Bynum leaves game with injured hip
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The injury list keeps on growing for the Los Angeles Lakers.
As if losing Kobe Bryant to a sprained left ankle wasn't bad enough, Andrew Bynum was limited to only three points and one rebound in 9 minutes 33 seconds of playing time in Saturday's game against the Trail Blazers because of a hip bruise.
Bynum was fouled by Juwan Howard with 10:58 left in the first quarter and landed hard on his right hip. He played the next four minutes before leaving the game and heading to the locker room.
He played four more minutes in the second quarter but ended his night at halftime and didn't emerge from the locker room when the third quarter began.
It isn't the only injury with which the fifth-year center is dealing.
Before the game, Bynum said he hurt his left knee in the second half of the Lakers' game Wednesday when he banged knees with Charlotte's Stephen Jackson.
Bynum, who already regularly wears a brace on his right knee after suffering a torn medial collateral ligament last January, is now wearing a protective sleeve that holds foam-disk padding in place on his left knee.
The 7-foot, 285-pound Bynum said the collision with Jackson re-aggravated the injury he suffered to his left knee in January 2008 when he underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove cartilage debris and smooth some rough spots on the underside of his kneecap after bruising a bone in his knee and briefly dislocating his kneecap in a game against the Grizzlies.
"There's some swelling in there," Bynum said. "I just got to get it out and the only way to do that is rest, so, over the All-Star break in that time that we have, I should be able to get it under control."
"It's a pain thing and range of motion in the knee isn't there, but I just got to get the swelling out to get it out. It's not anything that's going to be too bad."
Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.