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Bynum disappointed to be injured, optimistic about recovery

LOS ANGELES -- Lakers center Andrew Bynum, expected to be
sidelined until at least the middle of March, expressed both
disappointment and optimism in his first interview since injuring
his left knee.

"It's serious because I'm going to miss two months. At the same
time, it's not because it's nothing that's going to affect my
future," Bynum told reporters shortly before Thursday night's game
against the Phoenix Suns.

The 20-year-old Bynum, who leads the NBA in field-goal
percentage, was injured early in the third quarter of Sunday
night's 100-99 victory over Memphis when he landed on teammate
Lamar Odom's left foot while going for a rebound.

MRI tests and an examination Monday by team physician Dr. Steve
Lombardo revealed Bynum had temporarily dislocated his kneecap and
suffered a bone bruise.

"I can't do anything. It's terrible," Bynum said. "I have to
sit on the couch all day. I have to take it one step at a time. I
think I'll have about 10 games when I come back. If I can come back
before that, it's great. It's going to take me a little bit of time
to get into my rhythm."

A third-year pro taken by the Lakers with the 10th overall pick
in the 2005 draft, Bynum is averaging 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds
and 2.06 blocked shots, and has made 189 of his 297 field-goal
attempts (63.6 percent). He's the league's 11th-leading rebounder
and ninth-best shot-blocker.

The Lakers (26-11) had won seven straight -- their longest
winning streak in almost four years -- and 17 of 20 entering
Thursday night's game against the Suns. They beat Seattle 123-121
in overtime Monday night in their first game after Bynum went out.

"That was the worst," he said of having to watch the game at
Seattle on TV instead of playing.