L.A. Times: Andrew Bynum is experiencing the vocal pro-Celtics crowd, the intense media presence, the NBA on its largest stage.
All that’s missing is the playing time.
Bynum’s seat is at the end of the Lakers’ bench, in a suit. He’s making the most of it, trying to soak in his surroundings while hoping to play a more active role in future NBA Finals.
“I would love to be a part of it, obviously, but I’m going to be able to get the experience and the atmosphere, at least, and be ready to come back next year,” Bynum said. “I think it’s obvious that you would be kind of upset a little bit, but you’ve got to deal with that. It is what it is.”
Sidelined since Jan. 13, Bynum underwent left knee surgery May 21 and began minor range-of-motion exercises at the team hotel Thursday, the first step in his rehabilitation after having cartilage debris removed and rough spots on the underside of his kneecap smoothed out.
“They found a couple of things in there that weren’t on the MRI and they took them out,” he said. “I’m fine. I’m just waiting. They said about four more weeks before I can start jogging and stuff like that. I’m looking forward to going to the track in July so I can start working out again. It’s been a long time.”