NBA roundup: Barbosa out for season; Bynum's debut delayed

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One NBA player had season cut short while another may have to wait even long for his debut.

Two weeks after losing guard Rajon Rondo for the season, the Boston Celtics said Tuesday they have lost guard Leandro Barbosa for the year because of a torn ACL in his left knee.

Barbosa injured his knee Monday night against the Charlotte Bobcats. An MRI on Tuesday confirmed severity the injury.

The Celtics lost Rondo on Jan. 25 to a torn ACL in his right knee. They also lost center Jared Sullinger on Jan. 30 to back surgery.

Boston now has 10 healthy players on its roster and three true guards.

This season, Barbosa has averaged 5.2 points a game and 1.4 assists. However, during Rondo's absence he has averaged 8.0 points and 2.8 assists.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum, who has yet to play this season because of bone bruises to both knees, might have his possible return pushed back. However, he insisted it wasn't a setback.

Before the 76ers lost 107-90 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, Bynum said he experienced a lot of pain in his left knee after working out two consecutive days on the court. He said he is uncertain when he will be able to return, after saying last week that he hoped to be back by the end of the month.

Bynum, 25, spent seven seasons with the Lakers before he was dealt to the 76ers last August in the four-team trade that sent center Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic to Los Angeles.

Last season, the 7-footer posted career-high averages of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. For his career, he averages 11.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

---Royce White is scheduled to make his pro basketball debut Tuesday night in a D-League game for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers against the Maine Red Claws.

White, selected in the first round of last year's NBA draft by Houston, and the Rockets have engaged in a lengthy feud over the player's mental health. The sides finally reached an agreement last month, and the Rockets reinstated White from a suspension.

He reported to the team Monday and took part in Tuesday's shootaround.

---The son of basketball great Larry Bird was arrested Sunday and charged with allegedly trying to hit his ex-girlfriend with his car, according to an Indianapolis Star report.

Connor Bird, 21, was arrested at Indiana University, the school's police chief, Keith Cash, told the paper. He faces multiple preliminary charges, including battery with injury, criminal mischief, intimidation with a deadly weapon and possession of marijuana.

No formal charges have been filed.
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