Drew’s rehab is almost over, and so is the other 29 teams’ season.
ESPN: In Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum’s first full-contact on-court workout Saturday, he leaned on an old friend — literally.
Bynum participated in half-court drills and banged bodies with Lakers backup center Derrick Caracter, who despite being a rookie is only six months younger than the sixth-year veteran. The two played prep basketball against each another in their home state of New Jersey.
Now Bynum is prepping to make his return from offseason surgery on his right knee and his rehab is in the home stretch.
“I want to [return] midway through December,” Bynum said. “Hopefully, that’s two weeks. It’s looking more like a little bit later, probably. I have these two weeks here, then a week of practice. Realistically I’m looking at three weeks.”
The Lakers play in New Jersey two weeks from Sunday, three games into their upcoming seven-game road swing. The following Sunday they play in Toronto to finish the road trip.
When asked if the Christmas Day showdown with the Miami Heat a little less than a month away was his “target” to return by, Bynum said, “I don’t have a target. I just want to be back within three weeks, that’s my personal goal.”
The 7-foot, 285-pound Bynum stressed that the timeline he presented was his and his alone.
“That’s just me, what I want,” Bynum said. “The training staff and other people may see things differently and want to slow it down. I’m not sure.”