In the timetable saga that won’t quit, Lakers center Andrew Bynum said he wasn’t ready to practice this week, again pushing back his return from off-season knee surgery.
“I don’t think I’m ready yet,” he said Monday as he stood alone off to the side and watched his teammates shoot.
He said he would need “another week or two” of off-court workouts before returning to practice.
Bynum was, however, wearing a Lakers game jersey for a promotional TV shoot at the team’s training facility in El Segundo. In fact, he was one of several players singing “Jingle Bells” as part of a Lakers promotion to air on the Staples Center scoreboard next month.
Bynum has not played yet this season. He will have an MRI exam Tuesday to determine where he stands in his return from cartilage repair in his right knee.
“It feels pretty good, actually,” he said. “Make sure everything’s still good, and I can kick it up again.”
Bynum has been cleared to jump and dunk. He hopes to begin doing lateral workouts this week if the results of the MRI are favorable.
The Lakers are in no hurry to rush Bynum, seeing how they’re off to a 12-2 start. Bynum also isn’t rushing back to the lineup.
“My career is still young and I want to be able to play as many years as possible,” he said. “That’s why I want to take my time and come back. I don’t want to go out too early and then have to start all over again. Hopefully I’ll come back and be in really great shape and have my body feeling well so I can go out there and stay out there.”