Wednesday , Mar , 19 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Andrew Bynum Likely to Return in First Round

Bynum has been out since Jan. 13, when he dislocated his left kneecap and bruised a bone landing on a teammate’s foot while going for a rebound. The Lakers haven’t been more specific about his recovery than saying he would be out for at least eight weeks.

But before the Lakers played the Mavericks on Tuesday night, coach Phil Jackson said he’s not expecting the 20-year-old center to return until the playoffs begin the weekend of April 18-19.

"It’s all about swelling, the pounding you take day to day," Jackson said. "He continually battles that. So it could be a couple, three weeks before he’s doing some things on the court." [ESPN]