Bynum averaged 13.1 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 2.1 BPG midway through his first breakout season a year ago and averaged 14.3 points, 8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocs before again going down with a serious injury.
Last season the time-table for Bynum's injury was originally estimated as six weeks for his recovery time, though Andrew was held out of the remainder of the regular season and the postseason for fear of coming back undeveloped and re-aggravating the knee.
After the Lakers learned of Bynum's injury, Los Angeles masked their hole in their frontcourt by acquiring Spaniard Pau Gasol from the Grizzlies at the deadline in the most popular trade in the NBA last season.
Los Angeles steamrolled their way to the Finals last season, and many fans and critics around the league felt that if Bynum would have returned, it would have been a completely different series with an equally different outcome.
However, many overlook Andrew's injury and how it was actually a blessing in disguise.
If the former high school phenom never would have been sidelined, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak would not have conversed with Memphis and pulled the trigger on the Gasol deal.
Which in essence would've halted Los Angeles' return to prominence and Kobe Bryant would never have gotten his MVP award.
This postseason Bynum has only played 24 minutes in their first 2 games of the Western Conference Semis' but this also could be a good thing.
By not forcing him to play mass levels of minutes, Bynum is being preserved for an obvious greater role deeper into the playoffs.
Should L.A. be pitted up against either Cleveland or Orlando in the Finals, the Lakers will need his size and length, so Laker fans, don't be alarmed with his lack of playing time.