The results are in, and while they aren't pretty, they could have been much worse:
After MRI tests and an examination by team doctor Steve Lombardo of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Group earlier today, it has been determined that Lakers center Andrew Bynum suffered a subluxation of the patella and a bone bruise of his left knee in last night's game. Bynum is expected to be out a minimum of eight weeks. Bynum is expected to make a full recovery.If eight weeks sounds like a long time, well, it's because it is. But still, if he stays on schedule, he could return by the middle of March, which would give him a solid six weeks to get into a groove before the playoffs. But how will the Lakers fill Bynum's sizable void (13 ppg, 10 rpg, 2 bpg) in the meantime? Random, completely unsubstantiated prediction time: by signing Chris Webber.
Think about it. Webber just put it out there last night that he expects to return to the court soon, and while he couldn't possibly have known that Bynum would conveniently go down, he wouldn't be a horrible stopgap. He's an excellent passer and could be an excellent fit in the Triangle Offense. He obviously won't make up all the difference on the boards, but he's the best big man available without making a trade.
Plus, the Lakers have emerged as a legitimate title contender (they're just a half game out of the top seed in the West), which is most likely one of C-Webb's criteria for picking a team. Whether they'll remain one with Bynum on the sidelines remains to be seen, but they have at least some cushion in the standings and Webber probably believes he could keep them afloat.
Previously on FanHouse:
Bynum Hurt, LA Stops Breathing
C-Webb Says He'll Be Back in Two Weeks