Posted December 30, 2011 on AP on Fox
The Los Angeles Lakers already may be getting the hang of new coach Mike Brown's defensive-minded system. Having Andrew Bynum back could make them even tougher at that end of the floor. Bynum returns from suspension to make his season debut Saturday in the opener of a home-and-home series with the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. The league banned Bynum for five games - later reduced to four due to the lockout-shortened 66-game season - for knocking down Dallas' J.J. Barea in the second round of the playoffs. Bynum is coming off a fairly pedestrian season with 11.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, though both averages went up in the playoffs and he looked strong in two preseason games with 41 points and 23 boards. The 7-footer should play a key role in Brown's defense, having finished sixth in the NBA last season with 2.0 blocks per game. Los Angeles (2-2) got off to a shaky start without him, losing to Chicago and Sacramento, but has bounced back to beat Utah and New York. Th...
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