Through three practices the only comment Andrew Bynum has on the stability of his surgically repaired knee is that it’s fine.
“Not even thinking about it. It’s 100% still. I haven’t had any pain or anything like that. The only thing I do have to do is design a better brace because it keeps kind of sliding down. It’s kind of annoying,” said the Lakers big man after today’s morning session. “I don’t have any fear anymore. If feels stronger. It feels better than last year. I don’t have any fear at all.”
Head Coach Phil Jackson characterized Bynum as “tired” during practice, but Andrew views that as Jackson trying to keep him motivated. “He always says that. When has he not said that. I think it’s just a little bit of a motivating factor to kind of keep me going.”
A major focus of training camp will be integrating the low post presence of Bynum with fellow seven-footer Pau Gasol. So far the two have been finding it easy to co-exist down low. “I feel comfortable. I haven’t really gotten a chance to play too much with Pau but for the most part it’s pretty cool,” commented Bynum. “We just kind of flip-flop. If he gets the rebound then I’ll sprint out. If I get the rebound he sprints out.”
Expectations for the 20-year old Center are high after last season’s breakout effort, but Bynum seems to be the one aiming the highest. “For me it’s just that I want to be the best player I can be. I want to be an All-Star. Try to be a 20 and 10 player. It’s kind of tough in the West, but I think I’ll be able to do it.”