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Lakers' Bynum gets second technical foul rescinded

Lakers center Andrew Bynum hadn't been ejected from a game in more than three years. Turns out he shouldn't have been ejected from Sunday's game against New York.

The NBA rescinded the second technical foul called against Bynum in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 109-87 victory at Staples Center.

Bynum often complains about foul calls but added extra animation and made contact briefly with referee Leon Wood while arguing that he legitimately blocked the shot of Knicks forward-center Amare Stoudemire.

After the game, Bynum was still shaking his head about the sequence of events.

“I said, ‘Are you serious?’ I don’t know if it really warrants a technical or a double technical at that,” Bynum said. “I’m pretty surprised. You can watch the telecast. You can read my lips. I’m saying, ‘Are you serious?’ He’s a grown man so I don’t know if I showed him up or not.”

Bynum hadn’t been ejected since a December 2007 game against San Antonio.

“[Wood] wouldn’t acknowledge me. I asked him a question and he kind of like put his head down like a bad Lab or something,” Bynum said, alluding to a Labrador retriever.

Bynum did not talk to reporters after Monday's practice.

--Mike Bresnahan

 
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I would be sooooo much angrier about what happened if it had cost us the game. Thank goodness it didn't.


Thanks NBA for doing right by Drew. My question now is - are you going to do right by the Lakers and the entire organization by disciplining your rogue refs who insist on making the game about THEM?

@justa
You go on with your bad self!!! EXCELLENT POST!

Can they now transfer that T to Leon Wood by making him cough up some dough to the Lakers and by not assigning him to any more Lakers games? Or perhaps they should just suspend him until he issues Andrew a public apology.

...which reminds me, I haven't placed my first selection of the day:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7VsoxT_FUY

LRob, 63, where you at?
Waiting for your selections...

Andrew Bynum is the best Center in the western Conference. only 7 games back from the starting role. He's comditioning is back, he's lift is getting there and he is becoming explosive again.


Amare the reigning #1 MVP candidate, was 1/10 fireld goals when Bynum was around in the first half. While Bynum had 18 pts in three quarters alone..


So, everyone sayin' Drew was acting immaturely (again)... rescind your comments as the NBA rescinded that foul.

Oh, and I know a few people who've hung with Drew in various capacities, and he's a nice kid. A kid still, but nice. You catch ANY celeb at the wrong time and you'll get 'tude, but Drew's a pretty good kid from all the professional accounts I've heard. Some yahoo meetin' him on the street, or hassling him at a restaurant... you takes your chances.

@CCX... Thanks for the kind words, Mike. I don’t mind thinking outside of the box or making controversial comments but it sure is nice to see most of the media and bloggers finally giving Drew the credit he deserves. As for bloggers apologizing or retracting their biased venomous comments, that will happen sometime around when the Celtics win their 20th championship. In other words, it ain’t ever going to happen. LOL.
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TOM

63 Footer,
Ok, I rescind my "immature" comment.

Lakerville all together now: "Are you serious (NBA)???!"

NBA should crack down on horrible calls by refs.

SamLL - I think, maybe, if they instigated caning and public pillorying for bad-calling refs, we'd solve this problem lickety-split.

Good on Stu Jackson- If Leon thought Bynum went overboard, he should have T'd him up than eject him. Common sense would have worked in that situation. "Are you serious?" is not grounds for 2 t's.

makes me wonder if this new rule by the N.B.A was issued as a way to control the game or was it a way to make it more interesting and profitable. I don't know if I trust the N.B.A. Refs have way too much control in their hands now and can effectively determine the outcome of the game. I wonder how many calls N.O. is going to get during the playoffs now that the N.B.A owns them.

mclyne,

You know I'm rolling EST time so I posted my around 9am. My selection was Duran Duran - Serious......in support of Drew's "Are You Serious".

It looks like Amare been running his mouth after Drew outplayed him. Here's what he tweeted earlier per Frank Isola... Amar'e says the NBA should review tape of Artest putting his hands around Shawne Williams' neck as well as Artest's flagrant foul on him.

I'm going to follow your lead and roll with the Destroyers. This one is for Amare...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fHxFS9PiYM

"So, everyone sayin' Drew was acting immaturely (again)... rescind your comments as the NBA rescinded that foul.

