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Lakers' Andrew Bynum targets November as return date to play

September 25, 2010 | 12:11 pm

Bynum_300 Lakers center Andrew Bynum said Saturday at the team's media day that he won't be back playing in the regular season as soon as many in the organization thought.

Bynum had right knee surgery July 28, and is still recovering, unable to do anything during training camp.

The two-time reigning NBA champion Lakers play their first regular season game on Oct. 26 against the Houston Rockets. Not long after that, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson had said Bynum would be ready to play in a game.

Not so.

"I see more towards the end of November," Bynum said. "The doctors are telling me this could be somewhere around there. There's no exact date."

Bynum said it'll be four more weeks of rehabilitating his knee before he can get on the court.

Bynum was criticized by the media and fans for having the surgery so late. He had the knee drained so that he could attend the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa and to take a vacation in Europe.

Bynum said the best thing is for him to be healthy for the rest of the season.

 "Obviously [the criticism is] because [I] could get the surgery the next day," Bynum said. "But you kind of got to be ready to go into surgery. I don't think that's the thing you want to do coming off a long season and coming off a championship.  I kind of took my time with it, and I'm fine."

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Andrew Bynum during Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals last May. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times