According to the Lakers’ medical staff, the tear is asymptomatic, with Bynum being completely unaware of the tear. Unfortunately, the tear started as what was described as a “very small tear” which then turned into a “small tear.” As in, getting bigger.
That has to scare the daylights out of every Laker player, coach, and fan. Bynum has suffered multiple knee injuries over the past three years. And each time, his recovery has been slow, often slower than what is predicted every time. Bynum was a huge part of both the Lakers’ success in the regular season and their win over the Thunder.
Bynum is listed as questionable for Sunday’s Game 1 versus the Jazz, but says he will most likely try to play. For the Lakers, they’re facing a difficult situation. It’s clear the tear is increasing with the wear and tear he’s incurring, but they’ve honestly shut him down several times already, and they need him too badly in what is their best chance for a championship for the next few years, though they will remain contenders.
Phil Jackson will have to manage not only if to play Bynum, but how many minutes. Such a tricky situation for such a young guy.
With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.
The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.
And so the search goes on.
The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.
With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.
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