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League reduces suspensions for Bynum, Villanueva by one game

Dec 23, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

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The Lakers Andrew Bynum and the Pistons Charlie Villanueva will both be back on the court a little sooner thanks to the lockout.

Both had their five-game suspensions to start the season reduced to four because of the schedule being cut back to 66 games due to the lockout.

Bynum will make his debut now on Dec. 31 against the Nuggets. George Karl just swore loud enough for you to hear wherever you are.

Villanueva’s first game will be against the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 31. Having him back won’t help the Pistons all that much, but it gives them a little depth up front, I guess.

Bynum earned his suspension for flattening J.J. Barea in game four of Lakers playoff series against Dallas last year, then taking off his jersey and storming off after an ejection. An ugly cap to an ugly series by the Lakers as they were swept away.

Villanueva tried to get in a fight with the Cavaliers Ryan Hollins last year and carried that over to the locker rooms when he tried to get into the Cavs room. He served one game of his suspension last season.

  1. goforthanddie - Dec 23, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Bynum has his reduced? Christ, that little bitch got off light in the first place.

  2. schoolboy834 - Dec 23, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    What kind of message is the league sending by reducing these penalties? I guess penalties are more of a business decision than actually punishing the players for trying to cause harm to others…

  3. 973yenots - Dec 23, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    His ass should’ve got the whole season! He could’ve cost jj Berea his career with that shove!

  4. Justin - Dec 23, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    How many strikes does Bynum get? He already used up his 3rd (Wallace, Beasley, Barea) and now he gets his suspension reduced! The most frustrating thing is that this site defended him when he did it to Beasley too.

  5. thatboi901 - Dec 24, 2011 at 1:18 AM

    People say the NBA is getting soft but their fans are getting just as soft. Ask Kevin McHale if he thinks Bynum got off too lightly.

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