All-Star center Andrew Bynum suffered a moderate sprain of his left ankle when he landed on the left foot of teammate Josh McRoberts after going after a rebound late in the first quarter of the Lakers’ game Sunday night against the Golden State Warriors.
UPDATE: McRoberts told me after the game Bynum didn’t land on his foot.
Bynum never fell to the court, but grabbed at his ankle immediately. He limped slowly and motioned to the bench to have someone ready to come into the game to replace him, which Pau Gasol did with 1 minute, 49 seconds left in the quarter.
The 24-year-old Bynum bypassed the bench and headed straight for the locker room. X-rays taken showed there was no break, but he couldn’t return to the game. He’ll be re-evaluated Monday. The Lakers’ next game is Tuesday against the New Jersey Nets.
UPDATE: Bynum left the arena without speaking to reporters, but Lakers coach Mike Brown didn’t think the injury was too serious, saying, “I don’t think it’s going to be long-term, but I’m going to wait and see.”
Bynum’s previous injuries have been to his knees, and he has often joked that his knees might give him trouble but his ankles are strong. He has played in all 49 games for which he has been eligible to play this season. He served a four-game suspension to start the season for decking J.J. Barea in the playoffs last spring.
He tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee when Kobe Bryant crashed into after a fall on a drive to the basket in a Jan. 31, 2009 game against the Memphis Grizlies. He suffered a partial dislocation of his left kneecap when he stepped on Lamar Odom’s foot during a game against the Grizzlies on Jan. 13, 2008.