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#1 Guest_Nissan_*


Posted August 28, 2008 - 11:41 AM

Andrew Bynum is running on the track. He’s hitting the weights. He’s doing basketball drills. More importantly, the young Lakers center shows no signs of any lingering problems from his knee surgery.

Bynum has spent the past month down south, working on his conditioning following surgery in June to repair a partially dislocated left kneecap he suffered Jan. 13. He was cleared to begin drills after a month of rehabilitation, and is expected to be 100 percent for time training camp in October.

“Andrew has dedicated another summer to getting into the best possible shape,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “A month ago he was cleared from the knee surgery he had and at that point he began working on conditioning and getting into shape and I thought he looked like he has made progress.”

Kupchak didn’t rely on second-hand reports. He traveled to Atlanta earlier this week to check on the fourth-year player from New Jersey and said he liked what he saw.

“I could see improvement in his body, his conditioning and mobility,” Kupchak said. “I didn’t see any signs of effects from the surgery.”

Kupchak said he expects Bynum to report to training camp at full strength, considering camp doesn’t start for another month.

“He told me that he is ready to comeback (to L.A.) to start playing full-court drills,” he said. “He sounded eager to play.”


#2 KGB


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Posted August 28, 2008 - 11:42 AM

It really really is starting to seem that were just stealing links from CL lol.

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Posted August 28, 2008 - 11:45 AM

It really really is starting to seem that were just stealing links from CL lol.

No, I got this article from LG. I don't even visit CL.

LG usually has all the news before any other forums... CL just gets the news from LG. :rolleyes:

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Posted August 28, 2008 - 11:52 AM

regardless of where it came from, it's great news.
:rolleyes: :P

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Posted August 28, 2008 - 11:54 AM

It really really is starting to seem that were just stealing links from CL lol.

:rolleyes: I was unaware Lakers news is only made for CL.

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Posted August 28, 2008 - 12:27 PM

regardless of where it came from, it's great news.
:rolleyes: :P

Agree :wub: ;)

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Posted August 28, 2008 - 01:00 PM

Lakers center Andrew Bynum, sidelined since January because of a knee injury and subsequent surgery, will head back to Los Angeles mid-September to continue his comeback.

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, who met with Bynum this week in Atlanta, said Wednesday that the player expressed an eagerness to begin full-court work when he arrives on the West Coast. He will participate in drills and games either at the Lakers facility in El Segundo or in pick-up games at UCLA.


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Posted August 28, 2008 - 01:06 PM

Agree :rolleyes: :P

Yay! Positive news on Bynum! An excuse to use the new emoticons! :dance1:

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Posted August 28, 2008 - 01:06 PM

Great GREAT news!
I'm so excited to see him playing again.

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Posted August 28, 2008 - 02:15 PM

This is great news. Can't wait until I see him play next season. :rock:

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Posted August 28, 2008 - 03:50 PM

At least that's the report from Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, who traveled to Atlanta this week along with VP Jim Buss and Director of Scouting Bill Bertka to check in on his rehabilitating 20-year-old star.

"He looks to be in great shape. He looks ready to go," Kupchak said in a phone interview Thursday. "There's no reason to believe he won't be 100 percent for training camp."

"That's the reason I went there," Kupchak said. "I wanted to see him run unencumbered, go through agility drills, jumping drills, the things players do... You hope they don't limp or favor a leg. He did not. That was number one.

"On top of that, I was impressed by what he did with his body to get in shape and get stronger. It was obvious to me he had been in the weight room."

"He hasn't been in a game since January. So obviously training camp will be very important," Kupchak said. "You can go out and do drills, shoot, lift weights, and all that, but none of that will equate to NBA [basketball]. It's important for him to have a productive and hopefully injury-free training camp.

"But it's obvious he has worked."

Bynum is eligible for a contract extension before the start of the season, but Kupchak would not say whether his visit to Atlanta involved any discussions with his young star or his agent along those lines. He did indicate that both sides are willing to wait until the start of training camp next month to open talks.

"We'll go to camp and take it from there," Kupchak said.


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Posted August 28, 2008 - 04:46 PM

Welcome to Bynum Central!! :punk: <-- i like that one. . even more than ;)

I'm stoked about this, although if I'm the Lakers theres no way i allow him to play pick up games at UCLA. . too open an environment to risk anything happening.

I'm sure his agent feels the same lol
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