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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Bynum's Achilles injury progressing

By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum said Tuesday he had no ill effects from his workout Monday afternoon in El Segundo. He plans to continue his recovery from a left Achilles tendon injury this afternoon in an effort to return to game action when the Lakers open the playoffs against Oklahoma City this weekend.

Bynum ran for 20 minutes Monday on a special anti-gravity treadmill with the ability to lessen the body weight of an athlete and limiting leg strain while the player is rehabilitating an injury. Yesterday he "took about 30 pounds off" and plans on running without any weight restrictions in his next session.

Coach Phil Jackson was optimistic after the team's morning shootaround and is looking forward to a greater degree of participation from Bynum later this week.

"Drew seemed to be in good spirits this morning," he said. "Our anticipation is he's going to do some individual work on Thursday, even though we don't have a practice scheduled for our team, then he'll practice Friday and Saturday."

Bynum, injured March 19 vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves, has missed 11 games and won't play in either of the Lakers final two regular season games.

If Bynum can return for Game 1 of the NBA playoffs, it would coincide with the return of Kobe Bryant, who is resting an avulsion fracture of the finger.

Brian Kamenetzky covers the Lakers and is author of the Land O' Lakers blog on ESPNLosAngeles.com