Lakers' Center Bynum to Return to Action This Thursday

Jason ColdironCorrespondent IApril 8, 2009

LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 27: Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks against the Charlotte Bobcats on January 27, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Lakers today announced that Center Andrew Bynum will return from injury this Thursday against the Denver Nuggets.


Bynum has missed the past 32 games after suffering a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee Jan. 31.

A source said Lakers coach Phil Jackson telephoned Bynum Tuesday night and told him he was going to be activated for Thursday's game.


Bynum was averaging 14 points and 8.2 rebounds, with 56 percent from the floor at the time of the injury.


Bynum has been practicing with the team since last week. Feeling strong, Bynum recently told Jackson he was ready to return to action.


The Lakers were 37-9 with Bynum in the lineup this season, 25-7 without him.