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NBA Rumors: Latest Chatter on League's Banged-Up Superstars

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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 22, 2012

Countless NBA superstars have gone down clutching a body part this fall. Big names like Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are already in the midst of recovering from early-season nicks, though Bryant is doing it on the court.

But the L.A. Lakers aren't the only NBA teams feeling the effects of having an injured superstar. The Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers are both awaiting the return of their respective franchise players.

Here we break down the latest chatter on some of the league's injured superstars.

 

How Big a Deal is Kobe's Sore Ankle?

Kobe Bryant injured his ankle in Tuesday night's win over the Brooklyn Nets, and it sounded serious according to Kobe's Facebook post via ESPNLosAngeles.com's Arash Markazi on Twitter:

Kobe on Facebook: "Had a hard time sleeping last night. Ankle still throbbing. Had to get up every few hours to ice it."

Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 21, 2012

 

Bryant is off to a hot start this season, shooting better than 50 percent from the field and averaging more than 26 points per game, but at this point Lakers fans have to be concerned about his ability to last an entire 82-game season and then deep into the playoffs. 

But as far as his recent ankle injury is concerned, it's Kobe, and it'll pretty much take a broken bone to keep him out of the lineup. 

 

Will John Wall Return in Time to Rescue Wizards?

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has yet to play this season while recovering from a knee injury, and there is still no timetable for when the third-year player will return to the winless Wiz

This was head coach Randy Wittman on Wall's recovery (via The Washington Post's Michael Lee):

Everything is good. Went to the doctor, things are progressing. No setbacks, no things that look differently. Things are moving in the right direction in terms what they are seeing, the doctors. Each day he’s taking the step of increased rehab work. Nothing on the floor, but that’s a good thing.

Wall played in all 66 regular season games for Washington last season and is averaging more than 16 points and eight assists per game in two NBA seasons. Losers of their first nine games to open the season, it's safe to say the Wizards could use Wall's services as soon as possible. 

 

Andrew Bynum's Setback Getting More and More Bizarre

The only thing more curious than Andrew Bynum's hair right now are his knees.

The Philadelphia 76ers big man's recent knee setback remains a mystery, and it seems no one knows what's going on with the former Lakers star.

This from The News-Journal's Jason Wolf on Wednesday: 

Dr. David W. Altchek of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, Bynum’s longtime personal orthopedist, said late Tuesday night that agent David Lee does not want him discussing his client’s knees with reporters.

The secrecy is beginning to get ridiculous, and the Los Angeles Lakers are looking smarter and smarter every day for dumping Bynum on Philly when they did. 

There's no doubt that the seven-footer has immense potential, but if he's not contributing and only distracting, what good is he?

 

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