Sunday, October 24, 2010


Jun. 09, 2010 - Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES - epa02194140 Los Angeles Lakers' Andrew Bynum responds to questions during a press conference after team practice at TD Gardens in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 09 June 2010. The Lakers lead the series over the Boston Celtics 2-1 in a best of seven games NBA Finals.

It looks like the start of the Lake Shows season wont be such a turkey after all. The perfect gift for the Lakers may come before Christmas as Phil Jackson expects that Thanksgiving is a good time frame for the return of post presence Andrew Bynum. Bynum hopes to be back on the block soon after increasing his practices and running on the treadmill. Just weeks ago his basketball activity was minimal, but I guess 'Drew's tired of these knee injuries keeping his career on a standstill. Coach Jackson believes that Bynum's strength and conditioning will take time but all he needs is a couple of practices to get into shape for the triangle. Jax also shared Andrew's relentless drive to return but stated, "We want him to be able to go in and sustain that effort when he does get back. We want him back tomorrow, but if he's back in two or three or four weeks, we understand what it's going to take."

Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol poses for photos during the basketball team's media day at the Lakers training facility in El Segundo, California on September 25, 2010. The Lakers will try to three-peat this season after winning back-to-back NBA championship titles. UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

In the meantime forward/centre Pau Gasol has been asked to step things up. Not because his play isn't enough however, the Spaniard is stellar. Still with the lack of Kobe, Pau must turn up the scoring and leadership and with Bynum lacking in the centre, Pau will have to take the post as the biggest man up front. Gasol believes his game also needs work but judging from his development over the years he's definitely up to task. See how far he's come from the losing Finals against Boston two years back to the winning ones this year. Gasol told media, "I'm not discontent with where I'm at right now. Like I said, I look forward to the start-up Tuesday and to be really aggressive on both ends and step up the intensity level. Let's go Gasol! Lets go Lakers! Let's get it! TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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