Andrew Bynum’s 2008 Knee Injury: A Blessing in Disguise for the LA Lakers?

One of the few dark spots for the Lakers the last three seasons has been the health of Andrew Bynum. The last three seasons, Bynum has suffered three different knee injuries.

The first and most serious knee injury took place during the middle of the 2007-08 season. Bynum suffered a dislocated left knee cap and missed the remainder of the season, including the playoffs.

In 2009, Bynum suffered a torn MCL in his right knee and missed nearly the entire second half of the season. Although Bynum returned for the playoffs, he was largely ineffective for the Lakers on their way to winning their first of back to back championships.

Last season, in the first round of the playoffs, Bynum suffered yet another knee injury. Although Bynum played throughout the course of the playoffs, helping the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics in the Finals, the injury required offseason knee surgery. The knee surgery has kept Bynum out of the lineup to start this season.

So, you can see why Bynum's injuries have proved to be very frustrating for fans. However, let's go back to Bynum's first injury during the 2007-08 season. Is it possible this was a blessing in disguise for the Lakers?

Before Bynum's first knee injury in 2007-08, the Lakers were looking like a much improved team in the Western Conference. The team posted a 24-11 record and Bynum was looking like he was turning into a legitimate sidekick for Kobe Bryant.

At the time of the injury, Bynum was averaging 13 points and ten rebounds a game. However, things came to a halt during a January game,when Bynum went down with a dislocated left knee cap.

After Bynum went down with his injury, the Lakers were left desperately thin in the paint. The only real reliable post player the Lakers had left was Lamar Odom. In the next 10 games, the Lakers went a very pedestrian 5-5, which included a three-game losing streak at the end of January.

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