Lakers hope Andrew Bynum's suspension gets reduced
The NBA season will be 19.5% shorter than usual, and the Lakers hope Andrew Bynum's five-game suspension gets trimmed as well.
Bynum appealed the league-imposed penalty through the players' union but has not been formally told whether it would be reduced. It's been low on the priority list for obvious reasons, mainly the players and owners still hammering out a collective-bargaining agreement.
Bynum was suspended after committing a flagrant foul on Dallas guard Jose Barea in the final game of last season's Western Conference semifinals.
Because of the lockout length, the season will be 66 games instead of the usual 82.
The Lakers begin the season with three games in three nights: Dec. 25 at home against Chicago, Dec. 26 at Sacramento and Dec. 27 at home against Utah.
Then they have two more home games, Dec. 29 against New York and Dec. 31 against Denver, before Bynum is currently scheduled to return Jan. 1 at Denver.
Bynum, 24, averaged 11.3 points and 9.4 rebounds last season.
-- Mike Bresnahan
Photo: Andrew Bynum. Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times.