Lakers center Andrew Bynum took part in Wednesday morning’s shoot-around, his first on-court work since sustaining a strained left Achilles’ tendon March 19.
“I did a lot of offense,” Bynum said, smiling. “My touch is still there.”
He has not practiced with contact, a step he is saving for practice later this week. The Lakers are expected to begin playoffs Sunday against Oklahoma City at Staples Center.
Bynum said he felt minor pain near his ankle bone whenever he jumped but said it would not hinder him. He seemed eager to go through a full practice Thursday, or more likely, Friday.
“Obviously it’s going to be different when I’m on the court with your ankles and kind of turning them and stuff like that,” Bynum said. “That’s just the last step, though.”
Reserve guard Jordan Farmar, who sustained a strained left hamstring Tuesday against Sacramento, said he felt significantly better Wednesday morning and might play tonight against the Clippers. He said he would “absolutely” be ready for the Lakers’ playoff opener.