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.
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.