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Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

Posted on: March 19, 2011 3:08 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 5:08 pm
 
The NBA has suspended Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum for his flagrant foul 2 on Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley. Posted by Royce Young and Ben Golliver. 

Update (Sunday): The NBA announced on Sunday that it has suspended Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum for two games for his flagrant foul 2 on Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley. The Los Angeles Times reports that Lakers coach Phil Jackson was not particularly excited about it.
"I thought two games was excessive, but who knows?" Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "Like I said [Saturday], you never know. There's no standard. There's nothing to go by. It's all subjective."
Bynum will miss Sunday night's game in Los Angeles against the Portland Trail Blazers and Tuesday's game in Los Angeles against the Phoenix Suns. Bynum will return on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Original Post:
Some have called Laker big man Andrew Bynum soft. Some have said he needs to get meaner. Potentially in an effort to do just that, Bynum clocked Michael Beasley with an elbow Friday night in Los Angeles.

Bynum was immediately hit with a Flagrant foul 2 and was ejected. By rule, Bynum will have to serve a one-game suspension for the foul as well.



It was an obvious dirty foul and a no-brainer for the officiating crew. Stuff happens on the court when guys are moving fast so a lot of times I tend to give the benefit of the doubt, but there's no question here. Mainly because, why would Bynum use his elbow to defend Beasley when, you know, he's a shot blocking seven-footer?

All Bynum has to do is put his arms up and he's automatically a presence. There's just no reason for him to go flying at Beasley with a wing out. I watched the replay 10 or 15 times and I just can't figure out the purpose for Bynum doing that. It honestly doesn't make sense. Initially, he looks like he's trying to avoid contact, but then it's like he says, "Ah, screw it," and throws that big elbow out.

It was a dangerous play as Beasley was in the air and because of the contact, went sprawling out toward the floor, Luckily, nobody was injured. I'm all for hard fouls because there's nothing wrong with going hard into someone, as long as it's a clean, safe play. This definitely wasn't.

I'm sure the NBA is reviewing the foul and will determined if it should be upheld, but I imagine it will. The Lakers next game is against the Blazers Sunday.

Comments

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:45 am
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

Lakers fans should be happy about this. It's 2 fewer games that Bynum might injure himself in.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:42 am
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

2 games is not enough. Why? Because now the players, fans, coaches, know what they can get away with. I mean in a 5 games series if one of the bench players are going to get put in just to attempt to hurt a player and then he know what kind ofsuspension he will get. (2 games)Big deal.  This foul against Beasley is setting a precedent to what will happen the next time this occurs. Coaches like Jackson will send out a bench player in the final minutes of a game to throw a hard foul on a player of the opponent. Its strategic, but unethical. And by the way..David Stern don't care about the health of the players. He only cares about his teams he is betting on. Lakers, Spurs, Celtics, you get my point. He will help the teams advance if he can(NBA) make more money in revenue if he gets his star players on TV and in the finals.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2011 7:52 am
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

1 game should of been plenty, if you  look closely at the foul it looked worse than it was. beasley was caught off balance and fell hard to ground. if this was a 2 game suspension,kevin garnett should never ever play a game, game.as he does this every
I disagree. Bynum never attempted to block the shot. He threw his body and forearm in to Beasley when he was in the air. This is very dangerous type of foul as Beasley could have been seriously hurt. If Beasley had done that to Kobe, the Laker fans would have a completely different opinion. Bynum's reaction to what happened showed no remorse for what he had done.  



Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 12:58 am
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

By Rule, a flagrant 2 foul is an ejection from the game and a one game suspension... so by giving him a two game suspension is excessive.  However, it was an intentional elbow to the chest in the air... but the rule states an ejection and a one game suspension.  Oh well, Bynum will be back playing well against the Clippers.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

What a meaningless elbow. If you're gonna do something suspension-worthy to send a message, why not do it against a contender and truly get the message across? I mean, come on, this is against the Wolves - at least make the flagrant foul count if you're going to commit!



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

Won two tittles Being An aggressive team The Pistons were never dirty. They told you what you were getting... Nothing easy and tough Defense. Haters



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

Definitely a bad bad foul.  I am sure he would take it back if he could.  There really is none,  but in his defense he does try to go for the block initially then sees that he is too late and lays Beasely out.  He should be suspended because Beasley could have broken his shoulder when he landed.
Get a grip amateur.  Several years ago, Raja Bell, flat out laid Kobe out with a clothesline and just got 1 game suspension.  Just do us all a favor and shut that piehole.

If this is the same play I recall, Kobe had that coming to him and more.  He had been hitting Raja in the face with elbows, shoulders, and a few knees as well all game long!!  Raja got fed up with it and clotheslined him.  The refs should have hit Kobe with a couple of offensive fouls before and that would have never happened.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

Phil is full of it.  He got off light for two games.  Sometimes you see flagrant fouls that look as bad in real time, but they usually are just very bad hack-jobs.  Bynum went up to Beasley and erased him with an elbow.  He didn't even bother to raise his arms or pretend to have any interest in going for the ball.  That was no intentional foul, that was a tackle.  That's good for two games easily.



Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

Well lakerfan62 you got the crying part of 'crying out loud' down pat...would you like a bottle now?



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

Phil Jackson should be suspended too.


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