Andrew Bynum Returns: Los Angeles Lakers Stock Watch

The Los Angeles Lakers visited the White House on Monday to be honored by President Barack Obama. The best part of the ceremony, however, may have been at the end. Pau Gasol leaned over to Andrew Bynum, put his arm around the young center's shoulders and hugged him.

After the ceremony Bynum said, "I'm definitely playing [Tuesday]."

The team had a full practice on Monday and Bynum was able to make it up and down the court in five-on-five situations without causing any problems in his troublesome knee.

The final decision about whether Bynum will play against the Wizards or not will come after the team sees how Bynum responds during Tuesday's shoot around.

"I told him I know he doesn't think he's all the way back yet, but he can help the team right now and he agreed," Jackson said.

Phil Jackson has said that Bynum will start when he returns because the training staff gets his body loose before tip-off and the coach fears that sitting him on the bench to open the game and having him get cold would make this process pointless.

"I'm just not sure if I'm going to start or come off the bench," Bynum said. "It doesn't really matter to me but it will definitely be in quick bursts...five minutes here, five minutes there."

This is going to change the roles of many players throughout the Lakers roster. It will help some and hurt others. Lets take a look:



Pau Gasol

Gasol, who has been averaging a career-high 39.3 minutes per game seems extremely excited for Bynum's comeback.

"It's exciting," Gasol said. "I'm excited about it. I'm excited for him. I'm excited for the team. I look forward to it... We've been pretty short-handed as far as the rotation in the inside, interior game. For 20-some games it's been that way. It's a difference having somebody like Andrew in the rotation."

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