Center says he must ‘slow it back down’ in recovery because of swelling in knee, while forward’s foot injury still hasn’t healed and he’s doubtful for start of playoffs.
L.A. Times: … The Lakers’ center said his left knee still felt “unstable” and continued to cause a “little bit” of pain.
“Jumping, landing, backpedaling, quick change of directions are still a problem,” he said. “In a couple weeks from now, I might be good. I might not be good. I’m not sure.”
… There is no official timetable for his return.
Bynum had experienced swelling in the knee and had trouble putting his full weight on it while playing one on one.
“We had to test where I’m at, and I kind of just failed that test, so we’ve got to slow it back down,” he said. “You definitely don’t want to hurry back and risk losing a long career, which I plan to have. I don’t want to come back and make something serious happen.”
Bynum, who could be signed after the season to a five-year extension worth up to an estimated $80 million, said he did not want to do long-term damage to the knee. The Lakers agree, from the front office down to the players.
“When he’s ready, he’s ready,” Bryant said. “It’s important for him to take his time. When he’s ready to get going, he’ll jump right back in, but there’s no point in rushing it. He’s got a long career ahead of himself.”