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Lakers' Andrew Bynum goes through 5-on-5 practice

Posted on: December 5, 2010 4:01 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:16 pm
Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum completes a five-on-five practice for the first time during his knee rehabilitation. Posted by Ben Golliver andrew-bynum The major milestone to look for in any rehabilitating player's return from injury is simple: when is he allowed to return to full five-on-five practice work? That date usually precedes a return to NBA action by a week or two, and represents the time when the player is deemed healthy enough for the physical pounding that will occur in regular game action. Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum, one of the NBA's premier young big men, has been working his way back gradually from an offseason knee surgery. On Saturday, Lakers coach Phil Jackson told the Los Angeles Times that Bynum went through a five-on-five practice for the first time.
"He said he was tired, which is natural," Jackson said. "That's going to happen."
Bynum, who didn't talk to the media after practice, has said he'd like to be ready to play around Dec. 19 at Toronto, which would be the last of a six-game Lakers trip. "He said there was just one moment where he had a little twinge," Jackson said. "But other than that, he was OK."
The fatigue thing isn't a big deal, as rehabbing players, especially big men, are reintroduced into the rotation gradually, allowing them to build up their endurance. Bynum's return is welcome news for the Lakers, who have dealt with injuries to frontline players Pau Gasol (hamstring) and Theo Ratliff (who had surgery on his knee earlier this season).  Due in part to the injuries, and a stretch of uncharacteristically poor play that resulted in four straight losses, the Lakers have dropped to 14-6 on the season, good for fourth place in the Western Conference. 

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2010 2:46 pm

Lakers' Andrew Bynum goes through 5-on-5 practice

The Lakers are on cruise control. They started out the season with a bang to find out where they were as a team. Once they realized they were great once again they hit the coast button.   Some teams are great regular season teams, some teams play better in the playoffs, and some usually end of with the championship.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:02 am

Lakers' Andrew Bynum goes through 5-on-5 practice

The Spurs are no longer and "old" Team. The bench has been reshaped, and now consists of younger players.  Our starting 5 has a 34 yr old Duncan, and 33 year old Ginobili, a 30 year old jefferson, a 28 year old parker and 22 year old Blair. One guy off the bench is in his 30's Dice the rest are in their 20's.... Hill, Splitter , Bonner , Neal , Anderson .... These aren't your old un - athletic Spurs.  Only time will tell if the early season success will translate into postseason success, but we will take our 17-3 start! We all know the lakers wold be the same old 45 win team and first round exit if Jerry West didn't trade Gasol to his old team. lakers fans forget the days of kobe wanting out just 3 short years ago....

Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2010 2:48 am

Lakers' Andrew Bynum goes through 5-on-5 practice

I wasn't sure... does Bynum's knee have a twitter account?

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2010 2:04 am

Lakers' Andrew Bynum goes through 5-on-5 practice

Doesn't matter. He'll be injured again soon. The guy is glass.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2010 10:59 pm

Lakers' Andrew Bynum goes through 5-on-5 practice

We always knew that the Lakers would have at least one period where they don't play very well. This is a team that has traditionally played the regular season in a manner that does not always reflect the talent on their team. And as Mr. Golliver states, the Lakers have had some other minor injuries to their frontline, which is the true strength of their team. And of course the impossibly good shooting from their bench has not held up - as most of us knew it would not. So in other words, the team has come back down to Earth after that ridiculously hot start. 

Yes, the Spurs are still rolling, but the Spurs do things differently than LA and they tend to take the regular season a lot more eriously as well. And of course they are looking at having home court if they should face LA in the Playoffs. LA believes - probably correctly - that they can go on the road and beat any of their Western rivals in a seven game series. But the other Western teams will need home court to pull off the upset, assuming everyone concerned is healthy. The Lakers are still the deepest and most talented team in the NBA in my opinion and if they are healthy come April, May and June, they are still the team to beat. 

Getting Bynum back in the flow is a huge step towards that goal at the end of the season. By re-integrating Bynum, LA is able to move Gasol back to his natural power forward position and remove the need for him to guard centers. This will reduce his wear and tear. They can also move Odom back to the bench, thus reducing HIS wear and tear and allowing him to be the complement he was last year. This also increases the bench scoring and depth as well - they currently have little big-guy depth on that bench, due to Ratliff's injuries. This will help. Assuming Bynum's rehab continues smoothly, we should start seeing the real Lakers in a month or so, once they are able to heal up and get everyone back in game shape. Are they then going to sweep through the West? Of course not. There are too many good teams and LA has a tendency to coast at times, as we already noted. 

And in any event, despite the Lakers' early struggles, they are still 14-6. Not 6-14. As Mr. Golliver noted, they are still in fourth place in the West and the season is still very young. There is plenty of time for them to make their move and the teams ahead of them have issues as well. So there is absolutely no reason to panic. The regular season is a marathon, not a sprint, and the Lakers know that. They are pointing toward the playoffs. As long as they are healthy, rested and ready in April, that is when they want to be at their best - not the dog days of December.

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 8:41 pm

Lakers' Andrew Bynum goes through 5-on-5 practice

We will forgive you for your comments. You're a Knicks fan so it's been since the Allan Houston and Patrick Ewing days that you have had a legit playoff team. Don't forget the Lakers still lead their division and if Andrew Bynum is only asked to play half of a season, then he should be just fine for the playoffs.

Since: Jun 16, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2010 7:48 pm

Lakers' Andrew Bynum goes through 5-on-5 practice

Agreed. They are 14-6 after all.

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2010 7:46 pm

Lakers' Andrew Bynum goes through 5-on-5 practice

20 games into the season and you're saying the Lakers are done. Dude you dont have a clue.

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2010 7:15 pm

Lakers' Andrew Bynum goes through 5-on-5 practice

You must be smoking something the Spurs are old and Dallas will be Dallas as usual we are maybe 20 games in and yo predict the dimise of the champs wow. You might want to at least wait until the allstar game befor looking silly. The lakers are loaded all they did was sure up the bench which was the weak point last yr terrible player you say funny til he hurt his knee the kid was dominant. If he hadnt gone done with the injury Boston would not have lasted 5 games last yr .

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2010 6:47 pm

Lakers' Andrew Bynum goes through 5-on-5 practice

Terrible player getting ready to join a team on a downward path. Looks like SA and Dallas are far better teams than LA this year. I predict Andrew "The 8th Grader" Bynum will not be on the playoff roster. Tough luck being a Laker fan these days. Horrible.

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