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Did Andrew Bynum learn anything from 2-game suspension?

Mar 25, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

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Andrew Bynum faced the media on Thursday, the first time he’s done so since the league handed him a two-game suspension for the flagrant-two foul he committed last Friday against the Timberwolves’ Michael Beasley.

Bynum repeatedly said how the play was “just a hard foul,” and that if Beasley didn’t get hurt or leave the game, that it “probably would have been different.” But most concerning to Lakers fans might be the part where Bynum told reporters that he wouldn’t be hesitant in making a similar play in the future and, despite the punishment from the league, he still doesn’t believe he did anything wrong.

“No,” Bynum said, when asked whether the suspension would make him hesitant once he gets back out there.  “I don’t think what I did was deserving of it. I don’t think I really did anything too wrong. It was unfortunate the guy fell the way he did and got hurt, but at the end of the day, sometimes, you know, fouls happen.”

It’s one thing for Bynum not to believe he deserved the suspension, and in fact, I am in agreement with him on this point. But it’s another not to recognize how the league views these types of plays, and not to modify your behavior to avoid suspensions in the future.

Bynum can still give legal and clean hard fouls, and the team undoubtedly wants him to from time to time, in order to maintain a physical interior presence defensively. But you have to at least attempt to make a play on the ball, and you can’t lead with your elbow and then follow through with it in a violent manner that looks like you’re trying to hurt someone when the play is reviewed at full speed.

The Lakers won both of their games with Bynum unavailable, but needed late-game heroics in each to get that accomplished. They may not be as fortunate in the postseason, which is why Bynum should, at the very least, be careful of how he goes about committing these types of fouls moving forward.

  1. capya - Mar 25, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    I’m with Andrew on this one … his job is to make the opponents think twice before heading to the rim.

    I’m sure I wouldn’t have to search to hard to find posts on this site talking about how soft the lakers are inside.

    I guarantee you Beasley will be passing the ball off or taking some bad midrange shots next time he faces the lakers….

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 25, 2011 at 8:22 PM

      he ain’t worried about Beast……Mamba told him send a playoff messsage, no lay ups here cuz

  2. dysraw1 - Mar 25, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    you know i dont like to see players get hurt, but at the same time this kinda & gentler league is killing me.i thought that was why they came up with the flagrant foul rule, which i am for. today players just drive the middle free & easy. where i come if you get a dunk without drawing foul, then the defender is at fault.

  3. thestudiokida - Mar 25, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    I don’t agree with the suspension BUT I called the Flagrant 2 within a tenth of a second of the contact. It was an obvious call. When a guy is vulnerable like that it is not acceptable to shove them sideways.

    And it may not seem fair but big guys have to be aware of their size/strength advantage. Kobe could have made the same play without it turning ugly and resulting in injury because he doesn’t have beast strength like Bynum.

  4. digitalpoo - Mar 25, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    If you didn’t do anything wrong Bynum, then why did you send an apologetic text to Beasley?

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 25, 2011 at 8:23 PM

      you want him to cry too……….

  5. ocgunslinger - Mar 25, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    digitalpoo…….He didn’t want to hurt him and the text was because of the fact he was hurt. An unfortunate and unintentional injury. Doesn’t mean that because he sent a text he was admitting he intentionally meant to hurt him.

  6. damp1015 - Mar 26, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Bynum does not care, he did sent a text to make face with the fans. As far as being soft and sending a message for the playoffs. There is a way to go hard and then there is the punk moves like he pulled because people are taking it to the rim consistently. I think it was a matter of frustration building up cause the Timberwolves were making each Laker work for the Win if they were going to get one that night. After that, the Wolves were drawn back because of the poor professionalism of the Lakers and the B***h Barnes needs to take his a** back to rehab looking like a crack addict.

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