Come back to us, big fella.
L.A. Times: Andrew Bynum said he hoped to begin running in a swimming pool later this week, the latest step in his rehabilitation from a left knee injury that has sidelined him for more than five weeks.
The swelling is out of his knee and he has not had any setbacks in his recovery, although he will not return at the beginning of the timetable established by the Lakers of “at least eight weeks” from the time of the injury.
Bynum theoretically would have to be on the practice court next week if he were to return exactly at the eight-week mark of March 10. A return at an unspecified date later in March was more reasonable, a team official said.
Bynum has been working out on elliptical machines and sharpening his balance by stepping on and off exercise blocks.
“I’m feeling good, getting better, the swelling has gone down and I can walk around,” Bynum said Tuesday. “Hopefully this Thursday I can get in the pool.”
If that goes well, he would soon transition into running on a treadmill and building the muscles in his left leg. Bynum sustained a bone bruise in his knee and a partial dislocation of his kneecap in a mid-January game against Memphis.