Lakers' Bynum declares himself completely healthy
Los Angeles Lakerscenter Andrew Bynum says he is completely healthy eight months after suffering a left knee injury that ended his 2007-08 season.
"Everything's ready to go. I'm 100 percent," Bynum told the Los Angeles Times. "I think I'm the only guy who wants to see the season start tomorrow. I can't wait to play with the fellows. I haven't done that in so long. I'm excited."
Bynum, 20, had arthroscopic surgery in the spring and recently completed six weeks of training in Atlanta. He had injured the knee Jan. 13 and was diagnosed with a bone bruise and dislocated kneecap.
Bynum is eligible to become a restricted free agent following the upcoming season if he does not negotiate a contract extension with the Lakers. There is an Oct. 31 deadline to sign a deal, which can max out at $80 million over five years according to terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
"We would like to have his future with the club secured by then," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told the paper.
Said Bynum: "If I handle my business on the court, the business off the court will be handled. It would be nice to get it done before the season. Obviously, I think about it, but I'm going to be out there either way."