During Saturday’s practice, Bynum participated in 1-on-1 drills for the first time, going up against rookie center Derrick Caracter in a session he said went well. Bynum also went through some skill work, execution drills and a rebounding session with the team.
“We had a little bit of contact because we did a double rebound session that put bodies on bodies out there to see how he’d react,” said Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, who said that his 7-footer responded well.
Bynum’s next progression will be a game of 3-on-3, which he hopes comes soon.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” the 23-year-old offered. “Getting in shape … I got a little bit bigger in my upper body, working out my legs, just trying to get strong, stay strong.”
“”We’re starting to put him on the floor (to do skill work) and see how he reacts to that,” said Jackson. “We can’t gauge what’s going to go on until tomorrow, basically, see how he feels after a work out like this.”
As has been the case throughout training camp and the regular season, Bynum has yet to identify a specific target date for his return, though he acknowledged that the middle of the month is a reasonable goal.
“I want to get back probably more than they want me back at this point because they want me to be healthy,” Bynum concluded.