This is great news. Big Bynum is almost back.

Hoopsworld: While the Los Angeles Lakers battle through their longest road trip of the season, back in Los Angeles injured center Andrew Bynum nears a return.

Bynum partially tore his right MCL on January 31st in Memphis against the Grizzlies. The original timetable for recovery was said to be 8-12 weeks.

According to his website AndrewBynum.com, Bynum has progressed to the point where he is “playing 2 on 2 and 3 on 3, while waiting on the team to return.”

Following standard recovery protocols, Bynum’s next step towards recovery would be to test himself in a 5 on 5 scrimmage… typically the final step before a player is back on the active roster.

The Lakers are scheduled to play the Charlotte Bobcats and Milwaukee Bucks on back-to-back nights on Tuesday and Wednesday. Coach Phil Jackson wouldn’t be likely to hold a full practice on Thursday.

The team’s next home game is on Friday against the Houston Rockets, likely without Bynum. If, however, he can get in a full practice on Saturday, April 4th… perhaps the Lakers will be able to get him on the court against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

That assumes that Bynum’s knee responds well to the increase in activity. A delay might take him to April 9th against the Denver Nuggets Or even as late as the Memphis Grizzlies on the 12th.

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  • machine lover

    omg finally.

  • http://www.keyshop.org Makaveli3

    Hope he comes back good!

  • YaaaLakers

    Thats great news, but if he is back in time for the Memphis game, he should definitely NOT play! PJ make him sit!

  • Matt

    don’t believe it until I see it.

  • Steve Avery

    Not a minute to soon. I can’t wait to make him my STD

  • Juan

    If he can make it back next week we can rest Gasol and give Andrew all the work. That is excellent timing

  • Andrew Rafner

    this story uses andrew’s personal website as a source.

    unfortunately, andrew is not the arbiter of his prognosis.

    i need to hear something from the front office to give this any creedence.

  • Andrew Rafner

    this story uses andrew’s personal website as a source.

    unfortunately, andrew is not the arbiter of his prognosis.

    i need to hear something from the front office to give this any creedence.

  • Steve Avery

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    STFU loser

  • LakersFirst

    He is greatly missed.

  • TLN

    Uh dont know what to day.

  • http://www.visionofthefans.com Chris Manning

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    The same front office that misdiagnosed him last year?

    He has said on multiple interviews he doesn’t have a return date but to keep advancing in rehab and training. The fact that he’s running in 3v3 & 4v4 games says a lot. Hell I found out he was shooting hoops in his driveway when I made my new Bynum video – the dude is close and that’s everything.

  • Coooooop

    ill believe it when i see it. every player feels they are ready. I wouldnt put too much bank on this since we have not heard anything from the team, medical staff and even Phil about him coming back soon.

  • gugy

    That’s great.
    Take it easy. We really need Bynum at the Finals. I think through the playoffs we are fine with him playing into get in strong shape for the ultimate prize.

  • Andrew Rafner

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    yah, it was the front office’s fault.

    no player is bigger than the team.

  • kobe8

    i’m gonna get excited when i see him on the court.

  • kwame4mvp

    i’d rather not see drew play against the gizzley’s…

  • http://www.visionofthefans.com Chris Manning

    Again – he’s playing full contact basketball and he sounds ready to participate in the team’s practice’s.

    Much better news that – we’re going to see how the knee reacts to “x event” or situation.

  • FLUKE

    I really think I’ll throw a party when I see him back. It is the much anticipated time of the season and it will happen and SOON! If he can already play in pick up games then he is proabably a week from returning in my perspective. He is WELL rested and him coming back right at the playoffs is perfect for us since he has full energy. Don’t take this bull from the guys saying I’ll believe it when I see it, he is going to be back. Last year he had a season ending injury and they said at about the ends of the playoffs he will return because they didn’t really think they would make it that far, to tell you the TRUTH! Boston fans should be crying soon when they see him on the court.

  • Myself

    I’m hope it goes smoothly on the 5 on 5, and keep the starting lineup as it is. Bring Bynum off the bench too help, because the bench has let us down since after the All Star game. I mean Farmar looks like he’s lost out there, Sasha got the contract money and stop working on his game, Luke…well we all know that he’s not a scorer. Hopefully with the return of Bynum this bench mob can get it going again, because right now they look more like the bench warmers out there. And to all those fans who keep thinking Bynum is coming back and ready to go, remember he’s been out for the last 20+ games, he won’t be back into shape probably until the second round of the playoffs. That’s my Lakers Nation is my two cents.

  • Andrew Rafner
  • jason

    ditto the believe it when i see it remarks

  • Sean All Ivy

    Rafner is such a hater. Get a life man.

    Bynum get healthy! We need you!

  • BigChease

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    you are the biggest loser on TLN

  • http://neoshocapital.com Farmabrick

    All that exercise from lifting Playboy Bunnies must have paid off!

    If he’s truly healthy and can put in 30 minutes of solid, high intensity playing time from April 10 onwards, Stern may as well call the engravers and order up “Los Angeles Lakers – 2009″ for that O’Brien Trophy.

    All the Lakers need to do now is stay ahead of Boston in the W-L column.

  • http://vladehasaposse.com Tim M.

    Bynum has a track record of telling the people what they want to hear. We know that. The fact that this is from his very own site does nothing for me. I’ll trust doctors, staff, and coaches.

  • Scarface

    I don’t get it, didn’t someone just say Bynum was not close to returning? I think it was Phil Jackson?

  • Scarface

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    shouldn’t you guys here at TLN be more professional about this? don’t be so sensitive to what people say, and don’t say its passion because telling someone to shut the F up is not passion.

