On Wednesday, Andrew Bynum had surgery on his right knee to repair a tear of the lateral meniscus. Dr. David Altchek, who is the Medical Director for the New York Mets and a medical consultant for the NBA, completed the surgery. Andrew Bynum is expected to make a full recovery by the start of the season and is expected to be available on a “limited basis” for the Lakers training camp in late September.
Bynum hurt tore his meniscus in the first round of the playoffs against the Thunder and worked through the pain for the remainder of the post season earning the respect of his teammates and fans alike. He had the knee drained three times since the injury (twice during the post season and once more after the Lakers championship parade). After his exit interviews, Bynum said that “he planned to work out with a Lakers trainer in L.A. and Vancouver following the surgery to rehab his knee and improve his core strength as a preventative measure against injuries in the future.”
This news comes only days after the Lakers released a statement saying that Kobe Bryant underwent arthroscopic surgery on a knee that he also had to have drained during the post season. Kobe is expected to be fully recovered by the start of training camp and has already began his rehab.
Health will be one of the biggest obstacles that the Lakers will have to overcome next season. Getting both Kobe and Drew to take care of their respective knees months before training camp is just one of many huge steps the Lakers have taken this off-season to begin their two-time title defense journey. Taking care of these injuries were every bit as important as brining back Derek Fisher and the signings of Steve Blake, Theo Ratliff and Matt Barnes. It’s hard to be satisfied with every way the Lakers have handled this off-season. If they’re able to bring back Shannon Brown, the Lakers will have essentially done everything they set out to do. Lets just hope for full, timely recoveries.