Lakers center Andrew Bynum said Wednesday that he plans to begin basketball-related activities Friday, the next step in his recovery from a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee. “I’m going to increase my lateral movement come Friday and I’m going to try to get back on the court and do a little bit of drills on Friday as well,” Bynum said during an interview with John Ireland and Steve Mason of KSPN (710-AM). Bynum said his participation in a full practice with his teammates is still a few weeks away, and he remains hopeful of playing in an undetermined number of regular-season games next month. The Lakers end their season April 14. “As far as when I’m coming back, it’ll be as soon as I’m ready, man,” Bynum said. “It will definitely be some time in the middle of April.”
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A few eyebrows were raised yesterday when Marc Iavaroni attended Raptors practice. Respected throughout the league, Iavaroni will spend the week “observing” the team, a Raptors official said. When he ran the Phoenix Suns, general manager Bryan Colangelo brought in Rick Carlisle for a similar purpose. In theory, the more input an executive receives by trusted eyes, the better he is able to assess his team. Colangelo has to decide whether to remove the interim tag from coach Jay Triano or go in a different direction. Iavaroni was linked to Toronto a few years ago, but his first head coaching gig came in Memphis in 2007 with the Grizzlies. Iavaroni lasted 11/2 seasons with the Grizzlies before he was relieved of his duties.
Nuggets guard J.R. Smith intends to plead guilty to traffic charges stemming from the 2007 car accident, which killed his close friend. “We anticipate this will be resolved without a trial,” said Debra Gelson, a Millstone (N.J.) County municipal court judge told the courtroom on Tuesday, according to the Asbury Park Press, which is covering the trial.Â
Several sources indicated Sean Williams could be waived outright – but it almost certainly would not happen until after the season. Williams has “a standard NBA rookie contract,”Â according to team president Rod Thorn, which allows teams to release a player without being obligated to pay them if they violate the standard conduct clauses. Flipping out and breaking a computer monitor in a cell phone store qualifies under that clause. Thorn said there were no specific clauses added to Williams’ deal. The second-year player has a history of trouble.
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Spain’s Ricky Rubio, a dazzling point guard with Pete Maravich-like skills and the facial features to match, is considered a lock to be selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Several league executives believe the 6-foot-3 Olympian will be a top five pick. The question is, when? It could be this June.Â Rubio has made it clear that he would like to enter the 2009 draft, according to sources close to the situation. The 18-year-old Rubio is draft-eligible because he will turn 19 before the end of 2009.