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Bynum increases workload, runs on treadmill

October 24, 2010 |  2:11 pm


Lakers center Andrew Bynum has started running on a treadmill, the latest step in his gradual recovery from off-season knee surgery.

Coach Phil Jackson said he had "kind of" pegged a return date for Bynum around Thanksgiving.

"I think the basketball part is going to be easy," Jackson said. "I think the conditioning and the strengthening and those things will take time. He's going to need [only] two or three practices and he'll be back up to speed where he can go play. Reactive time, I think that's an issue, where he can react to the speed of the game."

Bynum did not talk to reporters Sunday but was eager to come back, perhaps even a little too much, Jackson said.

"I think he wants to ramp it up a little faster than we want him to," Jackson said. "We want him to be able to go in and sustain that effort when he does get back. We want him back tomorrow, but if he's back in two or three or four weeks, we understand what it's going to take."

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum tries to score against the Raptors in a regular-season game last season. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times