Found April 21, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
SAN ANTONIO -- Lakers center Andrew Bynum is not interested in playing in the Olympics because he wants extra rest and also plans to undergo the same innovative knee procedure that Kobe Bryant had in Germany last summer. "I've got to take care of my legs in the off-season," Bynum said Friday. "I've got some things planned for my knees.... I've got to do some therapy that I'm going overseas to do." Bynum has undergone surgical procedures on each of his knees in recent years. The procedure in Germany is much less invasive and marketed as Regenokine or Orthokine. It targets proteins or molecules called interleukin that cause inflammatory responses. Blood is removed from the affected area of a patient and spun in a centrifuge. The antagonists of interleukin are removed to create a serum that is injected back into the targeted area. The recovery period is remarkably short. Bryant has often complimented the results of the procedure, which he had on his ailing right knee and troublesome left ankle during two separate visits to molecular orthopedist Peter Wehling. "I feel a lot stronger and a lot quicker and able to get to the basket and free-throw line," Bryant said earlier this season. Team USA is short on centers because Orlando's Dwight Howard will undergo back surgery and miss the Olympics, which begin July 29 for basketball. Portland power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who also might have played center, will skip the Olympics because of hip surgery. Bynum, 24, was an All-Star this season for the first time in his seven-year career. He was averaging 18.9 points and 12.1 rebounds before Friday's game against San Antonio. Bynum was contacted before the 2008 Olympics about playing for the U.S. but had to pass because he was coming off knee surgery. He has not been contacted this week by USA Basketball, which will decide in the next two weeks which players to add to its shrinking roster. Miami's Chris Bosh and Minnesota's Kevin Love are power forwards who could also play center in the international game, which sometimes puts more emphasis on shorter post players with speed and shooting touch rather than brute strength. Lamar Odom, keep in mind, played center while the U.S. won a gold medal in the FIBA 2010 World Championships. Meanwhile, Bryant will not merely be "a closer" despite his repeated insistence he will let younger Team USA players do all the scoring and swoop in at the end if needed. "He's not changing," USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo told The Times on Friday at an event sponsored by Jeep in Santa Monica. "He's one of the top two or three guys we've ever seen who loves to compete. If he's capable, he's going to be there. He's not going to change his game." This will probably be the last Olympic run for Bryant, who will be almost 38 for the 2016 Olympics. Pau Gasol will play again for Spain, which lost to the U.S. in the 2008 gold-medal game, 118-107. One player who won't appear in this year's Olympics is Odom, Colangelo said. Odom was recently deactivated by the Dallas Mavericks. "Lamar Odom had a year that is a forgettable year for him," Colangelo said. "I don't think he possibly, physically or emotionally, could be ready to participate and contribute." Kuester absent Lakers assistant coach John Kuester will rejoin the team next week after attending the funeral of his mother. Kuester is the main assistant under Coach Mike Brown.

Kobe Bryant on scoring title: “Not very important”

Surrounded by reporters you knew the question was going to come up.  “Kobe, with Kevin Durant closing in, how important is the scoring title to you?” Kobe without hesitation replied: “Not very important…not very important” Wait, not very important? Excuse me for being a bit cynical, but this is Kobe Bryant we’re talking about. I’ll never question his will to win...

Pain-free Bryant set for Lakers return

Describing his shin as pain-free, Lakers star Kobe Bryant will return to the starting lineup Friday night at San Antonio after missing the past seven games. Bryant said after the morning shootaround, at which he participated in full-speed workouts, that he feels he can play all 48 minutes if needed. The 33-year-old Bryant has been sidelined by a case of tenosynovitis, or inflamed...

No World Peace - Ron Artest Is Back

Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest absolutely lays out Oklahoma City guard James Harden with a vicious elbow in Sundays game.  The Lakers won the game in double overtime 114-106.  Earlier this year Kobe and Harden engaged in a trash talking episode.  

Ron Artest Delivers A Powerful Elbow To James Harden’s Head

World Peace, huh?  For those of you who weren’t watching the first half of Thunder @ Lakers, Ron Artest wound up and swung a pretty vicious elbow in the direction of James Harden, catching him right upside the head.  On first glance I thought Artest had inadvertently struck Harden, but replays clearly show that Ron felt Harden on his side, wound up, and cracked him right below...

Lakers' Byrant says he could've scored 50 points on Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs obliterated the Los Angeles Lakers in their final regular season matchup 121-97 and also spoiled the return of Kobe Bryant to the court after the Lakers' star was out of action due to a shin injury. In that game, Bryant scored 18 points but according to Kobe himself, he could have scored a lot more on the Spurs. 50 to be exact. “San Antonio was playing...

Lakers outlast Thunder in 2 OTs

Kobe Bryant scored 19 of his 26 points in the final 3:56 of regulation and overtime as the host Los Angeles Lakers overcame an 18-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-106 in double overtime. Bryant went for eight points in the second overtime, helping the Lakers move a game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers in the race for the Pacific Division crown. Pau Gasol added...

5 things to watch for in tonight's Spurs vs. Lakers matchup

The San Antonio Spurs (45-16) will face the Los Angeles Lakers (40-23) for the final time during the regular season in San Antonio as both teams will look to take the series lead. The Spurs and Lakers have both split their first two meetings this season with both teams winning on the road. Add the fact both teams have won convincingly makes tonight's game key as to which team...

Los Angeles Lakers try to avoid sweep by Oklahoma City Thunder

Lakers try to avoid season sweep by the Thunder.

Andrew Bynum not interested in Olympics team, prefers to take care of his legs

Dwight Howard’s back surgery created a need for more depth at center on the USA Basketball Olympics team, but don’t expect Andrew Bynum to fill the spot. Bynum, who is considered by many to be the second-best center in the game behind Howard, says he prefers to rest his legs in the offseason. “Probably not,” Bynum said after Friday’s loss to the Spurs, when asked if he...

Could Lakers Mitch Kupchak be next GM in Portland for Trailblazers?

The Portland Trailblazers have essentially fired everybody over last twelve months. Their General Manager was pink-slipped last May, their Coach was axed in March, and they even cut the last player they picked number one overall this season too. All this in addition to Brandon Roy being forced to retire, Raymond Felton playing horribly, and Marcus Camby being dealt along with Gerald...

Magic PLAYOFF Wands 4/23

Indianapolis, Ind. (24-40) vs. (41-23) Time/TV: 7 p.m./League PassLine: Pacers by 7Tickets: $5-$90 on TiqIQMagic's Magic Number for Sixth: 1 Team Record GB 6. Orlando 36-28 -- 7. New York 34-30 2.0 1) The Magic might be regretting not trading Dwight Howard for Andrew Bynum right about now, George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel writes. 2) Jameer Nelson...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.