Considered to be LA Laker’s most important defensive player, Andrew Bynum unfortunately suffered a hyperextended knee when he stepped on DeJuan Blair’s foot on their winning game against San Antonio Spurs Tuesday. This has caused to buckled his knee and exited the court with 8:11 minutes remaining in the game which ended with 102-93 in favor of the Lakers.
This isn’t the first time that Bynum injured himself as way back 2008 when he dislocated his kneecap preventing keeping him out for 47 regular-season games. It was during this year that Lakers lost to Boston and Bynum wasn’t with them. He returned in the succeeding years wherein they emerged as champions.
“There is always concern,” coach Phil Jackson said. “We’ve seen him go down a couple times that have been debilitating. So, there’s a concern. It was kind of a freaky play, but they usually are and that’s what basketball is,” he added.
“He allows us to be the dominant team we’re capable of being,” said co-player Derek Fisher. “It’s hard to think about not having him for any significant length of time. It was tough to see. He’s so important to what we do, so to even think for a second that he might be out, the impact that would have on him after all of his work, it’s tough to deal with in the moment,” he added.
“There could be a bone bruise involved when you hyperextend the knee. His reassurance was saying, ‘I’m going to be OK.’ I think that he might have an idea about it because he’s been through this before,” stated Jackson.