Oh, and I know a few people who've hung with Drew in various capacities, and he's a nice kid. A kid still, but nice. You catch ANY celeb at the wrong time and you'll get 'tude, but Drew's a pretty good kid from all the professional accounts I've heard. Some yahoo meetin' him on the street, or hassling him at a restaurant... you takes your chances.

Posted by: 63 Footer | January 10, 2011 at 03:59 PM "

To be fair, they didn't rescind both of them so the league obviously felt he deserved at least one of them. I still think Bynum should have backed off after receiving the first technical. When they showed the expressions of the players on the court, no one really seems surprised that he was tossed and I wasn't either.

It's the same thing in all sports. Officials can be wrong and they're far from perfect. If they are calling things a certain way, you have to make adjustments. Some games are called very tight, other games are called more loosely, you adjust to what is happening out there. When Andrew got a technical for getting in the ref's face and saying "are you serious?" the reaction should be to back down and not continuing to ask him if he is serious.

I have always thought it was silly they go back later and change these calls. It's not like they'd change the score if the Knicks ended up winning by 1 point.

Bay to LA - I was more talkin' 'bout the boo-birds who suddenly said Drew was acting "immature" again, when it was obvious one of the T's was legit and the other wasn't.

Should Drew have backed off? Yeah, but he wasn't really losing it like I've seen some players, and to get hung with an "immature" tag, and then have people jump in with "a friend of a friend of a girl who used to do the nails of another friend said" stories about Drew out in public out of context... just made me say that the kid's doin' okay. Now, if he goes flyin' in his Ferrari again with a Bunny on his shoulders... that's a whole 'nother thang.

This song's too good for Amar'e:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FehGOcOfLU4

Alright, i'm slow on my comments today, I've been hanging out at the Oregonian's live chat. Important game today, or at least it should be a fun one.

Just to address the Derek Fisher thing- yeah, Derek Fisher is more useful when he is playing with the starters. Duh. Obviously, what we have needed from him is to be successful as a role player who can do the role player things that make us better. It's not exactly an accident that people like him so much around here.

I'm glad that the NBA rescinded Drew's second technical foul.


Now, what happens? Are we gonna play the rest of the 4th quarter again, this time with Drew on court?

I have been asking for Bynum's dismissal, trade, dump, or whatever for the last four years. Maybe I have been just a smidgen off base. He sort of showed something against those rascally Knickerbockers.

He played with a little beat of "Heat" in the belly.

I'll give him a couple more weeks to see if he is for real!!

Please Hold back just a few more weeks before we trade Drew,

BandWagon!!!

@63 Footer - Good one. It got me bouncing. You're right its too good for Amare.


Amare should remember what his coach said after Drew's first real breakout game back on Christmas day 2007 vs Phoenix. That day Drew had 28pts/12reb to Amare 19/6. "Just couldn't stop them," D'Antoni said. "Bynum killed us, [and] Kobe. They were good."

LakerTom,

This one is for you. I was just reminiscing about when Drew first dominated Amare on Christmas 2007. Here's what Kobe said about Drew after the game....

"The best thing about it is he's put in so much work over the summer and now," Bryant said. "The biggest thing for him is he's seeing results. The sky's the limit for him."

http://espn.go.com/nba/recap?id=271225013

"Bay to LA - I was more talkin' 'bout the boo-birds who suddenly said Drew was acting "immature" again, when it was obvious one of the T's was legit and the other wasn't.

Should Drew have backed off? Yeah, but he wasn't really losing it like I've seen some players, and to get hung with an "immature" tag, and then have people jump in with "a friend of a friend of a girl who used to do the nails of another friend said" stories about Drew out in public out of context... just made me say that the kid's doin' okay. Now, if he goes flyin' in his Ferrari again with a Bunny on his shoulders... that's a whole 'nother thang.

Posted by: 63 Footer | January 10, 2011 at 04:26 PM "

Fair enough. I don't know how people know how he acts on his personal time since I certainly don't. I do think he needs to learn something from this experience though. Kobe may be able to get away with pushing the boundaries a bit, but Bynum isn't on that level.

