Drew’s rehab is almost over, and so is the other 29 teams’ season.

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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.”

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  • http://jtshoopsblog.blogspot.com/ jtshoopsblog

    Hopefully he won’t come back too soon. I have enjoyed seeing Lamar Odom in the staring lineup. he has been doing very well posting double doubles like it was nobody’s business

    • LeaderFish

      With Bynum we would have won last night. Utah has no answer for two 7 footers. Laker Win>Seeing Odom start

  • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

    If he does return mid-December, that gives him about a week or so to get back into rhythm and get the proper conditioning before the Christmas game.

  • http://yahoo steve castaneda

    lets see if he still got it. or maybe we can trade him for… DWIGHT HORWARD.

    • http://youtube.com/lakersftw2010 RonRonGq

      lmfao gtfo

      • Slick Vic

        lol seriously haha

  • http://www.jackyang.info Jack

    I was hoping he wouldn’t be back for another month or two. I really want to see Lamar in the all-star game. Anyhow, I wouldn’t trade Bynum for Dwight simply because Dwight doesn’t have as good of an offensive game. Also, Dwight is more of a help side defender than an all-round defender (i.e he gets blocks from helping out).

    • It just knows better

      come on man. we’re all laker fans here. u honestly wouldn’t accept a trade that dealt bynum for howard? we have enough offense from kobe and gasol. howard’s offensive job would be to dunk which includes the occasional put back and lob dunks. He also blocks, rebounds, and stays healthy. Alas, it’ll never happen so i’ll stop daydreaming now.

      • http://www.jackyang.info Jack

        Well. I’m just saying Bynum is better for the future as someone to build around when Kobe, and Pau declines/retires. Dwight isn’t someone that you can throw the ball down to and expect him to score on his own.

        For now though, Dwight might be better just because Kobe and Pau demands the double/triple teams.

        • LeaderFish

          The future is Bynum as long as he stays healthy. If both players were healthy you have to go with Bynum over Howard.

          • daboss1848

            lol . . . . IF

          • LeaderFish

            I am impressed Boss. You choosing Bynum over Howard not including the injury factor. You have come along way baby.

          • daboss1848

            LOL . . . if KB had better efficiencydecision making, and shot selection I’d pick him over MJ . . . oh my, i do love the IF game!!

  • LC09

    y is da shoutbox not workin?????

  • rondo

    Are we all Laker fans? Calling for a Bynum’s trade before he even comes back? Bynum to me looks more stronger then he was last year. Guys should wait to see what in the package before talking about shipping him off. I say him dunk a ball doing his practice session with Derrick Caracter it was awesome.

    • LeaderFish

      They are just typical laker fans. Need I say more.

      • It just knows better

        Yeah you’re right. i’m more of a kobe fan than a laker fan. i will support anything that will increase the chances of kobe winning more rings than MJ.

    • daboss1848

      he dunked on Caracter? WOW he has come a long way considering he could barely get post up position against Walton the last couple years.

  • PLAYBOYMANSION

    EVERYBODY LOVES GETTIN ON DREW’S CASE, FROM THE PLAYBOY MANSION TO INJURIES THAT WEREN’T HIS FAULT(LAMAR GOT UNDER HIM, KOBE’S 235 LBS FELL ONTO HIM AND THIS LATEST INJURY THEY SAW DURING THE LAST INJURY EXAMS & WAS PROBABLY CAUSED BY ONE OF THE PREVIOUS INJURIES) HE’S NOT GREG “GLASS MAN” ODEN WHO GETS INJURIES JUST FROM PLAYING (OR NOT PLAYING)! HE PUTS SOME 95 POUND PLAYMATE ON HIS SHOULDERS AFTER KNEE SURGERY AND EVERYBODY FREAKS OUT! LET’S SEE IF PHOENIX CAN HIT 22 3-POINTERS WHEN HE COMES BACK? LET’S SEE IF DENVER AND UTAH CAN DRIVE THE LINE WITH THEIR QUICKER POINT GUARDS WHEN HE COMES BACK! LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE! ———————————————————————————————————- THERE ARE 439 TICKETS LEFT FOR TONIGHTS GAME –> http://bit.ly/a6iLTr <–GET YOUR STOCKING STUFFERS FOR CHRISTMAS FOR ANY GAME TOO!!!

  • Day

    Andrew Bynum for Josh Smith

    afk

  • laker warrior