Jackson Talks Bynum

Before Sunday’s game against Washington, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson answered a few questions about Andrew Bynum and his Achilles tendon strain.

Here’s the gist:

Q: On moving forward in the short term:
Jackson: I think we’re ready to move forward. This is a team that is more of a speed team (now). We increase the volume of shots, we increase the tempo of the game we play. It will be a lot different team. We’ll play outside-inside a little bit more than (when) Andrew (is playing).

Q: On if the Lakers will be able to adjust back to how they were playing before Bynum got hurt when he gets back:
Jackson: I think so. I think this team has adjusted and (is) adaptable to (having) Andrew in and out of the lineup in the last three years so we can do that.

Q: On being optimistic about his return (Bynum is set to be reevaluated in one week):
Jackson: The best thing I heard today is the fact that he felt better from day one to day two.

Jackson also explained that the toughest part of the injury is that Bynum will have trouble staying in the same cardiovascular shape he was in since the Achilles injury limits his activity level until it’s better.