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Lakers' Andrew Bynum says fluid in his knee has returned

June 2, 2010 |  2:02 pm

Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who had fluid drained out of his right knee Monday, said the knee has swollen up again over the last few days.

Bynum said the swelling had been expected.

He said his knee "is the same as before it got drained."

"We were just kind of hoping it wouldn't so it would feel better," Bynum said. "But I'm used to playing with the swelling in there. It's not any bigger than before we drained it. So, I'm just going to go out there and play."

Bynum did some light practicing Wednesday at Staples Center and said he still expects to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

He said he did some of the half-court fast-break drills during practice, but none of the full-court stuff.

"The tear [in the cartilage] is still going to be there. The problem is still there, so [the fluid] is probably going to come back," Bynum said.

Bynum said he'll be just as limited as he was during the Western Conference playoffs.

Bynum said he could get the knee drained again before the Finals begin, but that he won't do that.

"I want to play," Bynum said. "It's just that I don't want to miss the Finals. I want to get through the whole playoffs, which is something for me that I'm just trying to do. It just makes me feel better. My teammates expect that. Everybody expects that. As long as I contribute, it's worth the pain."

Bynum said the swelling will persist until he has surgery over the summer.

-- Broderick Turner