I think I’m going to take all the credit for Andrew Bynum’s injury taking a turn for the worse. After all, I wrote a piece saying he was tough and then he instantly became the Bynum we all know and love — the one who sits on the bench grimacing in pain while his teammates fall to the Boston Celtics. I’ll even take credit for Bynum getting his knee drained after yesterday night’s game, for the second time in as many weeks. (LA Times)
Bynum, the Lakers’ center, had fluid drained from his knee Thursday night, The Times has learned, the second time in as many weeks he has had the procedure done. He also had an MRI exam Friday in Boston that showed no further damage than the torn cartilage he sustained six weeks ago. [...]
So much is centered on Odom because he might move from the periphery to the innermost circle if Bynum is unable to give much in Game 5.
“I haven’t got any expectations,” said Jackson, though it sounded like Bynum would again try to play.
“Even with him dragging the leg around a little bit … Andrew still has the length and the strength to capture rebounds that we need,” Jackson said. “So we’ll use him if he’s available and able, but we’re certainly not going to put him in a situation that’s either going to hurt himself or the team.”
Maybe I shouldn’t even be writing this post. If I have the power to jinx someone, as I undoubtedly did to Bynum, I’m probably just jinxing the Celtics right now right? But Bynum is a huge piece of everything the Lakers do, so I don’t mean to jinx his injury, not at all. I’m simply trying to keep him as injured as possible. It can’t be a jinx if I’m just fulfilling the obligation I have as a blogger to acknowledge the facts, right?
I hope not, because if he has 20 and 10 in Game 5 it’s on me.