Bynum Injured; Out 8 Weeks
Just when Andrew Bynum started to emerge as a star, he gets hurt, possibly blowing the Lakers' chances to take over the Pacific Division from the Suns. With Chris Mihm out for another couple of weeks, they'll have to rely on Kwame Brown to take over the center position. Very disappointing news! Hopefully the other players will be able to take up the slack and continue their successful run of 6 straight wins. Bynum was averaging 17.3 ppg & 12.2 rpg so far in January.
Bynum's rookie cards were just starting to pick up steam, with his 05-06 SP Authentic Auto RC #'d 1299 selling in the $40's range, and his SPx Auto/Jsy RC #'d 1499 averaging in the mid $60's. Since it's already been said that he's expected to make a full recovery, I wonder how much of an impact this injury will have on his values. I guess we'll probably see what typically happens in these situations; the optimists will hold off selling their cards/look for deals to buy, and the pessimists will start unloading their cards. Personally, I think we will see some pull-back in the market, but probably nothing too major.