Bynum To Have Knee Surgery Next Month

Yahoo! SportsAndrew Bynum(notes) survived the playoffs on his injured right knee, so the Los Angeles Lakers center is taking a few extra weeks to celebrate their title before getting the problem fixed for good.

Bynum’s knee was drained Tuesday for the third time in recent weeks, and the 7-footer will have surgery next month to repair a partially torn ligament.

But with the Lakers’ blessing, Bynum is headed to the World Cup in South Africa before undergoing surgery around July 18. Recovery time is short for the surgery, and Bynum should be at full strength for training camp this fall.

“It’s not the most serious (injury),” Bynum said after his exit interview with the Lakers brass. “I’m going to get it taken care of, and then everything is supposed to be cool.”

One day after a victory parade celebrating their second straight championship, most of the Lakers gathered at their training complex. Kobe Bryant(notes) and Derek Fisher(notes) will depart for the summer Wednesday, when coach Phil Jackson also might reveal his plans for next season.

Although Bynum has been dogged by various injuries throughout his career, he decided to postpone surgery when his torn meniscus was discovered during the first-round series against Oklahoma City. Although he felt strong in some games and pained in others, he gritted his way through all 23, averaging 8.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while earning his teammates’ respect.

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