Gasol complains about contact on seemingly every call but he very rarely gets a technical because he keeps his cool and talks to the officials during stoppages of play. Each time Andrew thought he was fouled, he threw his hands up in bewilderment and jumped up and down. That's really not the way to state your case.

Amare was doing Kobe's patented sweep through on that play in question. While everyone is calling it a clean block up high, I think Leon was calling the foul on the sweep through. It's a frustrating call for every defender and I personally hate it because the offensive player is really the one causing the contact but again, it's a patented Kobe play that has earned him tons of free throws over the years. Frustrating as it is, when you have a comfortable lead and you're doing well, there's no need to take yourself out of the game for a call like that, emotionally or physically. I don't think the league rescinding the technical means that Andrew should feel he has a green light to continue to react that way.

Are You Serious?!

JR

Fair enough. I don't know how people know how he acts on his personal time since I certainly don't. I do think he needs to learn something from this experience though. Kobe may be able to get away with pushing the boundaries a bit, but Bynum isn't on that level.

Gasol complains about contact on seemingly every call but he very rarely gets a technical because he keeps his cool and talks to the officials during stoppages of play. Each time Andrew thought he was fouled, he threw his hands up in bewilderment and jumped up and down. That's really not the way to state your case.

Posted by: Bay to LA | January 10, 2011 at 04:49 PM
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Bay to LA,

I believe that what frustrating to Drew is this is his 6th season and he still doesn't get respect from the refs on the defensive end. In the past he's committed bad fouls by being out of position and sometimes just flat out playing lazy defense. But now even when he's moving his feet and playing good defense they're still whistling him for ticky tack fouls.

I agree he should have composed himself after the first T, but last night was so one-sided I can understand why he lost it.

NBA officiating is confusing. Can you have superstar calls and techs on superstars who complain at the same time? I guess you can if the superstars are Kobe and Princess Jimmy.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE!

GO DUCKS!

Bynum is the key to a threepeat, if not the next ten years in lakerland. I want all the bynum lovers and bynum haters to reach across to each other and unite in the radiation of positive vibes and or prayer (whatever you want to call it) for a healthy and happy Drew.

Should Drew have backed off? He'll no. Bynum needed to stand up for himself. He gets picked on by the refs too much and they continue to make bad calls against him when he's on defense and no-calls on offense when he's getting fouled. He needed to react.

"Bay to LA,

I believe that what frustrating to Drew is this is his 6th season and he still doesn't get respect from the refs on the defensive end. In the past he's committed bad fouls by being out of position and sometimes just flat out playing lazy defense. But now even when he's moving his feet and playing good defense they're still whistling him for ticky tack fouls.

I agree he should have composed himself after the first T, but last night was so one-sided I can understand why he lost it.

Posted by: LRob | January 10, 2011 at 04:59 PM "

I don't really know how one-sided it was. Of course he got hit a few times when he went up for shots but if you look closely, every guy that takes a shot in the middle of the key is getting hit. When they show some of the replays of Bynum's blocks, he's getting a lot of arm on some of those plays, I saw one a few games ago where he didn't touch the ball at all.

As a fan, you want there to be a whistle every time Kobe or Pau grunts as they drive toward the basket and every time Andrew gets the ball knocked away and waves his arms in disbelief but you also want the officials to let the players play on when the other team is driving in and there is contact.

On this board, the officiating was very one-sided in favor of the Knicks. I haven't checked a Knicks board, but I would guess they are saying the opposite. The foul and free throw totals weren't extremely far in favor of either team (Lakers actually had fewer fouls and more FTA) and the team that played better won. While the officials were hard to understand at times, they had no real effect on the game.

"Amare was doing Kobe's patented sweep through on that play in question. While everyone is calling it a clean block up high, I think Leon was calling the foul on the sweep through. It's a frustrating call for every defender and I personally hate it because the offensive player is really the one causing the contact but again, it's a patented Kobe play that has earned him tons of free throws over the years. Frustrating as it is, when you have a comfortable lead and you're doing well, there's no need to take yourself out of the game for a call like that, emotionally or physically. I don't think the league rescinding the technical means that Andrew should feel he has a green light to continue to react that way.

