However, the reaction of the oft-injured Bynum gave the impression the injury may be a serious one and speculation revolved around how the reeling Lakers would survive in the 2011 NBA Playoffs in their quest for a third straight NBA championship.
The lack of Bynum's seven-foot presence in the middle of the Lakers defense makes the team paper thin, especially when you consider two different NBA players—Kendrick Perkins and Amar'e Stoudemire—have labeled power forward Pau Gasol as soft.
Sixth man Lamar Odom will probably have to move to the starting lineup in Bynum's absence, but the bottom line is that the Lakers three-peat chances are in serious jeopardy. Okay, let's not fool ourselves, the Lakers probably weren't going to compete with Bynum healthy. Now, they're as good as done and the door's wide open for the San Antonio Spurs or red-hot Denver Nuggets to emerge from the Western Conference.