Update: From the official Lakers Twitter — Bynum will play tonight! Here’s a Twitpic.
Great news, Lakers fans — Andrew Bynum might come back tonight! From Shelly Smith, ESPN (via TrueHoop):
Phil Jackson was non-committal at Lakers shoot-around as to whether center Andrew Bynum, back on the roster after missing more than two months with a knee injury, would see playing time Thursday night when the conference-leading Lakers play red-hot Denver at the Staples Center.
“We’ll wait for it and discuss it tonight,” Jackson said of his young center’s chances of playing. Jackson added it was a matter of Bynum’s “going out on the court pre-game, doing some shooting and coming back and saying, ‘Hey, I feel good,’ basically.”
Jackson said he really wants Bynum to play and get himself back into strong, comfortable position so that he can help the Lakers in the post-season. That tonight’s opponent is currently the second-place Nuggets, potentially the matchup in the Western Conference Finals, is intriguing only that “they are a playoff team, and it’s important for him to experience that.”
Damn, would it be great to have Diaper Drew back this far out before the playoffs. We shall see…