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Andrew Bynum Might Not Be Ready For Lakers' Season Opener

Lakers' center Andre Bynum is recovering slower than expected from offseason surgery on his right knee, and now appears to be in jeopardy of missing the season opener, which is October 26 at home against Houston. Per Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register:

"We’re hopeful that he’ll be ready for the start of the season," Lakers spokesman John Black said Wednesday.

Black said there is "an outside chance" that Bynum will be able to take part in the team’s final exhibition games Oct. 21 and 22. But right now, Bynum remains in the therapy segment of his rehabilitation, a long way from serious workouts or basketball activities.

Bynum battled injuries last season, but was healthy enough to play all 23 playoff games for the Lakers, averaging 8.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game in the postseason. In the regular season, he averaged 15.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 65 games.

Bynum has missed 96 of 246 games over the last three seasons.