Phil Jackson defends Andrew Bynum's decision to delay surgery
There's plenty of news to take away from Phil Jackson's news conference: He expects Kobe Bryant to play some minutes when the team travels to Europe. He acknowledged taking an undisclosed pay cut to come back for another year. And he kept the possibility open that "The Last Stand," may be, well, not really the last stand.
Jackson also said he doesn't expect Lakers center Andrew Bynum to play in any preseason games, and he kept open the possibility open that Bynum could miss the season opener Oct. 26 against the Rockets. Instead of blaming Bynum's delayed surgery on his right knee for the situation, he pointed a finger toward the entire organization.
"We hadn't prepared, and Andrew certainly hadn't prepared, for the fact it would take an extra month and a half or so to rehab this type of surgery," Jackson said during the 40-minute news conference. "I know he's getting battered a little bit. We could've had the operation earlier. But the end result is what it's going to be like in May and June."
Jackson said Bynum discussed his proposed surgery date -- July 18 -- during his exit interview with the coach and Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, and that both agreed to the date.
Jackson said Bynum wanted to hold off so he could travel to the World Cup, and that he liked the idea because it would help Bynum relax from a grueling season.
The surgery date was then pushed back to July 28 because Bynum's doctor wasn't available until then.
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-- Mark Medina
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