Bynum says fluid has returned to knee
LOS ANGELES -- A day after reporting no progress in his injured right knee, Lakers center Andrew Bynum said Wednesday the fluid he had drained two days earlier had returned soon after the procedure.
"It didn't really help," Bynum said of the action, which is designed to alleviate the pain of a torn meniscus. "As soon as I drained it, about 12 hours later, all the fluid came back. ... It wasn't really a good procedure."
Coach Phil Jackson didn't sound particularly surprised by the outcome.
"Whether that worked or not, it was a procedure that was, you know, tried, attempted," Jackson said. "Whether it was successful in keeping his knee not swollen over this period of time, you know, that may not happen."
Bynum took part in a few drills during Wednesday's practice but missed a scrimmage in lieu of getting treatment. He reported no additional pain as a result of the latest swelling.
"It's about the same," Bynum said. "It's going to be there, when I come down from jumping, and push off laterally, but I'll be all right. Muscles kind of shutting down due to the swelling. It's tough to jump and tough to do everything up to your maximum level."
Bynum sat out the 2008 postseason because of a subluxation of the patella in his left knee. His absence against the Celtics in the Finals led many to wonder how the outcome might have changed had the Lakers had a physical presence in the middle. Two years later, he's able to suit up, but another injury has led to tempered expectations.
"I'm not sure how he's going to be able to do," teammate Pau Gasol said. "I think he's going to give everything he's got again just like he's been doing. ... But it is what it is. We're all a little banged up, but we've got to play through everything pretty much at this point and just leave it all out there."
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Said Bynum: "It's going to be a tough challenge for me, but it's one that I'm ready to accept. I'm gonna go out there and try to be as effective as I can. I'm looking forward to the challenge. I'm looking forward to going out and really be a part of winning this chip. I want to be effective. I want to help my team. I don't want to miss any time."
For their part, the Celtics aren't counting on any advantages gained from Bynum operating at less than full strength. They're not even treating him as injured.
"Non-factor for us; factor for them probably," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "We're not going to worry about whether he's healthy or not. Players tend to be healthy once the Finals start no matter what their injury status is, and you know that. We're viewing him as 100 percent and a factor in the series."
Bynum's determination even earned a nod of respect from a Celtic who will be lined up across from him.
"A lot of credit to Andrew for playing on a torn meniscus or whatever it may be," Kendrick Perkins said. "He's gonna come in and do what he's gotta and it's my job to go out there and try to shut him down."
Bynum insisted he's going to do what he can.
"As long as I contribute, it's worth all the pain," Bynum said.
Andrew Kamenetzky covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com and is co-author of the Land O' Lakers blog.
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