CLEVELAND, Ohio — After watching centerAndrew Bynum work out hard in three-on-three competition the past few days, Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said Thursday night he thinks Bynum is close to being able to practice.
However, asked if Bynum might be able to play in one of the Cavs' four remaining preseason games, Brown said: "I don't know. We're not going to rush him.''
Bynum missed all of last season with knee issues after being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Philadelphia 76ers. He signed a two-year free-agent contract with the Cavs this summer and although he has worked diligently since then, he has not yet been cleared to practice five-on-five full court.
"He looks good,'' Brown said of the workouts he has seen. "We just want to make sure that we're cautious with this thing and we're handling it the right way. Andrew has done a great job. We're excited about his progress and where he's at.''
The Cavs have been careful not to put any sort of timetable on Bynum's return, but the coach delivered what is no doubt good news to the team and its fans on Thursday when he said, "This is just my opinion: I think he's close.''