Posted by: Bay to LA | January 10, 2011 at 04:49 PM

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From what I saw, it appeared as if Bynum was able to pull his hands away right before the swing through and avoided contact.

Much love to all my Laker family! Hey Pot! Sorry I've been on Sabbatical for so long, I've been so busy with church, family and work! Purple & Gold forever!

The new rule is simply silly and unrealistic. How about those of us who paid big money to see the game live only to have a key player ejected as we've seen happen the last few months around the league. I was in the second row behind the basket and clearly saw the Wood acted irrationally. Stern has to get his head out of his butt and realize this isn't working. Emotion is part of the game Bozo.

Leon Wood & the other 2 need to be fined for making bulls**t calls! The league should implement this and therefore making them think twice before blowing the whistle!

ahh I don't think so it's only Drew happen in this way got ejected out of the game... a lot of good player happen to them.. the game is very emotional u trying to prove a point by put ur hand u to say what did u do or how ever u trying to defend the situation but u still get the T.. I remember Tim Duncan from Spur 2years ago he was sitting on the bench just got a T his team mate make a good play his smiling and clap his hand while sitting on bench and Ref gave him another T so he got ejected out of the game.. in anyway it goes both way Lakers aint that special to get special treatment while everybody treat different.. that's how the game role sometime it's not fare but it happen all the time..

"From what I saw, it appeared as if Bynum was able to pull his hands away right before the swing through and avoided contact.

Posted by: socalife | January 10, 2011 at 05:26 PM "

I just looked at the replay again and I don't think he got it away in time. Amare did make contract with Andrew's arm as he was bringing his arms up.

It's often an anticipation call from the official. When a big name player tries that move and throws the ball up awkwardly, they usually get the call. I wish they would stop calling the foul when the offensive player initiates the contact but that's the way they call it. It's designed to present a defensive player from preventing a shooter from going straight up with the ball but shooters abuse the rule and try to get cheap fouls when a defender is reaching.

Yeah, Bynum was wronged both times but the Lakers need to check themselves. Walking up so close to the ref mid-argument that you make contact with the Man will cost anyone in this league at least one T. Artest's earlier and blatant clothesline was clearly uncalled for (my, how quickly he lunges for the throat in a fight..!) And Kobe's repeated fist pumps and outbursts are gonna again cost us big sometime soon.

On a lighter note, I would appreciate it if the refs could give Luke Walton DTOA (Double Technicals On Arrival) so Jackson doesn't even have the option of putting that pathetic brick-thrower/transition blower into the game! Pleeeease!

Leon Wood has been trying to show up the Lakers since his own NBA career failed. It never fails that when he refs a Laker game his whistle is swallowed. I would love to see an LA Times staff writer run the numbers and report what the foul stats look like when he calls a Laker game. What do Kobe's number of tips to the foul line look like compared to when Leon's crew is not calling the game.

My guess is that the league would not have rescinded the call if the Lakers had lost.

I hereby declare "Are you serious!??!?!?" to be a now and evermore Lakers mantra when dealing with toolbags.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Jon K. - Are you serious?!?!?!?!

Mark,

Yes. Actually, I am serious. Deadly so.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

i noticed that people who are critical of bynum's actions missed the main point. is he immature? should he have backed off? did he make a mistake in judgement? judge for yourself. the bottom line is bynum played with passion. he'll learn, grow, and adjust to the results of his actions. when he plays with that amount of desire, that's a very good sign for the lakers. he wanted to (and did) shut amare down and outplay him, again. hopefully he's taking that attitude into each and every game.

>>>If they are calling things a certain way, you have to make adjustments.

But the thing is that they were letting a lot of contact go in that game. Bynum had been smacked hard by Amare twice previously in the game and had gotten no call. Compared to those plays, his contact on blocking Amare on the play that got him ejected was nothing. If Leon Wood regularly calls games this inconsistently, you can expect to see him reffing NO playoff games.

And people ride Kobe like a freaking horse. If they were calling a game closely, you could call a foul on whoever's defending Kobe almost every time down the floor. Some games he does get a lot of calls, and others they let people work him over - he's protested about the same amount as in previous seasons, but it's gotten him a lot of techs this season.

@Father2Sons I would like to see that as well! If Wood & his crew weren't there, the outcome would be very different!


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