Bynum’s Return Delayed Again?

Lakers’ center Andrew Bynum has been an instrumental part in their back to back NBA championships. However, due to surgery on a troublesome knee last off-season he hasn’t played a single minute thus far in 2010-2011. After finally settling on a date for his potential comeback, December 13, it appears as if he has found another excuse to delay his return.

June 16, 2010 - Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - epa02205931 Los Angeles Lakers player Andrew Bynum answers questions from the media after practice on the off day before game seven of the NBA Finals at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA 16 June 2010. The series is tied 3-3 for the best of seven games.


The story goes that after a scheduled practice in New York City on Saturday afternoon was cancelled, Bynum wasn’t feeling confident in declaring himself eligible for Tuesday night. Bynum stated that he wanted to wait and see how he felt after several practices, and since practice was cancelled he is still unable to know for sure.

Lakers’ head coach Phil Jackson isn’t putting any added pressure on Bynum’s return, stating that he’ll make it back sometime this week or early next week.

This is just the latest chapter in the long saga of Andrew Bynum’s injury concerns. It’s not the injuries themselves that have been the biggest concerns with the coaches and fans, it’s the rehabilitation time that Bynum eats up. This is the fourth injury in as many years that has required Bynum to take an extended period of time off, at least more time than most experts predict.

So then what is the problem? Is Bynum’s body just brutally frail? Does it just take longer for him to heal from these injuries? Possibly. But there is still the concern that perhaps Bynum isn’t doing all that is necessary to make sure he’s back on the floor as quickly as possible.

Whether this is a legitimate concern or not is yet to be seen, but until Bynum is able to prove that he can stay on the floor – or come back quickly if he sustains another injury – the questions will continue to swirl.

You May Also Like

Byron Scott On Nick Young: ‘He Didn’t Play Well Period’

The Los Angeles Lakers were flying high heading into their Christmas Day…

Lakers vs. Thunder Watch Party at ESPN Zone L.A. Live Benefitting the Lakers Youth Foundation

The Los Angeles Lakers have hit a rough patch as of late…

Robert Horry: Stephen Curry More Dangerous Than Kobe Bryant In His Prime

During the 2005-06 NBA season, Kobe Bryant was a man possessed. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar was destroying the competition on a nightly basis as one of the most unstoppable offensive forces in the NBA…

Lakers News: Food & Drink Menu At Coronado Springs Resort

Now that teams have begun arriving in Orlando for the NBA season restart, exactly what players will be subjected…