O.C. Register: 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.”

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  • e-bucher

    who is bynum?

  • KOBEISKING

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    me

  • Dave

    That is so cool for two reasons. Andrew is focused, dedicated, and acting like a true professional, rare for someone his age. Its definitely inspiring! Secondly, its a classy move for Kupchak to make a special trip just to check in with Andrew. Its stuff like that which shows players that management cares, even though it can be a pretty harsh business at times.

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

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    Agree’d!

    The Incredible Bynum ;)

  • lakrfan4life

    unleash the beast in bynum!

  • DCLAKER

    Shoulda took Vlad and Luke with him so he look at both of’em and say “See,that’s what a REAL basketball player is supposed to do,HARD WORK STILL PAYS OFF” !

  • Bynum Bryant 09

    DCLAKER
    Aug 28th, 2008 at 2:43 pm
    Shoulda took Vlad and Luke with him so he look at both of’em and say “See,that’s what a REAL basketball player is supposed to do,HARD WORK STILL PAYS OFF” !

    LMAO. NICE.

  • http://www.jamieinsider.com Jamie Spears Insider

    If he comes back and plays like an All-Star then the max extension would be worth it. Smart move by Mitch on wait and see. I’m sure Andrew understands that.

  • yellowpurplefever

    Good Job Andrew and continue to work on that SkyHook and possible short jumper. Can’t wait Bynum vs. Olden!

  • Lakers 24 7

    Looks like sumbody already lit the fuse on the BYNUMITE and this coming season, he’s ready to EXPLODE!!!! Can’t wait..we will OWN all

  • Geloman

    Man, I want the season to start right now! Tired of this baseball, boys of summer crap.

    Can’t wait to see the incredible Bynum unleash his wrath on the NBA, Celtics and Oden.

    Come back stronger, faster and more skilled then ever Drew.

  • LakersFirst

    Unless your initials are MJ, championships are won through a big man. Ask Shaq, Kareem, Hakeem, Wilt, Duncan, KG, etc, etc.

  • True Lakers Fan

    watch out NBA Bynum is going to go hay wire omn your ass

  • DCLAKER

    GUARANTEED ALL-STARS:Kobe,Pau and Bynum….Sasha wins 3pt. contest,HELL TO THA YES!!!!

  • Nabil

    Okay, conspiracy theory time. Mitch has already said he wants to wait and see Bynum in the regular season and see how the knee holds up before extending him. So the stated reason of wanting to check out Bynums knee during his workouts doesn’t fly. And I don’t buy that he flew in to say “hi, just wanted to fly in and show my face in Atlanta for your morale.” SO…. Mitch has been offered a megatrade deal involving Bynum. And he needs to know NOW how the knee is, so he doesn’t make a career mistake.
    PEACE!

  • PhilJackson

    Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum , Pau Gasol , Lamar Odam, Trevor Ariza

  • basketbolista

    wow! can’t wait to see bynum..
    it almost 8 months since when i saw the last basket he made..
    can’t wait to see how the lakers will kick the ass of that bitter celtics..

  • 123KID

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    i agree with every word!

  • Geloman

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    Is this just a guess or something you truly deeply believe? You really think that Mitch would really contemplate trading Bynum?

  • Nabil

    just a guess of course. Mitch? You never know.