A couple days after having fluid removed from his knee, Andrew Bynum spoke to reporters about his repaired knee. Turns out it wasn’t so repaired after all. (ESPN Los Angeles)
Andrew Bynum spoke to reporters after practice Tuesday while wearing his complete Lakers home uniform for promo spots for the Finals. But his outlook a day after having 2½ fluid ounces drained from his right knee Monday, or “a couple syringes worth” as the Los Angeles starting center put it, wasn’t quite as bright as his crisp yellow jersey.
“It feels about the same, to be honest,” Bynum said about his right knee that has a slight tear of the meniscus that will require surgery to repair it in the offseason. “The procedure was good. I think I just need to fight through it until we get the surgery done. This is the last hurrah; this is the last show, so I’m ready to give everything.”
Bynum said the procedure has alleviated pressure from his hamstring tendon and his iliotibial band, the muscles that run along the outer portion of the leg.
“We’re concerned but we’re not troubled by it,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.
Bynum still hasn’t returned to practice, so I guess these quotes were generated based on his pain level when simply walking around. If he’s feeling that poorly before practice, I can’t imagine practice will heal anything.
(P.S. If Bynum has to sit during the Finals it means either D.J. Mbenga or Josh Powell will become the first big man off the bench. You don’t need to have a diploma from Harvard to figure out the effects of that. Even Rasheed Wallace, even on his worst day, is better than that embarrassing tandem. I ask you readers just one favor: Don’t tell Mbenga I spoke poorly of him, unless you want a seven feet tall, 255-lb. athlete with a black belt on my ass.)