Nobody wants to say it out loud, for fear of a jinx, but there are whispers around the Lakers that Andrew Bynum will be back by the end of March or early April. Sooner than most thought and in plenty of time for the playoffs.
Tuesday he showed up to a Lakers practice and was quick to show off how fast he is recovering.
"He said the swelling is minimum right now that he has," Jackson said. "He's walking without aid. So he feels pretty good about what he's doing. We know that this first two weeks is going to be kind of sketchy. As he starts healing, things will start changing a little bit."
After last season, when Bynum’s recovery dragged on worse than a Gray’s Anatomy story line, everybody around the Lakers is gun-shy about saying anything positive this time around.
But the whispers are there — he looks good. He’ll start rehab soon. And with a little luck he will be back with plenty of time to get in shape before the playoffs.
Just don’t say that too loud.