There’s rarely a dull moment in NBA training camp, and this year is no exception. But it hasn’t been just Carmelo Anthony’s yes, no, maybe free agency that’s been raising eyebrows and frustrating fans. We can now toss some anger and ire toward Lakers big man Andrew Bynum. The center is stirring up a bit of controversy for having put off knee surgery so that he could head to South Africa for this year’s World Cup.
"I had to have the surgery when I was ready for it," Bynum explained to ESPNLA.com. "I was coming off the emotional high of going out and winning your second championship. I just kind of needed a little me time. Me and the family. I just took it from there. I went to go see the World Cup, it was a great time for me, one of the best of my life. I got to stay on safari. And then when I got back home, I took care of business."
But Bynum’s post-World Cup surgery plans hit a road block when doctors discovered that his injury was more extensive and would require a longer recovery time, pushing his return to the Lakers back to possibly November, at best.
SI.com’s Nicki Jhablava will bring the latest news from the NBA in her Training Camp Buzz. While we still may have a few more weeks until the NBA’s season opener, college football is in full swing with tonight’s Aggies-Cowboys matchup-up and baseball playoff action.
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (7:30 p.m., ET) – Undefeated Texas A&M and Oklahoma State will go head-to-head in tonight’s Big 12 face-off. The win would be a huge coup for either team and their Big 12 South prospects.
Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays (8:10 p.m., ET) – The Rays may have already clinched their spot in this year’s playoffs, but the Royals are looking to end their season on a winning note.
By The Numbers
6:55 p.m. – The earliest possible start time to a World Series game in 23 years. Major League Baseball and Fox are close to finalizing a 6:55 p.m. start to World Series Game 3 in an effort to attract younger fans. SI.com’s Tom Verducci also says that the earlier start time is meant build an audience before big-ticket college football night games.
4 – Number of weeks Orlando Magic point guard Jason Williams will be sidelined for arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The injury flared up during training camp, putting his potential to play in the team’s season opener in jeopardy.
11 – Number of players the Pittsburgh Penguins trimmed their roster by this preseason. Forwards Brett Sterling , Chris Conner and Tim Wallace , defensemen Corey Potter and Steve Wagner and goaltender John Curry have all been relegated to the Penguins’ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton farm club. Forwards Nick Johnson and Joe Vitale , defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Brian Strait and goaltender Brad Thiessen have also been sent to the AHL club.