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Lakers' Andrew Bynum has successful surgery

July 28, 2010 |  4:38 pm

Lakers center Andrew Bynum had successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday to repair the meniscus.

Bynum's brother, Corey Thomas, said Bynum will rehabilitate his knee for six to eight weeks.

The Lakers start training camp Sept. 25, which is earlier than usual because they will play exhibition games in London and Barcelona in early October.

The procedure was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Thomas said the doctor "found nothing surprising."

"He was in good spirits," Thomas said. "He'll be ready to go when the season starts."

Thomas said Bynum plans on returning to Los Angeles in about two days.

Bynum, 22, had his right knee drained three times last seasons -- before Games 1 and 5 in the NBA Finals and before he left for vacation to watch the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa in late June.

He suffered a hyperextended knee during Game 6 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 30, and played in pain with a swollen knee until the end of the season.

This was the second time in three years Bynum has had knee surgery.

He underwent arthroscopic surgery in 2008 after he missed the final 46 regular-season games and all of the playoffs because of a partially dislocated left kneecap.

-- Broderick Turner