L.A. Daily News: Coach Phil Jackson said Friday night for the first time that it might be another month or more before injured center Andrew Bynum can rejoin the Lakers. Jackson also said Bynum might fill a reserve role when he is fit to play.
What’s more, Jackson said center Chris Mihm might play before Bynum or forward Trevor Ariza are able to return to the active roster.
Bynum injured his left kneecap in January and has not been cleared to begin running on a treadmill. He has been working out in a pool.
Mihm had surgery to remove a screw from his surgically repaired right ankle last month. He also underwent a relatively new procedure in which his blood was drawn, treated and then injected in his foot in an attempt to speed his recovery.
Ariza broke his right foot in January, but is still wearing a walking boot. He was scheduled to be out of the boot Monday, but suffered a setback.