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Bynum “progressing,” on same timelines as natural evolution

Oct 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.  Andrew Bynum is “progressing” and could be practicing in a limited capacity as early as next week. You know, like the other 700 times we’ve heard that.

ESPN LA reports that Bynum began resistance strength training Friday, a step towards his return to the floor. Basically, he did some work with one of those big rubber bands you see players using in rehab. Phil Jackson said after practice that he’s hopeful Bynum will be “on the floor” with the team in a week or two. In other news, I’m hopeful a check for a million dollars will be in my hands in a week or two. The two have about equal odds of happening.

Bynum has said he doesn’t think he’s coming back until December. Jackson and the training staff think it might be sooner. Every time the Lakers have had a disagreement with Bynum over his return time, Bynum’s been the one that turned out on target. Dude does not rush himself.

What’s interesting here is exactly that Jackson is publicly making comments about getting him back on the floor. The Lakers are starting to grow weary of Bynum’s recovery time and repeated injury issues. They have made a commitment to him in the long term and need to figure out if he’s going to be able to contribute. Strapping a rubber band on is a step, but it’s not a big one.  We’re still waiting to see when and how Bynum gets back on the floor. But as our esteemed editor always says, it doesn’t matter as long as he’s healthy for the playoffs.


  1. zackd22 - Oct 16, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    “Dude does not rush himself.”

    Why should he? If a 7-footer rushes back from a knee injury before he’s ready then its bye-bye career

  2. omniusprime - Oct 17, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Another boring article about Bynum’s recovery that’s just all ado about nothing. Bynum will be back when Bynum is ready and I don’t want to see him get rushed into coming back prematurely just so he can get injured again. Every player has different recovery times and his knee injury is nothing to sneeze at. Just let Andrew rehab at his own pace and stop making a big deal about it! Kobe Bryant is the greatest basketball player in the world and the Repeat World Champion Lakers will Threepeat next June and all this preseason hogwash about Bynum’s slow recovery will be forgotten!

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