Andrew Bynum back at work

 

    

EL SEGUNDO – Now that all the fallout is over (is it really over?) from injured Laker center Andrew Bynum’s recent visit to the Playboy mansion, more important issues can be address.

Such as, when will Bynum’s right knee be healthy enough for him to return to action?

Lakers coach Phil Jackson perhaps whet the appitite of Laker fans when he reiterated an earlier statement that it is very possible that Bynum could return to play in at least a couple of the Lakers’ final regular-season games.

An encouraging sign came Thursday, when Bynum participated in a half-court three-on-three scrimmage with a group that included center DJ Mbenga and guard Jordan Farmar.

The 21-year old Bynum had his lunch handed to him by Mbegna. Or was it the other way around because when asked how Bynum fared, Jackson said, “DJ ate him up today.” 

Jackson did note, however, that Bynum was very active, jumped without any apparent pain and blocked some shots. His timing on his offensive game, as expected, was off.

But aside from adding that Bynum faces a arduous task in building his stamina back to game condition, Jackson was pleased with what he saw.

“He’s much improved in two weeks,” Jackson said. “The progress has been steady. He seems to be running the court. We’ll try to keep it at a level where he can negotiate, without a lot of bodies on the floor.”

By stating that, Jackson indicated that it would be awhile before Bynum is placed into a five-on-five, full-court practice situation.

“I think he’ll be able to do some things on Saturday,” Jackson said, “when we come back to practice after Friday’s game. As far as outright full-court competition, that still might be delayed until next week.”

 Bynum has been out since he suffered a medial collateral ligament tear in his right knee in a game last Jan. 31 against the Memphis Grizzlies. The injury occurred when Bynum was stationed in the lane in rebounding position and inadvertently was run into by teammate Kobe Bryant.

Since then, Bynum has been diligently rehabilitating his knee and giving horsey-back rides to Playboy bunny models.

by ART THOMPSON III, OCREGISTER.COM

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