Andrew Lee Bynum is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 10th overall by the Lakers in 2005. Bynum became the youngest player ever to play an NBA game later that year, breaking Jermaine O'Neal's record. Amidst the 2007–08 season, he suffered a serious injury on his left kneecap, and eventually missed the rest of the season and all of the playoffs. He made a successful return at the beginning of the 2008–09 season. On January 31st of 2009, Bynum suffered another injury while playing against the Memphis Grizzlies. During the game, with an inadvertent contact by teammate Kobe Bryant, he tore his MCL (medial collateral ligament) and is expected to miss 8 to 12 weeks. He has yet to recover but is expected to play during the playoffs.
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