Bynum's knee 'doing pretty good,' Jackson says
Injured Lakers center Andrew Bynum will be in the starting lineup Thursday in Game 1 of the NBA Finals three days after getting fluid drained from his right knee.
"He's doing pretty good," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Thursday morning after the team's shoot-around. "He said it felt good today and he's ready to go."
How much can the Lakers get out of Bynum, whose size will be needed to counteract the physical front line of the Boston Celtics?
"I hope we get over half a game," Jackson said.
Bynum has been fighting through torn knee cartilage since late April. He did not talk to reporters Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, NBA officials contacted the Lakers and asked the team's coaching staff to stop offering players $50 incentives to take charges.
It is believed that the NBA was concerned that such incentives would circumvent the salary cap. In reality, the incentives were a reallocation of a season-long "fine pool" that Lakers coaches collected from players for being late to practices or games, among other misdeeds.
Jackson said he would come up with a different incentive for players.
"I told them I'd give them a gold star or a red star," he said dryly.
-- Mike Bresnahan