Bynum/Gasol could be back with Lakers soon

Center will accompany team on upcoming trip. Gasol probably won’t play Sunday.

L.A. Lakers: After gruesome home losses to Charlotte and Memphis, some mildly pleasant news awaited the Lakers on Saturday.

Pau Gasol participated in a brief scrimmage and Andrew Bynum was told by Coach Phil Jackson he would accompany the team on a two-game trip next week, though he wouldn’t necessarily play.

Bynum was doing “really well” in his recovery after working his way through some patellar tendinitis in his injured left knee, Jackson said.

“It’s not really connected to his injury per se. It was just the amount of work that he’s started to be able to do, which is impressive,” Jackson said. “I told him to expect to go on the trip to Sacramento [next Sunday] and Portland [on April 8]. Whether he can play or not, it may not be that time, but he’s going to go through the workouts and practices and the pregame and whatever we have.”

The Lakers have four regular-season games left after that trip.

Gasol, who has sat out eight games because of a sprained left ankle, took part in a five-minute scrimmage at the team’s training facility, but probably won’t play tonight against Washington. He could run straight ahead Saturday without any pain but still had trouble planting and cutting, he said.

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  • kPoAbUe

    GREAT NEWS =)

  • LA-KB24

    gasol needs to be playing wednesday night

  • OwnageTime32

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    I agree, I’m going to that game!

  • SILO

    Funny if Bynum and Pau return on the same day! LOL. I feel sorry whoever gets stuck playing those two when they come back.

  • Lakers 24 7

    Pau will be back wednesday, and Bynum is like a week away from returning, WOW, I cant wait to own every hoe ass team that comes in our way

  • SliqRiq

    I’ll believe it when I see it, we need Bynum back in a worse way more so than Pau!!!!

  • lakerz

    i think they should turn off all the lights in the middle of a game. point one light towards the tunnel, the PA announcer says “ladies and gentlemen, Andrew Bynum!” the crowd goes wild, out comes Bynum, he walks up to the court . all while the song “Fly like an Eagle” is playing. lol.

  • http://lakers.com Billy Kupchak

    now we need a better point guard, this could be a career ending injury for fish, maybe a guy like chauncey billups or baron davis

  • True Lakers Fan

    u know that Baron is da games son godfather

  • MILO

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    i like Devin Harris and Monta Ellis speed, Farmar is not enough!!! sorry his three pointer here and there doesn’t cut/do it for me!!!!!!!!!!

  • MILO

    I want a specific date set for Bynum already this guy is taking his sweet fu-ck-en time and as you can see we cant afford it.We’re already on our way to going to a 5th or 6th seed wtf hurry his ass up!!!

  • SliqRiq

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    AGREE!!!!!!!!!! Pau TOO!!!!!

  • http://lakers.com Billy Kupchak

    [Comment ID #31081 Will Be Quoted Here] those 2 could also be possibilities

  • 8KB24LAL

    No matter what seed we get in the playoffs it will be amazing because every one of our starters is currently injured or not healthy (Pau, Dfish, Odom, Drew and KB24) along with one of our best defensive players Ariza. To have a starting 5 in the shape that we do and still be where we are at in the standings truly shows how great of a team we will have next year.
    Like every other Laker fan my biggest dream is for LA to win it all in 08 but I do realize the amount of time we will have for all of the starters to mesh with each other and it is very little. No matter what happens to LA this year I give congrats to them for one heck of a year for us fans and I look forward to a healthy 65+ win next year and a ship for LA. It will be the fourth year of the Mamba, Bynum punch and we all know the rumor of what happens to great players after they’ve played together for four years….

  • KWAME WALTON

    how many times have we already heard this?????????????????

  • wong63

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    WTF career injury its only a slight tear how is that career ending tell me, Mr. Kupchak. And the lakers don’t need time to mesh they have been playing with this team the whole year and if bynum and gasol doesnt work bynum can come off the bench….

  • drake hunter

    Big D as in disappearing (From LA Time)

    Now 0-9 against winning teams with Jason Kidd, the Mavericks may get injured Dirk Nowitzki back this week, they’re praying.

    “You and everybody else in the dang Dallas world knows that a lot of what we do revolves around Dirk,” Jerry Stackhouse told ESPN’s Marc Stein. “So if he’s out, you can’t just abandon everything and start something new on the fly.

    “We haven’t had success trying to tweak this thing on the fly yet. We need him to heal up. Fast.”

    I swear Dirk’s injury looked 10x’s worse than Gasol’s sprained ankle and ESPN showed Dirk had a freakin damn cast on his knee for crying out loud and couldn’t bend it and the guy is gonna return this week. At worst he would only have missed 1 week or 4 games and be back in less time than Gasol who didn’t even fall to the ground when he sprained his ankle but merely stepped on Radmanovic’s foot yet Gasol has now been out for over 2 weeks and 9 games still counting and still recovering. I’m just scratching my head!!

  • ab4sure

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    Your scratching your head because your not a doctor although you play one on Lakernation. How a person falls does not determine the severity of his injury. Wait for an MRI, xray’s etc… and Stop playing doctor especially around any of your family members… LOL

  • kobeeeee`

    Great News -_-. Finally we can go on a win streak with our REAL TEAM.>>>!!!!! :)))

  • drake hunter

    So I guess when Nowitzki who looked like he almost dislocated his knee fell to ground grabbing his knee in massive pain, his injury was a lot less worse than Gasol who was able to limp off the court with the aide of his teammates when Dirk needed to be carried off and Gasol never used crutches while Dirk had his knee in a cast. Maybe you need to go back to school or go back to English class because you sure don’t understand a damn thing I’m saying. The Lakers are being way too cautious for an injury that probably was deemed playable a week ago but they want to wait it out as long as they can until he can fully recover which won’t happen until the offseason. All the while, the tired Lakers are losing momentum, slipping in the standings, not playing cohesive basketball, key players are playing extended minutes, and the flow of the offense is as tired as your comments. He said can can play but it still hurts a little bit when he pivots. Who gives a S H I T, having him at 80% is better than not having him at all. It’s sad that you can’t understand that. If you don’t think Gasol or Bynum makes the Lakers better then why did we even pick him up for. Obviously he makes us a better team and thats why we need him back ASAP.

  • ab4sure

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    Your not a doctor just like you were never a GM. You were a terrible GM BTW so it is best that you not play doctor.

  • drake hunter

    ab4sure
    Mar 30th, 2008 at 6:14 pm
    drake hunter on March 30, 2008 at 6:09 pm said:

    So I guess when Nowitzki who looked like he almost dislocated his knee fell to ground grabbing his knee in massive pain, his injury was a lot less worse than Gasol who was able to limp off the court with the aide of his teammates when Dirk needed to be carried off and Gasol never used crutches while Dirk had his knee in a cast. Maybe you need to go back to school or go back to English class because you sure don’t understand a damn thing I’m saying. The Lakers are being way too cautious for an injury that probably was deemed playable a week ago but they want to wait it out as long as they can until he can fully recover which won’t happen until the offseason. All the while, the tired Lakers are losing momentum, slipping in the standings, not playing cohesive basketball, key players are playing extended minutes, and the flow of the offense is as tired as your comments. He said can can play but it still hurts a little bit when he pivots. Who gives a S H I T, having him at 80% is better than not having him at all. It’s sad that you can’t understand that. If you don’t think Gasol or Bynum makes the Lakers better then why did we even pick him up for. Obviously he makes us a better team and thats why we need him back ASAP.

    Your not a doctor just like you were never a GM. You were a terrible GM BTW so it is best that you not play doctor.

    YOUR MOTHERS AN ASTRONAUT!

  • http://www.hard-wood.org/?cat=34 Billy Kupchak

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    MILO, someone is pretending to be me! :( click on his username & you’ll see that it’s NOT me, ok?

  • Mr. B-DAY

    we need kwame bakkk! hes not injured! if he were here we woulda won those games when gasol was out. also we need penburthy back

  • Devean George

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    When you wrote this comment I truly hope you were high on crack and almost overdosed and then decided to write this crazy azz comment…

  • MILO

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    People using others name are lame and lack originality get a fu-ck-en life!!!

  • DCLAKER

    Phil said Bynum is going with them on their 2 game road trip(I think Sun.& Tues.).

  • ab4sure

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    Now do u regret freaking out about the laker situation? The Lakers are fine they don’t need to have a panic attack or rush Bynum back. You on the other hand probably could use some valium or some sedative.

  • Phant0M

    ^^..

    And if a chance came to get baron :D

    lol.. But that is far from happening

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    What’s up with the ASTRONAUT’S kid, always talkin punken smack.

  • ab4sure

    [Comment ID #31187 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Your very sensitive. And you have to coattail other comments. That makes you look like a weak little boy.

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    Heeeheeeheeeheeee, Whoa, touched a nerve eh… WTF ARE YOU TALKIN ABOUT, FOOL!… Make some sense, at least once in an ASTRONAUT’S moon.

  • ab4sure

    Yes u definitely lost it.

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    Waaaaaaataa????????

  • ab4sure

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    Proof ^^^

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    Yeah, What a waste of PUNKEN TIME!… TIME TO LOSE YOU, FOOL!