Saturday , Sep , 06 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Andrew Bynum: I’m Stronger than Last Year

"I’m doing well, man," the 7-footer said during a news conference at the Lakers’ practice facility. "The knee’s good. Everything’s ready to go, 100 percent. I’ve been training, getting stronger."


"Actually, I’m better," Bynum said when asked to compared his fitness to last summer. "My times on the track are better and I’m able to lift more weights. I’m stronger. I weigh about the same, I’m 285 [pounds] with less body fat."

Bynum said he looked forward to working with Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar again this season. Abdul-Jabbar, the leading scorer in NBA history, has served as a mentor to Bynum, who jumped from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, N.J., to the pro ranks.