L.A. Times: In some parallel universe, where 82-game schedules and contract talks didn’t exist, Andrew Bynum would be entering his senior year at the University of Connecticut.

But he jumped from oblivion into the NBA draft a year before 17-year-olds were banned, and there he was Tuesday night, going up against Portland center Greg Oden.

It has been an interesting month, along with an interesting week for Bynum, who will find out in the next few days if he’s an $85-million player.

The Lakers have until Friday to give him an extension of up to five years, though there has been only minimal movement in talks.

Bynum’s agent, David Lee, still wants maximum money, if not a shade below, and the Lakers are offering a little more than $10 million a season over the life of the contract. Bynum makes $2.8 million this season in the last year of his contract.

If Friday comes and goes without any progress, Bynum becomes a restricted free agent next July, at which point the Lakers can match any offer sheet he signs.

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  • DCLAKER

    Nervous,getting his shot slapped back in your face,timing a little off….1st game jitters,he’ll be fine.

  • MILO

    Drew did good! stfu!!!

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    If the Laker’s are offering $10 mil per year, for 5 years, dude should take it!… A bird in hand is better than 3 flying under the radar… You never know when a career ending injury or a major setback type injury might come along… Heck, in 5 years he will barely be 26 years of age and WILL have proven his worth and can command BIG-O-BUCKS soon enough…..

  • Geloman

    He had a great game against the clips and he didn’t play at all in the 4th. It will take a little bit of time but I his game coming around.

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