Lakers' Bynum doubts he will be back this season

Updated: May 3, 2008, 2:18 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who has been out since January with a knee injury, is unlikely to return during the playoffs, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Andrew Bynum

Bynum

"I doubt there's going to be a comeback this year," Andrew Bynum told the Times on Friday. "I've got to get my knee straight. At this point, I'd have to train for a good month just to be able to go out there and play."

The injured Lakers center is not planning to start practicing anytime soon. If the Lakers were to make the NBA Finals, the earliest start date for the series would be June 3.

Bynum briefly dislocated his left knee cap. He has a bone bruise in the same knee, which has caused him to sit out since Jan. 13. Bynum said the knee is no longer swelling but is painful.

"It's frustrating because I can do everything but what pertains to basketball -- running and jumping, defensive slides," he told the Times.

Bynum averaged 17.3 points and 12.2 rebounds in six games in January before he was injured.