LOS ANGELES (AP) -Lakers center Andrew Bynum was helped off the court with a sprained left knee early in the third quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The 20-year-old Bynum, a key factor in the Lakers’ excellent start this season, came down on teammate Lamar Odom’s left foot while going for a rebound under the Memphis basket and dropped to the floor in obvious pain, clutching his knee.

Lakers spokesman John Black said X-rays of Bynum’s knee were negative, but an MRI would be taken Monday and Bynum wouldn’t travel to Seattle for that night’s game against the SuperSonics.”

UPDATE – Andrew Bynum on AM570 after the game:

Recap from ClubLakers: hurts on the knee cap mainly
no pops heard at all, hurts when he bends thats all
never injured this knee
he can put weight on it and move it and walk
it is feeling far better
they iced it and starting feeling better immediately.
isn’t extremely concerned about the injury.
can move it side-2-side

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    Everyone pray…..

    please only a minor thing..


  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM


  • http://www.modenadude.com/ThaDogg Imadogg

    I almost cried…

    X-Rays negative, will have an MRI

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    hopefully, damn can we get a healthy season, i hope the lakers dont go down by this…

  • http://www.myspace.com/dbricks DBricks

    I just dont see a major ACL tear, it wasnt that severe of a collision and there wasnt any buckle…Hopefully its a severe sprain. But, the knee is crucial its not that much of running and going up and down but sliding for defense and changing direction is where your knee has to be 100% or u’ll get blown by.

  • BringDFishBack

    DBricks – it has nothing to do with collision or buckle, it’s twisting/bending your knee in a weird way, and he definately bent it to the side.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dbricks DBricks

    I just will be suprised if its an ACL, ive seen alot of them and there usually a little more evident then that awkward landing.

  • RD

    damn that lamar odom! damn him to hell! if only we traded him sooner!

  • BringDFishBack

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    It’s hard to tell if he even did come down on Lamar or just landed akwardly.

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    Dont blame this on lamar geez…

    hopefulls bynums ok

    tear tear

  • David

    Guys I got good news sort of. I looked at the injury and I noticed that the injury is on the outside of the Knee which would mean MCL. A grade III MCL injury is 6 weeks or longer and that’s the worst case. Hopefully it is only a grade II or less. Either way since Bynum is only 20 years old the knee will recover much faster. Let’s pray for the best.

  • jonathan

    oh come on! hope he is fine…RD, your an idiot for your reasoning…

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    kwame hit ONE



  • RD

    wheeeeew. lakers BARLEY survive and kwame was driving me crazy! missing the crucial layup got me so furious. the stupid foul near the end of the game got me furious. but then he made up for it on the free throw and block and i was happier than happy. kwames play = rollercoaster ride. downs and ups, but mostly downs.

  • Killo15

    please please please god! dont let it be serious. shows how much we need bynum. i hate when you step on someones foot and tweak your something…it happened to me last week. but it was just my ankle not my knee. wasn’t serious… but hopefully its the same for bynum.

  • Lakers 24 7

    This sucks man. I don’t know, it didn’t seem like much of a twist and turn, but he looked like he was in a lot of pain, the thing that sucks is that we got Phoenix, Dallas, and San Antonio coming up

  • http://lakers.com k0be da 1 andonly

    My brother sprained his knee on THur. and he’s a hell of alot better now so lets hope its something similar……….please god dont let this season get away from us

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  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    omg he seems fine

    I love you god.

  • Lakerzzz

    We ARE LIKE CURSED OR SOMETHING WHEN WE DO GOOD, ONCE AGAIN! THANK YOU INJURIES AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Damn why did we sign mihm back after a year of nothing, and another year of nothing we need another lanky big, but that’s not gonna happen. And now Kobe has to go on crazy until all star break ohhhhhhhhhhh dang BYNUM JUST SAID IT ISNT THAT BAD AND SAID IT DOESNT HURT THAT MUCH WHOA THAT IS MUCH RELIEF!

