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Phil Jackson doesn't expect Andrew Bynum for start of season

Sep 24, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for PJackson2.jpgLaker fans have not been very optimistic about — or feeling very positive about — Andrew Bynum lately.

You can add Phil Jackson to that group. Here’s what he said at his press conference Friday (via Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell).

“I don’t see how Andrew is going to be ready, and I really haven’t anticipated him being ready at the beginning of the season. The type of surgery that the doctor did on his knee takes a little extra time. We hadn’t prepared, and Andrew certainly hadn’t prepared … he could have come in a little bit earlier, but the end result is what he’s going to be like in May and June and that’s what’s important.

“Andrew had an opportunity to play under the limitations of his injury (in the 2010 playoffs), which really limited his movement and how much he could throw himself into the game and the amount of minutes he could play. Andrew really made a point to help the team to the championship, even though he was at 70 percent of what he could possibly
do, and it really helped us out.”

Phil is right. Better to let Bynum rest now, come back fully healthy and be ready to go than to race back and have a lingering issue for months. We know Bynum is a slow healer. If this takes longer, so be it.

Jackson added that the Lakers encouraged Bynum to get away from the game, to go to the World Cup. He delayed surgery but was assured that the two-month healing time frame should have back in time. It took longer. Jackson was not worked up about it. Then again, he doesn’t really get worked up about much.

Jackson did say that Kobe’s knee is doing well and he may play a little during the Lakers European vacation this preseason (games in London and Barcelona). Even a few minutes of Kobe there will make the ticket buyers happy. He can jack up a couple unrealistic threes for them (and hit one, because he does that).

  1. Omnius - Sep 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    I’m glad Phil Jackson is smart enough not to push Bynum into trying to play too early, allowing Andrew to heal properly before getting busy on the court. One of these days Bynum is going to have an injury free season and let’s hope it’s this season. Let’s just let Bynum heal up and celebrate when he does get back to work on the court. It will be nice of Kobe can play some in Europe to show them the greatetst basketball player in the world. The Repeat World Champion Lakers will give the Europeans a preview of the team who will Threepeat next June!

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