Bynum may not be ready until playoffs

Is this all speculation with Phil Jackson or is he playing mind games? Sound-off in the comments and tell us what you think.

L.A. Times: In the story that won’t have an ending until it finally ends, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson cast some doubt on a regular-season return for Andrew Bynum.

When asked if Bynum might miss the rest of the regular season, Jackson said, “Oh, sure, there’s a very good possibility.”

Bynum sounded a little more hopeful.

“At this point, I’m trying to get back a couple of games before [playoffs] just so I can get, like, a tune-up,” he said. “The last two games, that’s the closest I can get back. And I have a good chance of practicing right before the playoffs with my team, get a bunch of hard practices in.”

The Lakers’ last two regular-season games are April 13 against San Antonio and April 15 against Sacramento. Both are at Staples Center.

There have been many guesses about the exact date of Bynum’s return since he went down Jan. 13 against Memphis with a bone bruise in his left knee and a subluxation of his left kneecap — a brief dislocation that popped back into place.

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  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    Bynum needs to play now, even if only a few minutes each game… If not Bynum will be susceptible to the normal shock that comes from not playing for so long and will not be very effective in a hotly contested first round of the playoffs… He needs to knock as much of the so-called rust off, during these last 6 games, hence, he will be sharper, more effective, and ready for stiff competition in the first round… If the Lakers happen to lose, in the first round of the playoffs, without having all of their AVAILABLE guns at 100% affectivity… This would be a major disappointment in Lakerland, comparable to last years, Mavericks meltdown, if not worse… Lakerland might not ever be the same!

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  • DCLAKER

    Phil is a Mastermind. He knows teams are keeping a close eye on the Lakers and AB especially,Laker roulette,saving that last bullet.Wanna take a spin?

  • RDLAKB24

    ridicolous how long this knee injury is taking him… its like 12 freaken weeks

  • Kobe08-09

    Any PLace ican watch LAst nights GAME DALLAS, RAPTORNATION DONT HAVE THE GAME. MAN HE WILL BE BACK TRUST ME FREAKING PHILL PLAYING MIND GAMESWITH US.

  • Sako

    this is coming from the same guy that said that Bynum wont make it until the playoffs, be the very next day he was upgraded to “back in 2 weeks”

  • Thomas

    I think Phil is playing mind games. Andrew should be coming back by the time we get back from the three game road trip. It was projected that he would be back with about five games left in the season and we could use that time to get him and Pau used to each other.

  • Laaffiliation024

    Shouldn’t this article be above the bumper sticker one…I think this one may be a little bit more important

  • vida8

    Are they playin mind games ??
    like stu said ” I believe it when i see it.. ! other wise lakers are playin mind game with me….. one time they said he will play in the road trip and now he wont playin the regular season ?WTF

  • http://www.lakers.com Keep_odom

    aWW mann..we need some good TRAINERS..look @ NOWITNZI he only miss 4 games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    where in the WORLD IS TREVOR ARIZA….I DONT THIS HE IS COMING BAK SAME WITH BYNUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kevio2000

    I think we should be very careful with drew bynum and not rush him or ariza I think phil will work it out good enough that I will see you all at the parade in june.

  • west213

    i know man dirk only missed 4 freakin games what the hell…

  • Kampow3r

    Its because they are much more desperate to have them. They might not make the playoffs!!! They rushed him in if they clinched playoff berth like we have we wouldnt be seeing Dirk out there right now.

    I am not worried, I am gonna stick to what was said before and see him out there during the road trip but not play until he actually gets back home and will get minutes the game after the road trip. No worries Phil is just messing with every other team while they are trying to figure out what is going on in LakerLand

  • Ignard

    All I know is before the game yesterday Drew was working out with Rambis and according to Money and M.T. Rambis was going at him pretty hard so……….
    Take your time Drew, get yourself healthy for the big show.

  • Ignard

    according to Money and Mychal Thompson, Rambis………

  • LAKERSFORLIFE

    TWO WORDS. GRANT HILL!

    Lets be patient. I want to compete for the next decade with a healthy Bynum.

  • MILO

    What a little b!tch, i know that if it was Kobe Fish or LO they would ask Phil and staff to let them play.YES BYNUM! KEEP TAKING YOU’RE SWEET ASS TIME JUST AS LONG AS YOU KICK ASS IN THE PLAYOFFSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! OK!!!

  • lakers fan 22

    like I keep telling all of you in the shoutbox, bynum is out for the season.

  • MILO

    [Comment ID #31790 Will Be Quoted Here]

    YOU’RE A SICK INDIVIDUAL

  • lakers fan 22

    [Comment ID #31847 Will Be Quoted Here]

    WHY?

  • ab4sure

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    How many times do you make bad predictions??? Too many to count. You have to change your name if Bynum does come back. Or if you really want to make lakernation happy ban yourself. We will even throw a party for that if necessary. LOL

  • xtro

    it’s a ploy. Baby Bynum is alright.