90041178NG015_SUNS_LAKERSL.A. Times: Lakers special assistant coach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has taken on fewer duties this season as he battles leukemia, but the NBA’s all-time leading scorer likes what he sees in Andrew Bynum.

The education of the 22-year-old center continues week by week, game by game.

“I think he’s running the court real well, really keeping up with the play,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “He’s using his left hand, keeping his body between the ball and the defender and just shooting it over people. That was the hardest thing when we first started. He didn’t want to use his left hand at all. Now he’s comfortable with it. It’s happening for him.”

It’s hard to argue with Abdul-Jabbar. Bynum is averaging 18.2 points and 9.8 rebounds, numbers that were actually higher before Pau Gasol returned to the lineup.

Bynum had 13 points and six rebounds Sunday in the Lakers’ 108-88 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

On one third-quarter play, he turned in the post and hit a six-footer despite a double-team from Grant Hill and Channing Frye. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw.

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  • drive-for-16th

    Much respect to kareem, i wish he gets healthy again and im sure everyone ones prayers are with him.

  • drive-for-16th

    were all pulling for kareem. sorry for the mistake on the first comment.

  • gugy

    Bynum is doing great.
    The biggest challenge here is for him to stay health all the way. If he does that I am pretty sure he will have an stellar season.

    Kareem get well soon.

  • LC09

    KAJ GET WELL TLN GOT UR BACK

  • WifelovesLuke

    A healthy Bynum and the Tenacious D of Artest are the two upgrades this team needed in order to make a run at a Back to Back.

    1-2-3 Ring!!