Los Angeles Lakers "hopeful" Andrew Bynum plays in season opener


Thumbnail image for bynumblock.jpgAndrew Bynum is not expected to play a minute in the preseason for the Los Angeles Lakers — it’s Theo Ratliff time, baby!

What about when the Lakers open the season against the Houston Rockets Oct. 26? The Orange County Register’s Kevin Ding put that to the Lakers and…

“We’re hopeful that he’ll be ready for the start of the season,” Lakers spokesman John Black said Wednesday.


That’s a really vague word. One that does not inspire a lot of confidence when we’re talking about a player with a history of injuries and slow recovery times.

But Lakers — and the notoriously impatient Lakers fans — need to relax and be patient here. Chill out. Take your “prescription” to that “pharmacy co-op” that just popped up down the street if need be.

If you take one thing from Boston’s run to the NBA finals last season, take this — being healthy matters more than a couple of regular season wins. The Lakers will need a healthy Bynum to three-pete. Not last finals, hobbling Bynum, but an active, healthy one.

Better to make sure he is right, miss some regular season games if need be. Rest him more late in the season. Keep focused on the real prize, which has nothing to do wins in October or February.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.

Derrick Rose’s eye still swollen, will rejoin Bulls Monday

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Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.

Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.