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Lakers unsure when Andrew Bynum will return

December 12, 2010 | 10:20 am

Bynum_300 Andrew Bynum's return remains in a state of flux, seemingly changing by the day as he rehabilitates the right knee he had surgery on over the summer.

Last week, before the Lakers began their six-game East Coast trip, Bynum and the team said the 7-foot center would play Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. against the Wizards.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was asked before Sunday's game against the New Jersey Nets if Bynum still would return Tuesday.

"We're not putting anything on it until after we get through a practice Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday," Jackson said. "One of those games he's going to make it."

The Tuesday game is at the Washington Wizards, Wednesday's game is at the Indiana Pacers, Friday's game is at the Philadelphia 76ers and Sunday's game that finishes the trip is at the Toronto Raptors.

There was a time when Bynum had said he would probably return Dec. 19 at Toronto.

But after a couple of  five-on-five practices, Bynum and the Lakers had moved that time up, hoping he would play Tuesday.

The plan was for Bynum to practice Saturday in New York, but it was cancelled because Lakers spent almost two hours on their bus getting from the airport in New Jersey to their hotel in New York.

The next practice is scheduled for Monday in D.C.

But that's part of meeting with President Obama at a Boys and Girls Club in the area.

It could mean that the Lakers won't get the type of practice in they need for Bynum.

"We've got to get a practice in," Bynum said. "We haven't really been able to do that. Hopefully we'll practice (Monday)."

-- Broderick Turner, reporting from East Rutherford, N.J.

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum tries to block a shot by Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett in the NBA Finals last spring. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times