Despite having his knee drained only three days ago, Andrew Bynum will start tonight’s Game 1 for the Los Angeles Lakers. (Mike Bresnahan, LA Times)
In regards to Bynum, Phil Jackson told reporters, “He said it felt pretty good today and he’s ready to go.”
It remains to be seen how well Bynum will play. He looked slowed during the Phoenix series and, just yesterday, was quoted as saying the fluid drainage had given him little relief.
Bynum’s health is one of the keys to the series, mostly because the Lakers have an extraordinarily thin frontcourt.
Another nugget from the Lakers: the NBA has asked Phil Jackson to stop paying his players $50 for every charge they take. Jackson joked with reporters that he will now reward his players for charges with a gold star.