Can't buy me love, can buy me good news for Andrew Bynum
If I seem distracted, it's because the TV in the media room at the practice facility happens to be turned to a station showing Can't Buy Me Love. Classic film, with important lessons about how we treat our fellow man. "Cools, nerds, your side, my side. Man, it's all (b.s.). It's just tough enough just to be yourself."
Think about it.
Something else to think about? The return of Andrew Bynum. He practiced today, including some five-on-five scrimmaging. I didn't get a chance to talk with him myself courtesy of a late departure from Lakers Blog HQ and construction on La Cienega, but thanks to some LATeamwork heard the audio of his time with the media (high five to Broderick Turner). Fair to say that Bynum was in a great mood, and reported no complications from increased activity. "I just played. It was great to be with the guys and out
there. I just went hard. That's what they pay you to do, that's what they want
you to do," he said. Bynum was excited to test the knee and take a little contact.
"You need to be pushed, jump in the air, land on one leg, and all that. Everything's positive so far. I just hope it keeps going the way it is."
If it was up to him, Bynum said he'd love to play tomorrow against the ever listing Clipper ship. It isn't, and he won't. But he does look good for a return over the next ten days or so, in time to get a little burn before the playoffs. In the meantime, he'll need to get his wind back and continue to build confidence in the knee (Derek Fisher has some interesting comments about the process of coming back from injury in the video below). As far as minutes go, Bynum seemed unconcerned.
"I don't care when (the minutes) come," he said. "I'm just going to go out there and try to be effective. My job is very easy. Run to the front of the rim, post up, get the ball in the basket, block shots, and rebound."
Needless to say, Bynum's five on five work was the highlight of a practice that saw a lot of resting from the team's headliners. No Kobe, no Pau, no D-Fish. As I mentioned, though, it's worth listening to Fish's post practice comments.
Pau Gasol, on last night's game, Bynum, and fatigue:
Derek Fisher, on Bynum and the process of recovering from injury. He also has some interesting thoughts about the Lakers and the toughness issue. How they've learned to adapt against opponents that look first to beat them off their game and into submission. Fish notes that the Lakers are a team that has a philosophy of execution, movement, and passing, and won't change just to throw elbows, but playing "their way" and being tough aren't mutually exclusive: