Let’s say Andrew Bynum doesn’t return in time for the playoffs. What shape would the Lakers be in? Would they be better minus their 7-foot center?
The Lakers did reach last year’s NBA Finals without Bynum.
That question was posed to Phil Jackson on KLAC radio Wednesday and Jackson said he wasn’t sure.
“I think we’re definitely as good,” he said. “I think Pau Gasol has gotten more settled in with what we do. I think the biggest key is we have Trevor Ariza back who really didn’t come back and complete his therapy last year in time to play in the playoffs. He played a little bit, but surprisingly.”
Jackson said before Tuesday’s game that Bynum’s return isn’t imminent, although he was walking without a crutch and is not experiencing any pain.