Andrew Bynum had finally woken up this season. He'd been exploding for points and rebounds and blocked shots lately, looking very much like the dominant player he was predicted to be. But tonight against the Grizzlies, in a rather meaningless late-January game, Bynum went down clutching his knee after a collision with Kobe Bryant.
You may remember this sequence from such films as "Last January In A Meaningless Game Against The Grizzlies" and "Lakers Fans' Worst Nightmare."
Good news is this does not look like it's as serious as the last go-around.
For starters, it was his right knee, not the left knee which sustained the kneecap dislocation last year and needed surgery. Second, the LA Times is reporting that x-rays were negative. An MRI is scheduled in New York tomorrow.
Perhaps the best news was that the preliminary diagnosis was a sprained knee, which wouldn't keep him out terribly long, even with Bynum's notoriously slow recovery time. That would be good news for basketball fans in general, as Bynum really had come on as a player worthy of the lofty praise bestowed on him.
More than likely, Bynum will be back shortly and the Lakers will be back to the dominance they've displayed this season.
If not, though, the Lakers will need to find a rebuilding Western Conference team to supply picks and a great foreign prospect, too, in exchange for an All-Star big man that can't dunk without hitting rim.
Wait ... that may not be a viable plan.
An interesting storyline to track will be whether or not Bynum has the Lakers doctors treat him or if he turns to "his" doctors, as he did with the kneecap injury. That injury went from a six-week injury to a 10-week injury to out-for-the-season.
We'll keep you updated over the weekend on the status of Andrew Bynum. Get well, big kid.