Andrew Bynum Questionable for Lakers' Season Opener
This friendly reminder is brought to you by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, who posted on Wednesday about the distinct possibility that Bynum won't necessarily be ready to go when the Lakers open defense of their back-to-back NBA titles at Staples Center on Oct. 26.
Bynum had surgery back in late July to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. When Ding checked in with the Lakers on Bynum's progress in the rehabilitation process, he got this quote from team spokesman John Black about Bynum's availability (or lack thereof) for opening night:
"We're hopeful that he'll be ready for the start of the season," Black said.
Hope is not a strategy, as they say, so the Lakers might as well plan to open the season without their starting center. And in all honesty, whether Bynum plays or he doesn't in October really has nothing to do with the team's title chances come June of 2011.
There's absolutely no reason to rush Bynum back into the Lakers' lineup. None. No one will care (or even remember) if the Rockets happen to win on opening night, or if L.A. stumbles out of the gate to a less than perfect start.
Much like the veteran Boston Celtics showed last season, all that matters for experienced, championship-caliber teams is how you finish. The Lakers are certainly that, so they should take as much time as necessary to make sure that Andrew Bynum is 100 percent ready to go before the team decides to insert him back into its starting lineup.