Andrew Bynum Goes Down, but the Los Angeles Lakers Will Not During the Playoffs

Ryan Neiman@RyanNAnthony Contributor IIIApril 13, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers grimaces after an injury against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on April 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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After hearing about the tragic news about Andrew Bynum hyper-extending one of his surgically repaired knees during a contest against their heated rival, the San Antonio Spurs, I assumed I would be witnessing the images of angry fans storming the streets of Los Angeles, flipping over vehicles, smashing the windows of shops and looting their merchandise, and the everlasting images of them throwing their Lakers jerseys into a pit of fire on the news.

Surprisingly, as I searched across the web and as I flipped through the channels on my television, their were not any breaking news on CNN or Fox News in regards to these specific incidents.  

There was not any need for a state of emergency because it was quiet on the streets of L.A.

Shouldn't Los Angeles be falling apart after losing an essential part of their gloried Lakers team?

Are you kidding me?

If I were in Los Angeles, I would be kicking it back and sipping from my cafe-latte while waiting for the NBA Finals to begin.

These fans are not worried about their team because they know the Lakers will be right there at the end as usual.

It's a tradition and it's expected the Lakers are going to be playing in the Finals no matter what catastrophic event occurs.

The Lakers have dealt with adversity before and this new scenario with the possibility of being without Bynum yet again is starting to become the norm.

It's something the Lakers have dealt with annually and they never have been rattled each time Bynum has gone down.

The Lakers know how to respond to a "Bynum-occurrence" because they have such a great nucleus of players on their team.

Bynum is an exceptional player, but to say the Lakers are out of contention to win the NBA championship is ludicrous.

The Lakers have won without Bynum in the past and they will continue to do so during the playoffs.

The Lakers will be labeled an underdog entering the playoffs and they will have a target on them because of the loss of Bynum, but this is a very misleading title for the Lakers.

We have all seen what happens when Lamar Odom, Ron Artest, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, Shannon Brown and, most importantly, Kobe Bryant, once the playoffs begin.

As soon as they step on the court, and they play under the spotlight, they bring their game to another level. 

To discredit the Lakers a chance of winning it all for their third consecutive year because of the injury to Bynum is an insult to the Lakers and they will not take it too kindly.

This just adds fuel to the fire and it gives the Lakers extra motivation to prove the doubters wrong.

Some teams are smirking right now at the possibility of facing the Lakers in the first round because they feel they know have a great shot to upset the defending champions for an early exit.

I wouldn't want to face a fiery Bryant, who will be listening to every word the media will say about how his team will falter in the playoffs due to the loss of Bynum. 

Los Angeles is considered the "Entertainment Capital of the World," and I guarantee the Lakers will live up to that label once of the playoffs start.