O.C. Register: Saturday’s Lakers practice was highlighted by Andrew Bynum’s participation in a five-on-five scrimmage, and the possibility exists that Bynum’s return to action could be sooner than originally expected.
Just not soon enough for Bynum, who has been out since Jan. 31, when he suffered a torn medial collateral ligament of the right knee in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Coach Phil Jackson has said that he hopes to have Bynum, 21, back for at least two or three regular-season games, as the Lakers prepare for a long playoff run.
Jackson carefully listed Bynum’s status as day-to-day, although he firmly stated that Bynum would not play Sunday against the Clippers.
“He’s moving pretty good,” Jackson said. “He’s playing relatively well. I think his conditioning obviously is going to be a problem. We’ll see how he reacts (today).”
Bynum harbors no such concerns.
“For me, I feel like I’m ready,” he said. “But I just need to get back in shape.”
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L.A. Times: “I’m not going to say he’s going to play tomorrow,” Jackson said. “But it’s going to be a day-to-day type of thing. We’re just going to see how he reacts to work, see what the swelling reaction is to that and then go from there.”
“If it was up to me, I would try to play tomorrow,” Bynum said. “But it’s not up to me. I’ve just got to take it one step at a time and keep moving.”