Jackson on Bynum: ‘I haven’t got any expectations’

Lakers coach Phil Jackson didn’t have much of an update on the status of his center Andrew Bynum today. Most of the team was given the day off and Bynum was expected to meet with his doctor today to evaluate his knee.

As for Game 5 on Sunday, Jackson said he doesn’t know what to expect from Bynum.

“I haven’t got any expectations,” Jackson said. “I don’t know what his condition is today. He was going to see the doctor later this morning, but in the transition I didn’t get another check with him.”

Bynum played 12 minutes last night and sat out most of the second half because of discomfort in his knee, which has given him trouble throughout the series. When the team returns to practice tomorrow, Jackson said the key will be watching Bynum’s mobility.


“If he can’t get back in defense transition-wise, and that’s one of the things they’re trying to attack with our first unit obviously when Andrew is out there is [to] try and run, then obviously he’s going to hurt the team. But even with him dragging the leg around a little bit, he still helped us in situations last night getting rebounds, that I thought a lot of our other guys — got the ball knocked out of their hands, fumbled the ball, went out of bounds off of them.

“Andrew still has the length and the strength to capture the rebounds that we need. So we’ll use him if he’s available and able, but we’re certainly not going to put him in a situation that’s either going to hurt himself or the team.”

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