Andrew Bynum goes through first full practice, reports 'no pain, no symptoms'
Lakers center Andrew Bynum took part in 30 to 40 minutes of a full-court scrimmage and completed his first full practice since undergoing knee surgery in July, the latest step in a comeback that might finally be complete next week.
"No pain, no symptoms," he said Monday at the Lakers' training facility. "I just want to get a couple more practices in, keep working on timing and just come back."
Because of a glut of games and travel days this week, the Lakers won't practice again until Saturday in New York and then next Monday in Washington, D.C.
They play the Wizards a week from Tuesday, but neither Bynum nor the Lakers wanted to commit to a specific date for his first game since undergoing surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.
He scrimmaged full-court five-on-five and even dunked a couple of times Monday, he said. The scrimmage was closed to the media.
"For me, it's like my first training camp," he said, smiling. "I'm excited. Everybody else is kind of like, ugh..."
Bynum says there is no swelling in the knee, though he wants to work on his "quick jumps," when he comes down after a rebound and has to jump back up again.
"That's the only thing I need to get completely back. The quickness is a little off," he said. "That's just going to come with timing, that's going to come with more work in the weight room."
Bynum, 23, averaged 15 points and 8.3 rebounds in 30.4 minutes a game last season.
"I think the surgery went well," he said. "I thank my doc for that. He said I would be OK and I am."
-- Mike Bresnahan
Photo: Andrew Bynum answers quesions courtside at Staples Center in June. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times