4/15 Injury Update Part II: Andrew Bynum

D067513008.JPGL.A. got some good news as far as 7-foot, 22-year-old centers go:

Andrew Bynum worked out for about 40 minutes on Thursday morning with coaching assistants Chuck Person and Rasheed Hazzard, and suffered no ill effects, according to Lakers spokesman John Black.

The 7-footer, who missed L.A.’s final 13 games after straining his left Achilles against Minnesota on March 19, went through running, jumping and shooting drills, in addition to playing some 1-on-1.

Because Bynum responded well to the activity, he is expected to practice with the team on Friday.

Bynum has maintained for the last week that he will “definitely” play in Sunday’s first round opener against Oklahoma City, and Thursday’s news is the best sign the team has had towards that end.