While Pau Gasol is feeling great after a summer off from basketball, L.A.’s other 7-footer, Andrew Bynum, continues to rehabilitate his right knee from surgery in late July and will not be ready to participate at the onset of the team’s training camp on Saturday, Sept. 25.
Bynum underwent a minor operation on July 28 to correct a small tear of the anterior horn of the lateral meniscus in his right knee that he suffered in the first round of the playoffs, and has been doing therapy throughout August and September with Lakers Athletic Performance Coordinator Alex McKechnie as well as physical therapist Judy Seto.
The 22-year-old center, however, is not yet ready to participate in basketball activities. According to team spokesman John Black, the team is hopeful Bynum will be able to resume playing towards the end of training camp, but his progress will be measured on a day-to-day basis as camp and the preseason progress.
Things were a bit different to open the 2009-10 season, as Bynum posted double-doubles in eight of L.A.’s first nine games, averaging 18.4 points and 11.8 rebounds while Gasol was out with a strained hamstring.