Getting a better Andrew Bynum is part of the Lakers' plan for improvement.
"Historically, he's been good at running, post-sprinting," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "He hasn't done much of that lately, and that's an important part we have to get back."
Bynum is coming off offseason surgery to his right knee, which caused him to miss the first 24 regular-season games. He is now dealing with a bone bruise on his left knee that cost him one game.
Jackson said Bynum has work to do on defense, too.
"We're about him getting the position, blocking shots, being active, challenging people coming into the lane," Jackson said.
Said Bynum: "I still need a little bit more time, but I'll get it back."
In 28 minutes Saturday at New Orleans, Bynum had 12 points and seven rebounds.
LAKERS 101, HORNETS 95: Pau Gasol's season-high 34 points lifted the Lakers to victory in New Orleans. Gasol preyed on a Hornets frontcourt missing injured Emeka Okafor and ill Jason Smith. Kobe Bryant needed 22 shots to produce 32 points.
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