Bynum sits, Jackson gets sarcastic

Andrew Bynum did not practice today because of soreness in his left knee, but hopes to play in Tuesday’s game against the Houston Rockets. Bynum sat out the season’s first 24 games after undergoing surgery to mend torn cartilage in his right knee July 28. He scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds during the Lakers’ loss Sunday to Boston.

Meanwhile, Lakers coach Phil Jackson joked his way through a heavy barrage of questions about the state of the team in the wake of its losses Sunday to the Celtics and Friday to the Sacramento Kings. He jokingly mentioned the word “suicide” when asked what the Lakers needed to change in their approach to their next game.

“Suicide?” a reporter asked.
“Yes, suicide,” Jackson responded, smiling.
“You’re going to drink some Kool-Aid?” the reporter asked.
“We’ll drink the Kool-Aid,” Jackson said, laughing.

When the same reporter asked Lamar Odom about suicide, the Lakers’ backup forward and All-Star candidate smiled and then shook his head before saying, “No, no, no. There’s no coming back from that. That’s it. I’m not committing suicide.”