All this Bynum news is giving TLN a headache. Just come back to us healthy, big man.

ESPN: The Los Angeles Lakers have finally put a timetable on the return of Andrew Bynum: probably the first round of the playoffs.

Bynum has been out since Jan. 13, when he dislocated his left kneecap and bruised a bone landing on a teammate’s foot while going for a rebound. The Lakers haven’t been more specific about his recovery than saying he would be out for at least eight weeks.

But before the Lakers played the Mavericks on Tuesday night, coach Phil Jackson said he’s not expecting the 20-year-old center to return until the playoffs begin the weekend of April 18-19.

“It’s all about swelling, the pounding you take day to day,” Jackson said. “He continually battles that. So it could be a couple, three weeks before he’s doing some things on the court.”

Going into the Mavs game, Los Angeles was 20-10 without Bynum, helped by the addition of Pau Gasol. The Lakers would probably rather not wait until the postseason to get them playing together, but it looks like they might not have a choice.

In his third year, Bynum is averaging 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.06 blocked shots. He was leading the NBA in field-goal percentage (63.6 percent) and was among the best in rebounds and blocks when he got hurt.

  • MILO

    i dont agree withn this at all, we need him now it’s been more than the 8 weeks c’mon at least get him in there the last 3-5 games.Sh!t stop babying him he’s a tough guy im sure he wants back now!!!

  • Jimmy

    Yup… he’s already on the treadmill. He needs to at least get into game shape… can’t just throw him in the playoffs.

  • kingkb24

    jackson always overexagerates to the media

  • k0be da 1 andonly

    He will come back sooner

  • Devean George

    Remember the ZENMASTER loves to play with the media!

  • Lakers

    Phil knows how to make it work

  • lakerz

    atleast put him on the bench for the last 3-5 games.

  • Michael_23

    Yeah he’s overexagerating a bit. But we’ll see.

  • BigThree2k8

    Love to burst everyone’s bubble but IF, and that’s a BIG IF, AB comes back during the PO he’s going to useless. You just don’t go from sitting on your a$$ for over 4 months to being in NBA basketball shape ,especially with the intensity of the WC PO. Definitely not worth the risk considering how many times he’s had major injuries with his knees.

  • Sopi

    i am looking forward for the next coming season

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    Hey big 3…Sounds to me like a bit of the worries on the possible L.A./Celtics Finals showdown eh….heeheeheehee

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  • Keep Odom

    With (Laker) fans there are two types. Pessimist and optimist. The reality of this whole Lakers 2008 champs thing is that with Pau we are on the same playing level as the rest of the teams but with Pau and Bynum we become almost immortal. But at the same time, we have to think of the long run. Why risk 4-5 years of competing for a title by rushing Bynum back in. I want a title to, BADLY! But not at the risk of injuring Bynum permanently. Sorry but that is the truth. I love the LAKERS too much to see them take that risk.

  • Andrew Gasol

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    hey man, i would trade fluke for shaq!!!! lol

  • foxxy



    Keepodom,I agree 1000%.The pressure is not on The Lakers to win a Championship this year,next year,yes but not this year. Remember our team is very young as opposed to Boston(pressure is more on them),Dallas,Phx,S.A.,etc.

  • T-Dub

    yeah but i just can’t except losing to any team in the west in a 7-game series. if Boston gets us in the finals, so be it…they are strong.