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Report: Lakers fine Andrew Bynum for “numerous infractions”

Apr 3, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

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This shouldn’t be a shock with a Lakers team trying to establish the power of coach Mike Brown — and the rebellious Andrew Bynum having all the leverage — but you have to wonder how it will play out long term.

The Lakers have fined their All-Star center Bynum, reports Dave McMenamin at ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Bynum told ESPNLosAngeles.com he was unaware of the fine before getting into his car outside the Lakers practice facility and driving away after the team’s shootaround in preparation for their game against the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday.

Bynum did tell the website, though, he will not play in Tuesday night’s game after suffering a moderate sprain of his left ankle in the first quarter of a game against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

The ankle sprain may be the real reason he is out Tuesday against the Nets, but there are bigger issues here.

Bynum has not sat in on coach Mike Brown’s huddles, launched an ill-advised three and generally been acting like a teenager asked to clean his room. Yes, he has been immature.

But he also has the leverage here. The Lakers have yet to pick up his $16.1 million option for next season. If they threaten not to pick it up he says “fine, I become and unrestricted free agent and will actually make more with the max contract I would pick up on the open market.” The Lakers are getting him below the market value at $16.1 million, and they have no choice but to take it.

(I hear some Lakers fans screaming now about his injury history and his immaturity and how Kobe Bryant carried him and whatever else. Doesn’t matter — Bynum would get the max on the open market, he is an All-Star center in a league desperate for traditional bigs. You may not wish it to be so, but the market will say he is a max player. Deal with it.)

What’s more, after next season Bynum is an unrestricted free agent and if you are going to keep him as the bridge to the post-Kobe era you need to keep him happy or he can bolt. If he is acting like a petulant child, your options are limited.

So the Lakers have opted for the fine. I can feel Bynum’s shrug from here.

  1. thebigkahuna23 - Apr 3, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Kobe needs to start behaving like Kobe and start reigning Bynum back in. He has clearly checked out on mike brown. Regardless of whether or not brown is a bum, you need to be a professional. He can’t turn that frown upside down for 16 million dollars?

  2. eugenesaxe - Apr 3, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    I’m pretty sure the LAKERS, of all teams, would be able to bring in an All-Star to replace an immature tard like Bynum on the roster. Sit the baby down and make him choose between being a Laker or doing things his way, and act accordingly.

  3. mogogo1 - Apr 3, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    The Lakers seem to have no leadership right now. Kobe isn’t keeping Bynum in line, Mike Brown has looked like a lame duck since Day 1, and Buss-the-Younger looks intent on destroying the franchise his father made great.

  4. cured76 - Apr 3, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Any possibility the Lakers and Magic will re-open the Dwight Howard for Bynum trade in the off-season? If both players will be on their last deal, and both act as immature as they have been, it might make sense.

  5. shockexchange - Apr 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Bynum must have read posts from the Shock Exchange and realized that as a highly skill 7 footer, he is a valuable asset to the Lakers. I am all for asserting yourself big fella, but don’t go overboard. Rebel by continuing to put up double-doubles on a nightly basis.

  6. lakerryan - Apr 3, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    The lakers have picked up the option on Bynum. Please. Be knowledgable.

  7. pistolpete0903 - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Kahuna…spot on. Kobe has to show his leadership by getting Bynum to (and *the*) ball.
    Come to think of, part of Bynum’s peeve has him not getting the ball (can’t belive that I am actually giving Bynum the benefit of doubt). Kobe has to stop jacking so many shots and feed the twin towers.

    This Lakers season has all the makings of a classic wreck. Laker’s fan be prepared!!!

  8. jucam1 - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Kobe is setting an example for Bynum…. The “I’ll get mine and not worry about the team because it’s about me” example…. Bynum is just learning from the master of “me first”….

  9. westcoastredbird - Apr 3, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Andrew has turned into a real drama queen. He’s tuned Mike Brown out. Stick a fork in that relationship it’s done. Might as well sit him on the bench and paint a handicap decal in front of his chair. He’s even turned on management as was a no show in his meeting with Kupcake and Jimmy the Mullet. Kobe’s got a full plate with his personal problems and probably doesn’t what to get involved with this train wreck. This town ain’t big enough for Mike Brown and Andrew. Somebody has got to go!Come back Phil. Give us three more years and get us out of our misery.

  10. fanz928 - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Lakers would be retarded to sit Bynum or letting him go

  11. mrheavychevy - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    With a coach like brown I’m surprised the whole team isn’t tuning him out

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