AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Lakers coach Phil Jackson said today he’s uncertain how he will use Andrew Bynum when the 7-foot center comes back from a torn right knee ligament. Jackson suggested that it might be best for Bynum and the Lakers if he filled a reserve role when he first rejoins the active roster. Jackson did not rule out using Bynum as a starter, however.
“We’ll just have to see how he comes back, not when,” Jackson said. “Does he come back in condition where he can play 25 to 30 minutes? Is he going to be a ‘Starbury’ (Stephon Marbury of the Boston Celtics) where he’s playing 12 or 14 minutes a game, and then increase it that way? So, we’ll see how he fits in. He’s running on the court, and that’s about it. He’s doing some basketball skills. There’s a considerable amount of time before he’s even able to practice with us.”