Andrew Bynum’s return timetable pushed back. Who saw that coming?

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Two bits of news we should have expected around Thanksgiving:

1) President Barack Obama would pardon some turkeys.

2) Andrew Bynum would not be back on the court when he or the team expected.

In the case of the latter there had been some talk of Bynum being ready to go for the Lakers around Thanksgiving, but now the second week of December looks more likely. Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register lays it out.

Bynum had told (coach Phil) Jackson last week that it might require him three weeks of practice workouts before a game debut, but Jackson pushed to look more at two weeks. That leads Jackson to the Dec. 10 plan, which is the start of a six-game Eastern trip for the Lakers. The last home game before that trip is Dec. 8 vs. the Clippers.

“We’re not backing down from our timetable, which we’d hoped (for),” Jackson said. “But we still have to take it really slow once he gets on the floor.”

The Lakers continue to look another big man short term to help out until Bynum can play, because Theo Ratliff is out and that has meant heavy minutes for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. Jake Voskuhl and Paul Davis are options being considered.

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.