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Mike Brown taking Andrew Bynum’s latest ejection in stride

Apr 7, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers coach Brown celebrates with Bynum during their NBA game against Boston Celtics in Los Angeles Reuters

Andrew Bynum was ejected early in the fourth quarter of the Lakers loss to the Rockets on Friday, and by all accounts, it was a situation that should have been completely avoided. Bynum already had picked up one technical foul, and after scoring on a strong post move inside, he turned to the Houston bench and demonstratively let them know just how pleased he was with his accomplishment.

That was enough to get him tossed in the referees’ eyes. In the eyes of Lakers fans, Bynum’s act is growing tired, and the majority wish the team would step in and do something about his recent behavior, which seems to be lacking maturity and growing more defiant by the day.

Lakers head coach Mike Brown, however, in speaking before his team was set to face the Suns in Phoenix on Saturday, didn’t seem overly concerned.

“Obviously I talked to him about it, but you take it in stride,” he said. “We’ve had other guys, from Josh McRoberts to Matt Barnes to myself get kicked out. It’s part of the course of the season, in my opinion. You hope it doesn’t happen, because we need everybody to be there on the sidelines, and obviously we needed Andrew last night. But the NBA fines you for getting the first tech, the NBA fines you for getting the second tech, and then you go from there and hopefully it doesn’t happen again.”

Bynum was ejected the last time L.A. played the Rockets too, and of course, there was the benching that took place after he launched an ill-advised three-pointer early in the shot clock. But there won’t be any type of internal suspension of the team’s All-Star center, an idea that Brown laughed off as being as ridiculous as it sounds.

“Then I should have suspended myself, and I should have suspended Josh McRoberts, and Matt Barnes, and my good buddy Gregg Popovich should be suspended 16 times a year because of his tirades, and I could go on down the line,” Brown said. “I think if it’s a problem or it gets out of hand, where a guy gets kicked out multiple times, then maybe. But (Bynum) doesn’t even lead our team in technicals. So, do I suspend him when he’s maybe fourth or fifth … I don’t know if that makes sense.”

As for his discussion with Bynum and what his big man’s reasons were for his actions, Brown declined to share those details. Bynum didn’t speak to reporters after the game on Friday, and it was the same in Phoenix before the game Saturday.

Brown did say that he stressed to Bynum the importance of not taking himself out of games like this in the future. And he believes, at least for now, that his message has been received.

“He gave his reasoning; you can ask him what his reasoning was,” Brown said. “He gave it, I said OK, and we moved on. Again, he knows that we need him on the floor. He knows that we needed him on the floor Friday night. For me to sit here and continue to beat a dead horse on it, it’s not going to do me any good or him any good once you get your message across.”

  1. vols84 - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Never saw this hire working out. Mike D’Antoni next head coach for Lakers.

  2. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    @ vols84 You don’t get it! It’s not the coach you dummy it’s the immaturity of one Bynum! He’s obviously bipolar along with Artest and yourself!!!!!

    • davidly - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:42 AM

      Hey, whoa, there cowboychris5xchamps. In fairness to the condition you’re throwing around as an accusation, someone who would come on to a sports’ blog and use seven exclamation points in three sentences might be a little too familiar with all things bipolar to be casting aspersions at others for the same.

      It seems to me, that what one might be able to take away – or “get” – from this article is that in spite of what sports-fandom is getting all worked up about, it’s not that big a deal.

      Plus, it’s only a game.

  3. seattlesuperchronic - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:03 AM


    Take it easy with rationality and common sense! The lack of those two things are the reason I love these posts.

    • davidly - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:44 AM



  4. 700levelvet - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    Hell……..The league is full of overpaid classless punks like Bynum……And has been for about two decades now, the days of the great Celtics,Lakers,Pistons of the 80’s and to a lesser extent the Bulls of the 90’s are long gone. The days of the best athletes of their craft, who absolutely hated losing, men who took pride in their legacy, are in the rear view mirror. It’s a league full of drama queens, overpaid drama queens, and the coaches have to stoke their egos like the petulant children they are…….

  5. africanballer - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    somebody needs to tame that kid

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