It’s early, but Andrew Bynum is coming off the bench for Lakers


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It’s early, undoubtedly, but center Andrew Bynum is currently on the Lakers’ second unit.

Lamar Odom played with the starters in Saturday night’s scrimmage, along with Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher.

Apparently, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson is more comfortable going with a unit similar to the one that flourished in the playoffs last season, the obvious exception being Artest in place of Trevor Ariza.

Bynum doesn’t seem concerned by anything, be it a move to the second unit, even if it’s only temporary, or the fact that he’s in the first year of a lucrative contract extension that pays him $12.5 million this season.

Two words he said seemed to sum it up: “No pressure.”

-- Mike Bresnahan