Andrew Bynum is not expected to play in any of the Lakers’ eight exhibition games next month and there is some concern that he might not be fit to play in the regular-season opener Oct. 26, according to team spokesman John Black.
The Lakers open training camp Sunday in El Segundo. They start exhibition play Oct. 4 against the Minnesota Timberwolves in London. Then they begin their quest for a third consecutive NBA championship Oct. 26 against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.
There were two other medical updates today. First Kobe Bryant also had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee during the offseason. Unlike Bynum, Bryant is “right on target” to begin camp, according to Black. Second, Luke Walton, who was limited to only 29 games last season because of a pinched back nerve, told Black recently that his back “feels great.” The Lakers will wait and see how Walton fares during the rigors of camp.