Tuesday , Oct , 21 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Jermaine O’Neal to Andrew Bynum: Be Patient

Toronto Raptors center Jermaine O’Neal jumped directly from high school to the pros. So did Lakers center Andrew Bynum. O’Neal entered the NBA as a talented teenager with what seemed to be boundless potential. So did Bynum.

O’Neal has had knee troubles in the past. So has Bynum.

The 30-year-old O’Neal offered the 20-year-old Bynum a bit of advice before O’Neal’s team, the Toronto Raptors, lost to Bynum’s Lakers 112-89 in an exhibition game Sunday night at Staples Center.

"It’s just important for him to be patient," O’Neal told a reporter after the game.