Today in Sports History: November 2

By Brandon Zhu

In 2005, Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum became the youngest player ever to play in a regular season NBA game at 18 years, six days, breaking Jermaine O’Neal’s 10-year old record by 46 days. Bynum was selected 10th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft. The 7’0 center played as a starter in both of the Lakers 2009 and 2010 NBA championship victories. Bynum averaged 15 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks during the 2009-10 regular season. He postponed a knee surgery to play in the postseason, and averaged 8.6 points and 6.9 rebounds to help the Lakers win back-to-back championships. Bynum was named All-NBA Second Team in 2012 and earned his first All-Star selection in that same year. Unfortunately, nagging knee injuries led to his retirement in 2014.

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