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Star Bulletin: The first time Andrew Bynum visited Hawaii, the 17-year-old was trying to find his way around his first training camp with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Two years later, he’s looking to assert himself in the competition for the starting center job as the Lakers begin preparations for the season in training camp.
“I’ve got a lot more experience now,” Bynum said after a practice at the Stan Sheriff Center. “After two years I know what to expect out of training camp. I worked hard this summer and I’m in shape now.”
Bynum entered camp looking to claim the starting job he filled for 53 games last season. Veterans Kwame Brown and Chris Mihm will also compete for the job in the preseason following injury-plagued seasons.
Mihm missed all of last season following surgery on his ankle. Brown is coming back from shoulder and ankle injuries.
“I’m just taking it slow, don’t want to take it too fast and injure myself,” Brown said. “I’m feeling a lot better than I did last year, it’s all about consistency now, that I can maintain that high level of play without getting injured.”
According to the schedule, Andrew Bynum’s pursuit of a starting job began with the opening of the Los Angeles Lakers’ training camp last week.
In reality, the process began a lot earlier.
Two years removed from becoming the youngest player to be selected in the NBA Draft, Bynum devoted his offseason to improving his conditioning with an eye on claiming the starting center job in camp.
“I definitely want to establish my position,” Bynum said as the Lakers’ opened training camp at Iolani School. “I think I’m good enough to get that starting job, and that’s what I’m out here to do, to prove to everybody that I’m ready.