L.A. Times: He’s not quite a novice, but Andrew Bynum is really a neophyte when it comes to experiencing the postseason.

Four years into an NBA career that has been derailed by knee injuries, Bynum has played a total of 57 minutes for the Lakers in the playoffs.

That will all change when Bynum suits up Sunday for the Lakers in Game 1 of the Western Conference best-of-seven first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.

“I’m just a little bit excited, a little bit anxious because I’ve never been there, I’ve never had an opportunity to play in an actual playoff series,” Bynum said. “I want to see what the atmosphere is going to be like, how the fans are going to react.”

He knows playoff games are more intense than regular-season games. He knows more is at stake. More important, Bynum knows he has to guard against being too excited to the point it affects his play.

“Well, lucky for me I’m a center, so the harder I play, the closer to the rim I’ll get,” Bynum said. “So the harder I play, the better I’ll do.

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  • sketch

    Forget beginner’s luck, Bynum don’t need it. He’s gonna fcukin kick @ss over any center that they put in front of him! I can’t wait for the playoffs and see Kobe, Pau, and Bynum kick everyone’s @ss!

  • lakers#1

    Bynum will be fine in the postseason. We all know that he is a beast!
    GO ANDREW BYNUM!

  • mr.clutch101

    Im happy for Bynum–he is a big part of the teams success, and he works hard to improve, he deserves to play in the post-season, and hopefully win the ring!

  • ricky

    Bynum is the missing piece that will take us over the top this year and win us the championship! Play hard, play with effort, and most of all play with passion!

  • WifelovesLuke

    Was anyone else as amazed as I was at how effective Bynum was for the last 4 games of the season? I haven’t been this pumped about the playoffs since the days of Shaq and Kobe playing the Blazers and Kings. My Laker flat is proudly waving in the wind on my car and in front of my house. Let’s get it on!

  • Michael_23

    I guess when Bynum played in the Phoenix series a while back, it wasn’t considered playoffs for him because they were the odds on underdogs. Otherwise, what he’s trying to say, he wasn’t in a good lakers squard.

    Coming off the bench behind Kwame Brown … ca mon now …

  • west213

    lol had a fukin scary dream that bynum was gonna be out for the rest of the season. wow that was scary….

  • gugy

    I think Bynum will blossom in these playoffs. He is too hungry to be great and the last two injuries makes him even hungrier to prove he is the man.
    Good luck!