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Kobe Bryant 'proud' of Andrew Bynum's dirty foul

Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:31 am
Edited on: March 21, 2011 8:35 am
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant says he is proud of center Andrew Bynum's hard foul. Posted by Ben Golliver. kobe-bynum

Over the weekend, we noted that Los Angeles Lakers big man Andrew Bynum was suspended without pay for two games by the NBA for a hard foul he delivered on Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley. Bynum met Beasley in the air, made no real attempt on the ball and sent Beasley crashing to the floor. It was a play straight out of Rick Mahorn's playbook.

That type of mindless thuggery might rub some people the wrong way, but it didn't bother Lakers star Kobe Bryant. On the contrary, reports the Los Angeles Times, Bryant was pleased to see it.
Not all the Lakers were upset with the league's decision. "I'm proud of him," Kobe Bryant said of Bynum. "He earned his stripes."
Bynum is in a weird spot with the Lakers for two reasons. One: he's younger and noticeably less mature than the rest of the team's core. Two: he's almost always the biggest player on the court. That combination leaves Bynum open to all sorts of criticism from fans (and teammates) if Los Angeles gives up too many points in the paint or if the Lakers get outrebounded.

In short, Bynum is a big, easy target for criticism. If the Lakers don't own the middle, it's his fault.

Bryant's positive reinforcement of dangerous behavior isn't really the best look, but it makes sense in context because the Lakers, like most contenders, feel that interior dominance is the key factor to playoff success. Pau Gasol is who he is: long and lean, not strong and mean. Lakers forwards Lamar Odom and Ron Artest are great at physically dominating their match-ups and getting inside opponents' heads, but they're not capable of the kind of space-eating intimidation that Bynum is.

This situation, then, becomes less about the actual foul and more about the fact that Bynum showed he was capable of delivering some pain. Had this play happened in the postseason and cost Bynum multiple playoff games, the cheerleading wouldn't be nearly as loud. The excitement today comes from the idea that Bynum, perhaps, has a reputation now. 

And, like it or not, reputations can influence players' decisions and, in turn, can influence games.
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Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Kobe Bryant 'proud' of Andrew Bynum's dirty foul

dirty fouls ARE



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Kobe Bryant 'proud' of Andrew Bynum's dirty foul

Really?

I am a woman and do not watch Oprah....BUT, I take exception to the fact that you equate common sense with emasculation???

DIRTY fouls (which is what this is) is only celebrated by people who were never taught to play good defense OR who can't play good defense.
kobe likes it because he falls into the above category AND is a little whiner.

If it was Kobe, we would have a rule change because he would be "emasculatingly" whining about it forever......

Women STILL don't make the same amount of money for the same work (if not more so)....btw - but obviously are as well-educated in coursework, life, AND COMMON SENSE.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:36 am
 

Kobe Bryant 'proud' of Andrew Bynum's dirty foul

What other comment would you expect from a fraudulent Rapist! Love the comment about Smush Parker too! Just Remember prick, Jordan made the Bulls, The Lakers made you, couldn't even make it into the playoffs on your own, needed lopsided trades, loaded teams and the best coach money can buy just to be successful!

I'm with Jordan, you still aren't a top ten player, never will be!

A top ten player could never let A.I., Reggie Miller, Paul Pierce and Richard Hamilton dominate them in the finals. A top ten player would never go 6 for 24 (choke) in a game 7 of the finals. Thanks to David Sterns instructions on the 20 ft in the fourth qrt (finals record), you were saved once again from an embarrassing finals showing.

Yeah, you'll catch Jordan by your 18th season; I guess that counts if you’re comparing apples to raisins?




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:31 am
 

Kobe Bryant 'proud' of Andrew Bynum's dirty foul

What other comment would you expect from a fraudulent Rapist! Love the comment about Smush Parker too! Just Remember prick, Jordan made the Bulls, The Lakers made you, couldn't even make it into the playoffs on your own, needed lopsided trades, loaded teams and the best coach money can buy just to be successful!

I'm with Jordan, you still aren't a top ten player, never will be!

A top ten player could never let A.I., Reggie Miller, Paul Pierce and Richard Hamilton dominate them in the finals. A top ten player would never go 6 for 24 (choke) in a game 7 of the finals. Thanks to David Sterns instructions on the 20 ft in the fourth qrt (finals record), you were saved once again from an embarrassing finals showing.

Yeah, you'll catch Jordan by your 18th season; I guess that counts if you’re comparing apples to raisins?






Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 12:39 am
 

Kobe Bryant 'proud' of Andrew Bynum's dirty foul

Kobalt says he's proud of Bynum in this interview on youtube:

I too am proud of Bynum. Excellent work.

Defy the emasculation campaign. Defy Oprahism!



Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Kobe Bryant 'proud' of Andrew Bynum's dirty foul

I remember a couple years back the Lakers were playing the Rockets in the playoffs and all through out the first two games Luis scola kept setting these illegal screens, finally Fisher had enough and when Scola tried setting the pick he got put on his a$$. The rest of the series you could sense that Scola was hesitant to screen Fisher becase of the MESSAGE he had delivered. Thats what Bynum's foul was a Message! Bynum wasnt trying to hurt the guy, at least i hope not, but it was a way to shut beasley's mouth up and put him in his place. Now there is no question that the foul was flagrant but i dont think it was dirty as some of the p**** posters on this thread claim it to be, apparently they have never played a contact sport at any level. Now as for what kobe said, he should have kept that private and with the team or maybe they did take it out of context who cares as long as bynum is defending the paint and he puts people in the NBA on notice im happy with it. Oh and i doubt any one wants to try anything dirty against a team that has Ron Artest in it.



Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Kobe Bryant 'proud' of Andrew Bynum's dirty foul

Neither does Paul "Cry Baby" Pierce, or how about the wanna be tough guy garnett. He's gonna get eaten alive by bynum in the finals.



Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Kobe Bryant 'proud' of Andrew Bynum's dirty foul

For all we know, that 8 words quoted in this article by Golliver were only a small portion of the interview with Kobe and may or may not be taken out of context.  Does anyone really think the interview with Kobe lasted four seconds and had no other statements that may or may not have qualified his statement?  I suggest that someone read the entire Los Angeles Times article from which this single phrase was borrowed by Golliver.  Golliver stirred up some dirt and he's happy and plenty of people have taken the bait but my gut tells me that if I were to read the whole article it would not be nearly as controversial as the the single sentence that Golliver chose to quote in isolation.



Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Kobe Bryant 'proud' of Andrew Bynum's dirty foul

For all we know, that 8 words quoted in this article by Golliver were only a small portion of the interview with Kobe and may or may not be taken out of context.  Does anyone really think the interview with Kobe lasted four seconds and had no other statements that may or may not have qualified his statement?  I suggest that someone read the entire Los Angeles Times article from which this single phrase was borrowed by Golliver.  Golliver stirred up some dirt and he's happy and plenty of people have taken the bait but my gut tells me that if I were to read the whole article it would not be nearly as controversial as the the single sentence that Golliver chose to quote in isolation.



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Kobe is a dirty player himself

High praise coming from a notoriously dirty player/human being. Kobe has bloodied several noses throwing vicious elbows himself in addition to being an accused rapist and admitted adulterer.  Good job Kobe of maintaining your stellar image by condoning thuggery.  If he is so proud of Bynum, perhaps he can pay his salary from the two game suspension


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