Bynum to miss start of season

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EL SEGUNDO, CA - Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum will miss the start of the 2010-11 season as he continues to recover from off- season knee surgery.

Bynum underwent the procedure on July 28 to repair a meniscus injury in his right knee that was more damaged than he originally thought.

He suffered the tear in Game 6 of the Lakers' first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City, but still started all 23 of the team's postseason games. He averaged 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.57 blocks to help the Lakers to their second consecutive NBA title.

Speaking at the Lakers media day on Saturday, the 7-foot center said he will have to go through an additional four weeks of rehabilitation before he is ready to resume basketball activities.

Bynum targeted late November as a possible return date.

The 22-year-old played in 65 regular-season games for Los Angeles this past season, posting 15.0 points and 8.3 boards per game.

The former first round pick has been bothered by injuries throughout his five- year career and has played in all 82 regular season games just once, during the 2006-07 campaign, and has played in more than 50 regular season games just twice.


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