- Dave McMenamin, ESPN.com
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Andrew Bynum spoke to reporters after practice Tuesday while wearing his complete Lakers home uniform for promo spots for the Finals. But his outlook a day after having 2½ fluid ounces drained from his right knee Monday, or "a couple syringes worth" as the Los Angeles starting center put it, wasn't quite as bright as his crisp yellow jersey.
"It feels about the same, to be honest," Bynum said about his right knee that has a slight tear of the meniscus that will require surgery to repair it in the offseason. "The procedure was good. I think I just need to fight through it until we get the surgery done. This is the last hurrah; this is the last show, so I'm ready to give everything."
Bynum said the procedure has alleviated pressure from his hamstring tendon and his iliotibial band, the muscles that run along the outer portion of the leg.
"We're concerned but we're not troubled by it," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.
The 22-year old who averaged career highs in points (15.0) and rebounds (8.3) during the regular season did not practice Tuesday, using the time for a therapy regimen that includes icing, electro stimulation and wearing a compression boot that fits all the way up the leg and is used to pump swelling out.
"I'm excited to go into tomorrow's practice to kind of get my rhythm back and get some conditioning back," Bynum said about the one practice he planned on participating in before Game 1 on Thursday. "I'm ready to start. The sooner we start, the better it is for me. Rest wise, I don't think it's going to do too much more. I kind of want the day to come."
Bynum, who is averaging 9.1 points and 7.7 points in 24.2 minutes per game in the postseason, will face up against Kendrick Perkins of the Boston Celtics in the championship round. Perkins is averaging just 5.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in the playoffs.
Weighing in at 280 pounds, Perkins has the girth to combat with the 289-pound Bynum, but not the growth. The Celtics center is just 6-10 as compared to the 7-foot Bynum.
"With the height difference, I'll be able to use my left and right hook," Bynum said. "When I was watching the tape, that's what I was looking at, looking at footwork. I just got to take my time. He's a strong dude, so he'll be definitely pushing against you, at the same time, if I give him a bump, he won't be able to jump."
Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.
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