  • T-Dub

    let’s see if Lamar can step up when his team needs him most! Get Artest NOW, whatever it takes, we’ll be ok.

  • Lakers 24 7

    Oh thank god that he seems to be feeling better, he can walk and put pressure on it, hopefully hell be gone for just a few games or hopefully hell come back for the Suns game and whoop some Phoenix ass

  • Lakerson24

    Guys, let keep our heads up, if the injury is not season ending we should be fine. Kobe will give us another month of 40tps + games….If what we hearing from am570 is right it’s not that bad maybe 2months max…Let’s pray he’s bad soon. I hope Kwaaameeeee Brown pick-up his game in the time beeing.

  • ab17

    WOW thats a big blow

    and watta ya know it happens around the same time they started falling apart last season..

  • Michael_23

    Just because the Laker’s record is almost identical to last season at this time, doesn’t mean they should be getting injuries too either. We don’t want history repeating itself …

    … This is totally unfair. Being young does have its advantages right? Hopefully he’ll heal fast.

    Lakers got lucky tonight.

  • gugy


    The Lakers need break. Can this guys stay healthy the whole season. My goodness.

    I hope Bynum will be out for no more than 2 weeks and come back stronger than ever.

  • Steve

    The scary part is that sometimes when people do serious ligament damage, you can’t really see how they hurt it. I remember the Lakers pre-season game against the Bobcats, Adam Morrison did what looked like nothing to his knee, and he was out the whole year. This post game radio report is definately a good sign though. Maybe it was just a scare.

    If we are truly embarking on elit status in this league though, then we should still be able to play above .500 basketball withough Andrew. Bottom line. It’s still a team game. Kwame is a solid defender, and team basketball is the most important thing on offense. If we continue to push the ball, move the ball, and have other guys step up…we’ll be OK.

  • DingleBerry

    whatever, we win at seattle we are in 1st place. who would have thunkd it?????

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    Then we face.
    San Antonio, Phoenix, Dallas, and Denver….

    Posssibly without Bynum..
    Come on..

  • Lakers

    I hope Bynum can come back tomorrow

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    he wont be in Seattle.
    for sure

  • keep24

    It was exactly a year ago this time when we were 26-13 and the injury bug got the better of us.

    I hope AB is okay and will be back soon, cause I cant stand watching Kwame Brown destroy this team.

    If that dead weight Vlad Rad steps up, Kwame stays out of all offensive sequences and Lamar steps up, we should be fine. But w/o AB we’re not going to be the same team!

    KB to the rescue, as always !!!!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/jammastaj59 Jsahmad

    I am almost 100% sure it is only a MCL sprain… because of the angle his knee was tweaked.. and the ACL really couldn’t have been injured that way. Thats the best we can hope for a MCL sprain.. only out 2 weeks or so..

    worst case scenario partial MCL tear and will be out for 2-3 months.

    But because there was no POP i highly doubt it was a full tear of anything.

    thats just my analysis.

  • ricky

    lakers got a lucky win tonight with the winning free throw coming from kwame…whew!

    i think the injury to bynum was a shocking one, but i think that he can heal quickly and it wont be too big of a problem. he’s young so he should be okay, he is a very strong guy so im not that worried.

    lets go lakers! everything will be alright. stay positive fans and everything will be just fine. =]

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    Sounds accurate


  • lakerfanJapan

    Hopefully what they’re saying about Bynum is correct and he will recover within a week or 2, would love to see him body amare on friday but his longterm health and coming back 100% is the most important thing though, if we take care of seattle and come out with a 500 record the rest of the month i can really see us grabbing a top 4 seed in the western conference!

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

    Not to sound like a broken record but this “just shows how important Bynum is to this Laker team”. A center is so hard to replace (it’s the hardest position to replace). Guards and Forwards can go down but they can usually be filled pretty quickly. Centers on the other hand is a completely different beast to replace because a good center is your interior offense and defense (the position is scoring, high percentage shots, rebounding and blocks).