  • http://www.teamsupastar.com 123kid

    seriously if i were phil and say he did have a full practice when the team comes back, i would let him play like 10-15 min and DO NOT PLAY him against memphis and really save him for like the last 3 games or so to get his feet wet and get him ready for the playoffs where we can really see him dominate!

  • JC

    Welcome Back Drew. Time to Kick some A$$ in the playoffs Homeboy.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t this what they said last year?

  • sam

    next season when bynum plays again all healthy and focuded again, please…..PLEASE don’t let this boy play against the grizzlies, that team just curses his knees all the time.

  • zgum

    Great NEWS!

    Easter is here finally…

    hmm.. to top it off,
    buy some http://www.pjtra.com/t/RD1BQkRFPUNAQ0JDPUFIRg,

    they are a fancies…

  • mr.laker19

    I agree with so many… since im from the show me state, ill believe it when i see it. I would love to see Bynum back on the court, dont get me wrong, we need him, but I just heard last week that he had no chance of coming back this season. So I wont believe any more of these stories unless they come with footage!

  • PAUL PIERCE IS THE GREATEST

    IT DOESN”T MATTER IF BYNUM IS BACK!!

    YOU KNOW WHY? CUZ THE FAKERS WILL ALWAYS SUCK!!!!

    PAUL PIERCE WILL JUST MAKE IT RAIN ON YOU HOES COME PLAYOFF TIME!!!

    THAT IS IF THEY PASS THE SPURS, JAZZ OR EVEN THE BLAZERS! :P

    HAHAHAHAHA YOU LOS ANGELES FAKERS OVER HYPING BYNUM’S RETURN IS PRICELESS!!!!!

    CELTICS 4 LIFE BIATCHEESS!!!!!!!

  • Paul Garnett

    I agree with Paul Pierce is the greatest. Bynum is soft just like all the other Lakers. Bynum fears PERKINS!!!!!

  • YellowPurpleFever

    BYNAMITE YA!!!

  • zgum

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    Paul Garnett, go and eat some jellybeans! U’ll need it this Easter!
    http://www.pjtra.com/t/RD1BQkRFPUNAQ0JDPUFIRg

  • Lakers 24 7

    MOVE B*TCH, GET OUT THE WAY, GET OUT THE WAY B*TCH, GET OUT THE WAY!

    NBA WATCH THE F*CK OUT!

  • WeNeedBynum

    omg thank god! to all these celtic fans above…blow me and get a life…

    BYNUM is gonna hog all these little mofos… and perkins? lol plz man that kid is Embarrassing

    GO LAKERS BABY!!!!!

  • lilkobe24

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    LMFAO celtics fans are the one who’s complaining that they don’t have the ginger bltch and tony allen. fcking failed

  • Lker Roger

    they win the same amount of games with this punk kb 24 was right he s a boy man weak punk.luke farmar bynum sasha all are weak ass lakers .mobenga is just a project he d be better as a clipper he sucks too,
    bynum set this season out next one too you go suck your mamas tit your weak.

  • AllthewayLA

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    We proved that we can win even without Bynum, Celdikcs proved nothing without garnett, oh, even with garnett. haha simply losers.

  • Lakers 24 7

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    ..and thats if the Celts pass the Cavs or even Orlando, right?…hey maybe Atlanta can knock you guys off this time.

  • LakersFirst

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    Please the Boston Suckdics and their fans are an embarrassment to the NBA. The way they play with KG, they are NOTHING. Paul Pierce is clearly not a leader and neither is Ray Allen. Doc River is sh*t coach and the Suckdics will be lucky to get out for the first round. They will have no home court advantage this year. They are done! one and out. Will not be heard from again for another 22 years.

    BOSTON SUCKDICS!!!

  • Brooke

    you Celtdicks fans are pathetic. They might not even be 2nd in the East. As I recall didnt the Lakers sweep the Celtdicks and in Boston w/out Bynum

  • kobe bryant

    yo paul…. haha u typical celtics fan
    no class
    you on here on our website the Lakers Nation hating on us wasting your time… and why is this? cuz ur worried..
    we sweeped you this season once in L.A. with bynum on xmas day with a sick dunk by trev trev at the end
    and the 2nd on an exausting road trip without drew… no to mention we beat the cavs the game after that with a sick kobe
    you dont see us going on ur website talkin shyt cuz we dont need to
    and hey we are gonna make it to the finals….
    u gotta get through the magic and cavs who u seem to cant get past
    oh yeah Garnott is not healthy so yeah… see u in jun… oh wait never mind

  • LakersFirst

    Uh oh, trouble in Suckdic land. KG “shutting it down”. The curse of Marbury is strong than I thought. Hopefully the curse will affect other Suckdic players.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA – BOSTON SUCKDICS!!!

  • ricky

    This is great news! I can’t wait for him to get back on the court and start playing again. I’m 100% positive the coach will insert him into the “Bench Mob”, which is much better for him (rest up) and the team in my opinion. He can help anchor the 2nd unit and open up the perimeter for Sasha and Jordan when he gets double teamed on post ups. Also, our current starting 5 is much more efficient and effective because we have a more flexible unit instead of having to be too bulky up front with our twin tower (as much as I love our twin tower, we are better to start games with Gasol and Odom up front).

    Go Lakers! GO Drew! Lakers 2009 NBA Champs!

  • ricky

    Bynum coming back and just his presence will boost the Lakers spirits to new heights and then we will go out and destroy the likes of Dwight “Superman” Howard, Boston “Big 3″ Celtics, and most importantly, dethrone “The King”!!