Lakers Lose Bynum To Injury For Up To 3 Months

Good news: Those of us listening to the last local midday sports radio show left in Los Angeles, Mason and Ireland on KSPN-AM,  weren’t subjected to obligatory post-Super Bowl pap.

Andrew Bynum suffers knee injury

(Knee grabber: No, Bynum is not reacting to Paul Blart, Mall Cop)

Bad news: The non-Super Bowl talk was about Andrew Bynum’s torn knee ligament. (In case you haven’t noticed, Bynum had being playing like an all-star the last five games before the injury.)

The Lakers’ big will be out 2-3 months after suffering a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee in a collison with Kobe Bryant during a game at Memphis on Saturday.

So what does that mean for the playoffs?

From the LAT:

Bynum will miss at least 27 of the team’s final 36 regular-season games and might not return until the playoffs. He will rest the knee for the next seven to 10 days and will then begin rehabilitating it. Surgery is not required for this type of injury, said Lakers spokesman John Black.

Providing Bynum makes a full recovery, the injury will work to the advantage of the Lakers, who have been largely sleepwalking through the season. There’s long been talk of GM Mitch Kupchak making a move to acquire more substance in the paint, but Bynum’s development meant the need didn’t appear to be immediate. (Which it actually is, especially for the playoffs)

Now you would think the Lakers will do something, anything, to bring in someone who can defend (and possibly score a little) in the post, since Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol have shown they never will.

Shaq, anyone? OK, maybe not.