    Any team who loses a center loses critical component of their team. If Yao goes down in Houston, they are f’d. If Howard goes down in Orlando, they are f’d. The same with Duncan, Garnett, Bosh, etc – those guys go down, their respective teams are screwed.

    Hopefully it’s nothing too serious. The MRI will explain more tomorrow.

  • lakerfanJapan

    This Injury to Bynum makes me realise just how special of a player Kobe is. Don’t get me wrong i always considerd him to be the best player in the league, but for the past few years the lakers have played without an inside presence and still made the playoffs in the west. I think kobe will do whatever he has to do with bynum out of the side for a while to keep us rolling along, hopefully though when andrew comes back we can re-establish the rythum that has made us so deadly this season.

  • kaynam24

    get better andrew

  • Lakers

    wtf do the MRI today

  • David

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    Well said. The Spurs actually played pretty good without duncan though. They went 4-2 and beat Dallas and Utah. The Lakers go from a top 3 team to an 8 seed. Look for Kobe to average 30+ over the next few weeks. I think he’ll go off for 40 tomorrow.

  • http://myspace.com/gu3szwhoo gu3szwhoo

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    hopefully its a minor sprain not severe:\

  • Flush Odumb

    Well let’s see how much the otherguys step up. Lame-ar, Walton, Quame got to get their act together.

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  • http://getgarnett Che

    Guys bynum is walking in his own power, and he is the only person that really knows how serious is and he says he feel all right,though an MRI would clear situations and he says that the injury is serious at all so i predict about 2-3 games he will miss.

  • Michael_23

    Monday morning 9:13 am. Still waiting on MRI results! …

    (praying for good results)

  • I love being a laker fan

    Waiting anxiously for the result…please, oh please, I hope its nothing serious!


    This is the reason they should’ve got JO or Artest(I heard Joakim Noah not happy with Bulls).Now BYNUM’S HURT(this is where just jump in front of the bus)and Kwame will more than likely start.If they would’ve traded or if these lazy GM’s(except Mitch)would relishing in the ol’days and think for RIGHT NOW the Lakers would be straight but everything Mitch has done in the off season got turned down,even Kobe said he appreciated what they tried to do but……..DAMN THAT MCHALE AND BIRD.JO WANTS TO BE A LAKER AND BIRD IS ONLY HOLDING HIM TO MENTOR PURPOSES NOT TRYING TO BUILD AROUND JO TO WIN A RING,ESPECIALLY AFTER REGGIE.DO THE RIGHT THING LARRY AND DO LIKE THAT NEW WEBSITE “GIVEUPJO.COM”.

  • kk

    bynum has been declared to play vs suns DONT WORRY HE WILL BE OUT ONLY FOR 1 GAME.

  • LakersFirst

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    God I hope you’re just trying to be funny because your comment is dumb. Both were jumping after the rebound, and Bynum didn’t land with both feet flat (it happens all the time in the NBA). If he would’ve landed on Kobe’s foot, would you have blamed Kobe as well??

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    Well Put^.


    Get better REAL QUICK AB.I’ll cry like T.O. until you come back.

  • the Lakers Reality

    opposing teams purposely hurt players watch!!!!

  • Jed17

    Just announced on AM570

    Bymum out for 8 weeks…but no surgery required.

  • Michael_23

    8 weeks. Oh man …

    Drew, you will definitely be missed.

    Prove doctors wrong with your youth, and be back in 5 weeks = )

  • Jed17

    More details:

    He seperated his kneecap but no tears…they say he needs about 8wks of rehab…but no surgery. I think this is actually good news because rehab all depends on the person, so since Bynum is young…it may be less than 8 wks…

  • MILO

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    yes but he landed awkwordly to avoid coming down on him… i agree with RD Lamar is a fu-ck-en walking calamity

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    Oh God!! What you have felt this way if he landed on Kobe?