The Lakers have been struggling in the middle with Pau Gasol and Derrick Character. Phil Jackson has been over using Gasol because Ratliff went down with knee surgery a couple weeks ago. Character is always in foul trouble and being just a rookie, Phil can’t count on him to be out there too long. Bynum gives the Lakers more length and someone who can take minutes away from Gasol to let him rest.
Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum is targeting the game at the Washington Wizards on Dec. 14 for his season debut after missing every game thus far while recovering from surgery on his right knee.
Bynum told ESPN.com of his anticipated return date after an on-court workout before the Lakers played the Wizards at Staples Center Tuesday night in Los Angeles, the 21st game of the season that Bynum has missed. The Lakers have three more games — against the Clippers, at the Chicago Bulls and at the New Jersey Nets — before playing the Wizards again in Washington.