NBA: Andrew Bynum could be out for two weeks
By Broderick Turner
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — An MRI exam Saturday confirmed that Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has a strained left Achilles’ tendon and not a tear.
That was the good news.
Bynum could be out almost two weeks while he recovers from the injury he suffered Friday night.
That was the not-so-good news.
The Lakers said Bynum will be re-evaluated in a week. But Bynum said he thought he would be examined again after the Lakers return home from an eight-day trip that will include five games beginning Wednesday and ending March 31.
Even though Bynum will miss at least six games, he was in high spirits after the Lakers practiced Saturday.
“Yeah, because I thought it would be worse,” Bynum said. “Then they told me today it’s not as bad.
“It definitely was a relief because we didn’t find any tears. You never want to have that. I just have a lot of pain in that area. . . . I think I’ll be all right, though. I should be good.”
Bynum had on a plastic walking boot and will continue to wear it while the injury heals.
“There’s a lot of pain with it,” Bynum said. “It just kind of takes a lot of pressure off.”
The Lakers play the Washington Wizards on Sunday and then leave Tuesday for the five-game trip that starts in San Antonio and ends in Atlanta a week later.
The Lakers’ next practice after that probably would be April 1 in Los Angeles.
Bynum said he would be re-evaluated “probably when I get back here. I’m not sure. I have no idea. However they want to work it.”
The Lakers’ first game back at Staples Center after their last major trip of the season is April 2 against the Utah Jazz.
Bynum was asked whether he would play then.
“I’m hoping,” he said. “But it just depends on how long it takes this pain to go away — the pain and the swelling.”
Bynum was injured early in the third quarter and left for the locker room with 10 minutes 9 seconds on the clock.
“It was kind of crazy. I was just running, too. It was something really weird,” Bynum said. “I just felt a lot of pain in my calf and my Achilles’.”
Bynum missed 46 games during the 2007-08 season with a partial dislocation of his left knee that required off-season surgery.
He missed 32 games last season because of a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
Bynum said he didn’t have the same fear with his latest injury that he had with the two knee injuries.
“I walked off so it wasn’t as bad,” Bynum said. “It’s better than being carried off.
“After it happened, I ran up the court once and down and then off. So it’s not as bad.
“I’m not frustrated. I just want to get back and play.”
Bynum said he will continue to take anti-inflammatory medication and treat his knee with ice and hot-and-cold treatment.
He missed two games earlier this season because of a bruised right hip and has been wearing a brace on his right knee.
“But those are feeling pretty good,” Bynum said. “My knees are fine. I’ve been getting treatment on them every day and the hip is feeling all right.”