Bynum to return for Lakers

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WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Lakers centre Andrew Bynum is expected to make his season debut Tuesday night against the Washington Wizards.

Bynum missed the first 24 games of the campaign while recovering from off-season knee surgery. The Lakers went 17-7 in his absence, though they have lost five of their past nine games.

The seven-footer underwent the procedure on July 28 to repair a meniscus injury in his right knee that was more damaged than originally thought.

He suffered the tear in Game 6 of the Lakers' first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City last season, 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.

The 22-year-old played in 65 regular-season games for Los Angeles last season, posting a career-high 15.0 points with 8.3 boards per game.

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


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