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Thanksgiving return target for Andrew Bynum return to Lakers

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The Lakers have a soft start to the schedule — 20 of their first 28 are against teams that did not make the playoffs last season. No Thunder until January. Same with the Celtics. Miami isn’t a concern until Christmas.

So if they are going to be banged up, now is the time.

Andrew Bynum is still recovering from off-season knee surgery, but Phil Jackson said he is hoping for a Thanksgiving return for the Lakers center. He even doesn’t wants Bynum to rush back, as reported by the Orange County Register.

“I think he wants to ramp it up a little faster than we want him to,” said Jackson after Sunday’s practice in El Segundo. “We want him to be able to go in and sustain that effort when he does get back. We want him back tomorrow, but if he’s back in two or three or four weeks, we understand what it’s going to take.”

“I think the basketball part is going to be easy,” Jackson said. “I think the conditioning and the strengthening and those things will take time. He’s going to need two or three practices and he’ll be back up to speed where he can go play. Reactive time, I think that’s an issue, where he can react to the speed of the game.”

As long as he can do that by Christmas, when things really get serious for the Lakers, Jackson is good.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.