Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bynum Will Skip Olympics to Undergo Knee Procedure

Lakers center Andrew Bynum is giving up the chance to be an Olympian this summer in favor of having the same knee procedure teammate Kobe Bryant underwent during the 2011 offseason.

According to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan, Bynum will not participate in the Olympics because in addition to having the operation, he also wants extra rest.

Bynum told Bresnahan on Friday:
"I've got to take care of my legs in the off-season. I've got some things planned for my knees. … I've got to do some therapy that I'm going overseas to do."
The procedure, which Bynum will have in Germany, is less invasive than the work that has been performed on each of his knees in the past. It targets the proteins or molecules that cause inflammatory responses, according to Bresnahan, and once blood is removed from the affected area of the patient, the molecules that cause the inflammation are removed to create a serum that is then re-injected in the patient.

Hopefully, this will put an end to Bynum's seemingly chronic knee problems. He's undergone procedures on both of them in the past and has seldom been able to stay healthy for the entirety of a season, until this one.

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