Dec 23, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT
Both had their five-game suspensions to start the season reduced to four because of the schedule being cut back to 66 games due to the lockout.
Bynum will make his debut now on Dec. 31 against the Nuggets. George Karl just swore loud enough for you to hear wherever you are.
Villanueva’s first game will be against the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 31. Having him back won’t help the Pistons all that much, but it gives them a little depth up front, I guess.
Bynum earned his suspension for flattening J.J. Barea in game four of Lakers playoff series against Dallas last year, then taking off his jersey and storming off after an ejection. An ugly cap to an ugly series by the Lakers as they were swept away.
Villanueva tried to get in a fight with the Cavaliers Ryan Hollins last year and carried that over to the locker rooms when he tried to get into the Cavs room. He served one game of his suspension last season.
- Report: Knicks made (ridiculous) offer to trade for Kevin Love 31
- Report: Lakers finally offer coaching position to Byron Scott, deal expected soon 24
- Report: Cavaliers leading Kevin Love-trade sweepstakes 41
- Chris Paul on boycott if Sterling is still owner: “That’s something me and Doc are both talking about” 31
- Players union approves of Thunder’s Josh Huestis arrangement 15
- Cavaliers officially sign Andrew Wiggins, putting 30-day hold on him being traded 58
- Lakers deny rumor they are waiting around for Doc Rivers to be coach 61
- James Harden: “Dwight and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets. The rest of the guys are role players.” 91