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Andrew Bynum still not satisfied with health

February 21, 2011 |  6:16 pm

Bynum_325 For all the progress Lakers center Andrew Bynum has made with his surgically repaired right knee, there remains one thing that's still bothering him.

That entails the timing of his jump, particularly when attempting put-backs. It's perhaps ironic that Bynum spent part of NBA All-Star weekend promoting a newly released DVD titled "Celebrity Sweat" that details his workout regime when it seems he can never get fully healthy. But a company spokesperson said Bynum's extended history made him a viable candidate because he could speak from experience on the rehab process. Still, in Bynum's case he's far from satisfied with recovery from his latest surgery.

“It’s getting better, but I don’t feel the same (as) before surgery,” said Bynum, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on July 28 and missed the first 24 games of the regular season.

Bynum's numbers from January to February have dipped in points per game (from 13.6 to 11.1) and field-goal percentage (58.1% to 51.4%), despite having on average a similar amount of field-goal attempts per game (9.06 to 9). But of this problem equally points to the team's inconsistency in getting the ball inside and Bynum's never-ending quest in proving his timing. Case in point, Bynum's six-of-10 mark in the Lakers' 92-86 win on Feb. 10 over Boston and eight-of-15 effort in the team's 89-75 loss on Feb. 13 to Orlando fully illustrated his value on defense and high-percentage shots. With exception to his two-of-12 clip in the Lakers' 104-99 loss on Feb. 16 to Cleveland, Bynum averaged a 61.7% rate in the seven other games in February, but he only had at least 10 field-goal attempts in three of the eight contests. Still, Bynum at least remains confident his timing will eventually help rectify the inconsistency.

“It will come back,” he said. “Just need work and time.”

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum battles Jazz forward C.J. Miles and two of his teammates for a rebound in a game last month at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times