ANDREW BYNUM: STILL IMMATURE
Bill Plaschke of the L.A. Times has a brutal piece today on Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum. Bynum refused to have offseason knee surgery so that he could party at the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa.
Now Bynum will have to have a procedure on the knee and may miss six to eight weeks, including most of November. That would leave the Lakers with 37-year-old journeyman Theo Ratliff as their starting center. Ratliff hasn’t averaged double figures in scoring or rebounding for an entire decade.
Bynum has gotten into trouble on at least two other occassions for not taking injuries seriously. In March of 2009, Bynum was photographed “rehabbing” his knee by carrying a Playboy bunny on his shoulders while attending a party at the Playboy mansion. Bynum was also photographed the previous year boozing at a UCLA frat party while injured.