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Andrew Bynum's Return Hits (Another) Delay

Apr 11, 2008 – 6:00 AM
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Matt Watson

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Andrew BynumWhen Andrew Bynum first went down, the Lakers were told that he'd be back in eight weeks. Umm, yeah ... just for the record, that was 13 weeks ago.

The Lakers adjusted their timetable in hopes of getting Bynum back just before the start of the playoffs, but those plans were dashed when he sought a second opinion from a specialist in New York, Dr. David Altcheck, who's also the medical director of the New York Mets. Unfortunately, Altcheck confirmed that Bynum simply isn't ready.

So where does this leave the Lakers? Altcheck and the Lakers are trying to put a positive spin on things by saying that Bynum's condition shouldn't be "seen as a setback in any way," but that's kind of hard to believe considering HOOPSWORLD is reporting that "the buzz in Los Angeles is that Bynum will miss at least one or even two rounds of the playoffs."

Granted, the Lakers' offense has been close to unstoppable even without Bynum, but he'd make things a lot easier should the Lakers have to go up against Shaq and the Suns. In fact, I'll go so far as to say he'll be the difference maker: if he's healthy, the Lakers can write their ticket to the NBA Finals; if not, don't be surprised by a second-round exit.
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