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Sometimes even Kobe must wonder if Bynum will ever stay healthy.
This was the toughest call, with Yao Ming and Greg Oden barely getting edged out by their younger Laker counterpart. Bynum has made a habit of tantalizing for a month or so during the regular season before getting shelved for some knee-related injury.
It's particularly aggravating for a Lakers team who, with a healthy Bynum, could be invincible. Instead they're forced to incorporate a still-recovering Bynum in the playoffs, only to find out they're ultimately better with a completely healthy, Bynum-less lineup on the floor (having Lamar Odom as a luxury helps this happen).
Training camps have just gotten under way, and Bynum is already making his appearances in injury update press releases. After coach Phil Jackson initially estimated Bynum's return happening "three or four" days into the regular season, Bynum topped that with "I see more towards the end of November."
At least Houston fans knew Yao would be out for a long period of time. For purple-and-gold faithful, that Bynum gem had to have inspired an "Oh no, not again."