can’t do his job and get them back healthy in time. Thats it you officially joined ab4sure on my ULTIMATE HATER LIST!!

    • drake hunter

      Lakers 24 7
      Apr 21st, 2008 at 9:20 pm
      drake hunter on April 21, 2008 at 7:47 pm said:

      Gary Vitti has got to be the worst trainer in the league, the guy is so Hollywood now that he can’t even get players healthy anymore. What the F is holding up Bynum?????

      The trainer does his job bro, some guys take longer to heel, Bynum is on his way back, it’s not Vitti’s fault Bynum still has some pain

      First off, I’m not your bro SON! Second, Bynum is only 20 years old, the guys is still a freakin kid. You mean to tell me it takes a kid longer to heal than lets say a 30 year player like Dirk Nowitzki!!! Come on…Come on….shut him down for the rest of the year or bring him back. Either way stop talking about and start talking about the Lakers because thats what matters most!!!!Another one to add to my ULTIMATE HATER LIST!!!! AB4SURE you now have company!

    • ab4sure

      [Comment ID #33640 Will Be Quoted Here]

      He was being sarcastic at your ignorant comment. You are not only ignorant about gary vitti the trainer but your ignorant about understanding a simple comment. LOL

    • drake hunter

      ab4sure
      Apr 22nd, 2008 at 7:55 pm
      drake hunter on April 22, 2008 at 7:46 pm said:

      mikedeezy2k8
      Apr 21st, 2008 at 11:04 pm
      drake hunter on April 21, 2008 at 7:47 pm said:

      Gary Vitti has got to be the worst trainer in the league, the guy is so Hollywood now that he can’t even get players healthy anymore. What the F is holding up Bynum?????

      yes cuz gary vitti is responsible for players getting hurt on the court…

      Hey Deezy, try reading the comment before replying back with something that makes no sense. I never said he made the players hurt, I said he can’t do his job and get them back healthy in time. Thats it you officially joined ab4sure on my ULTIMATE HATER LIST!!

      He was being sarcastic at your ignorant comment. You are not only ignorant about gary vitti the trainer but your ignorant about understanding a simple comment. LOL

      I prefer that when you call me Ignorant that you also add Arrogant to that. For future reference, Thank you come again!

    • ab4sure

      [Comment ID #33647 Will Be Quoted Here]

      You’re just ignorant. You are not Arrogant. You don’t have the intelligence to claim any arrogance.

    • drake hunter

      ab4sure
      Apr 22nd, 2008 at 8:51 pm
      drake hunter on April 22, 2008 at 8:08 pm said:

      ab4sure
      Apr 22nd, 2008 at 7:55 pm
      drake hunter on April 22, 2008 at 7:46 pm said:

      mikedeezy2k8
      Apr 21st, 2008 at 11:04 pm
      drake hunter on April 21, 2008 at 7:47 pm said:

      Gary Vitti has got to be the worst trainer in the league, the guy is so Hollywood now that he can’t even get players healthy anymore. What the F is holding up Bynum?????

      yes cuz gary vitti is responsible for players getting hurt on the court…

      Hey Deezy, try reading the comment before replying back with something that makes no sense. I never said he made the players hurt, I said he can’t do his job and get them back healthy in time. Thats it you officially joined ab4sure on my ULTIMATE HATER LIST!!

      He was being sarcastic at your ignorant comment. You are not only ignorant about gary vitti the trainer but your ignorant about understanding a simple comment. LOL

      I prefer that when you call me Ignorant that you also add Arrogant to that. For future reference, Thank you come again!

      You’re just ignorant. You are not Arrogant. You don’t have the intelligence to claim any arrogance.

      STICKS AND STONES WILL BREAK MY BONES BUT NAMES WILL NEVER HURT ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You know AB4SURE, this site wouldn’t be the same without you and all your corn!!!

    • west213

      [Comment ID #33551 Will Be Quoted Here]

      for the first time ab4sure’s right.

    • ab4sure

      [Comment ID #33655 Will Be Quoted Here]

      Drake I wasn’t calling you names. Just stating facts. The word ignorant means u just don’t know. And u just don’t know about alot of things.

      West, I wouldn’t say you were right just once. I would say you are right about 10% of the time. Not bad for you.

    • drake hunter

      ab4sure
      Apr 22nd, 2008 at 10:37 pm
      west213 on April 22, 2008 at 10:13 pm said:

      ab4sure on April 22, 2008 at 8:25 am said:

      drake hunter on April 21, 2008 at 7:47 pm said:

      Gary Vitti has got to be the worst trainer in the league, the guy is so Hollywood now that he can’t even get players healthy anymore. What the F is holding up Bynum?????

      Very Ignorant comment.

      for the first time ab4sure’s right.

      Drake I wasn’t calling you names. Just stating facts. The word ignorant means u just don’t know. And u just don’t know about alot of things.

      West, I wouldn’t say you were right just once. I would say you are right about 10% of the time. Not bad for you.

      AB4SURE, I am whatever you say I am, if I wasn’t then why would I say I am! Your opinion about what you think I know or don’t know means absolutely nothing because no one on this website (Especially mE) cares what you think. At least u know that I know that u know I know your a HOMO!!!!!

      I can sit here and say the logic, **yawning**… yeah Bynum is a slow healer and the Lakers are being very cautious about his injury and don’t want to rush him back until he’s 100% healthy and Gary Vitti is trying his best to get his starting center back to full strength but unfortunately thats not what I think so you can go Pin A Rose on Your Nose! I don’t wanna hear anymore phony bologne talk about Bynum unless it’s about him officially coming back! The Lakers don’t need any distractions right now about their starting center. I say shut him down for the year and concentrate on winning it all with Kobe, Gasol, and Company! No matter what you say AB4SURE, even if it is remotely anything close to something I would even agree with, I have no respect for you to even let you know that unlike west213 who now sounds like he wants to share a broke back mountain moment with you!!!!!..LOL – The Hunter, Drake Hunter, signing off now, the doors closed, lights are out, eggs are cool, butters getting hard, and the jellos jigglin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ab4sure

      Drake, you also probably believe the world is flat. You continually put your foot in your mouth that I no longer really have to respond. Your own words make you look foolish, but what is really sad is you can’t see it.

    • drake hunter

      ab4sure
      Apr 22nd, 2008 at 11:50 pm
      Drake, you also probably believe the world is flat. You continually put your foot in your mouth that I no longer really have to respond. Your own words make you look foolish, but what is really sad is you can’t see it.

      Stop making excuses about my comments because you know they are so clever and whitty that it makes you speechless and you don’t know what to say back because your just in AWWWW!!!!

    • ab4sure

      Your own words make you look foolish… you said..

      Gary Vitti has got to be the worst trainer in the league, the guy is so Hollywood now that he can’t even get players healthy anymore.

      That is a stupid idiot comment… awwwww …. your so foolish.. do i have to go back to your old comments when u were crying and begging mitch to trade Bynum for JO??? Do u still want to do that???