Tuesday, February 19, 2008


From the LA Times:

"Center Andrew Bynum is at least three weeks from returning from a left knee injury and forward Trevor Ariza is still about eight weeks from returning from a broken bone in his right foot. Ariza's original timetable called for a return to health four weeks from now, but his foot was "healing more slowly than we hoped," a team official said Monday."

How is this not bigger news? It's not surprising to anyone that the Lakers' medical staff originally said Ariza would be out 8 weeks, and now it's 12? They missed their prognosis by 50%! That is not a small margin of error, and means that the Lakers' most athletic perimeter defender may not be in playing shape by the playoffs.

Put another way, it means Luke Walton keeps getting minutes. Devastating.

Good to see that the Lakers' vaunted medical personnel are on the job again, doing their usual incompetent job. Hopefully they don't operate on the wrong finger when Kobe eventually goes in.

EDIT: Please visit www.garyvitti.com. Particularly, note that Vitti's last award for trainer of the year was in 1991; that he has a "Fun Stuff" section for Gary Vitti look-alikes; and that it is now 2008. Also, he has a Gary Vitti Action Figure. Let's put it this way - I don't really feel better about Ariza's foot, Bynum's knee, or Kobe's finger.

1 comment:

andrew said...

if it makes you feel better, vladrad went down with what is thought to be a strained calf. of course, lakers decide not to have an MRI until tomorrow...maybe he's out 2-3 weeks? maybe it's day to day? Who knows?