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Andrew Bynum participates in five-on-five scrimmage in Saturday's practice

December 4, 2010 |  2:07 pm

The latest on Andrew Bynum's rehabilitation efforts for his surgically repaired right knee: He participated in full-court and half-court five-on-five scrimmages during Saturday's practice.

He said earlier this week that he's eyeing a return at some point during the Lakers' nine-day trip beginning Dec. 10, but Coach Phil Jackson didn't provide a definitive timetable, adding that it's hard to make a definitive assessment because he wants to see how Bynum's body responds the day after practice.

"He said he's tired, which is natural," Jackson said. "It's going to happen. He said there was one moment that he had a little twinge, but other than that it was OK."

The Lakers plan to take a day off Sunday, but Jackson said he wants to have Bynum participate in more five-on-five drills Monday to improve his conditioning and timing.

"We're not going to have many practices before this road trip," Jackson said, "so it's important we get these in."

Meanwhile, backup center Theo Ratliff ran on a treadmill and completed an elliptical-machine workout; Jackson reported he experienced swelling around his surgically repaired left knee.

-- Mark Medina
Twitter.com/latmedina

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