Andrew Bynum played in a 5-on-5 game during the Lakers’ short practice today, the first time he’s participated in a regular full-contact scrimmage with his teammates since undergoing offseason right knee surgery July 28. The true measure of how Bynum fared won’t be known until Sunday, when he and the Lakers will learn if he has any lingering soreness or swelling. The Lakers don’t have a practice scheduled for Sunday, but will return to the court for a workout Monday in advance of Tuesday’s game against Washington. The Lakers have no firm timetable for Bynum’s season debut.
“We’re just watching him, analyzing him in how it goes from day to day,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “We really won’t know that until tomorrow (Sunday) and he comes back and says he had a little puffiness on the knee. Or whatever. Or he doesn’t and he’s fine and raring to go. Then you know he can absorb more training as we go along. And his conditioning is the issue right now and his timing more than anything else.”