The Los Angeles Clippers announced today point guard Chris Paul underwent successful surgery on his right thumb to repair a torn ligament and will be sidelined for two months. Paul injured his thumb last month in Las Vegas during Team USA training camp.
He played with the injury during the Olympics helping the USA capture Gold for the second straight time averaging 8.3 PPG, 5.1 APG and a tournment-high 2.5 steals in 25.8 minutes.
Paul was traded to the Clippers from the New Orleans Hornets last December prior to the start of the shortened NBA season. He helped the Clippers win their first playoff series since 2006 defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in 7 games winning the decisive game on the road. The Clippers would get swept in the Western Conference Semifinals by the San Antonio Spurs. The five-time All-Star averaged 17.6 PPG, 7.9 APG and 2.73 steals in 38.5 minutes during 11 games in the postseason.
Andrew Bynum came to the Los Angeles Lakers as a 17-year-old kid. Over the course of his career, through his many peaks and valleys, he left last night as a man.
Dwight Howard being traded to the Lakers last night was cause for celebration for many fans, who have waited two years for this trade to go through. The trouble with these types of blockbuster deals though, is the requirement of equal value being sent away. And from the bottom of my heart, I really do believe that Bynum and Howard are equals on the playing floor. Dwight may be the imposing behemoth that all teams covet on the defensive end, but few things were as automatic last year as Bynum cornering the post and finishing over a completely outmatched defender. For all of Bynum's offensive prowess, his length gave many teams problems when driving to the basket against him. As ESPN writer J.A. Adande has tweeted for some time now, the stat of S.O.B.O.A., or Shots Over Bynum's Outstretched Arms, was a great indicator of whether the Lakers won or lost last night.