Bynum speaks! Oh, and he's back from a two-game suspension
It's hard to miss Andrew Bynum, but he did a good job of avoiding reporters since committing a flagrant foul Friday on Minnesota forward Michael Beasley.
He's back with the Lakers for their game Friday against the Clippers. And he's ready to talk about his two-game suspension.
"I didn't think what I did was deserving of it," he said Thursday after Lakers practice. "I don't think I really did anything too wrong. It was unfortunate that the guy fell the way he did and got hurt. But at the end of the day, sometimes fouls happen."
Bynum was hit with the two-game penalty after his right forearm sent Beasley sprawling to the court. Beasley left the game after taking two free-throw attempts.
The Lakers beat Minnesota after Bynum was ejected and managed to win the following two games without him, though neither was simple: an 84-80 decision over Portland and a triple-overtime 139-137 victory over Phoenix.
"It was crazy to witness that game ... unbelievable," Bynum said.
He had experienced recent swelling in his right knee but stayed off it for two games.
"My knee's feeling all right," he said. "I'm ready to go."
The Lakers don't expect a problem in reassimilating him into the lineup. Neither do they foresee a stamina drop-off after his time away from the court.
"A couple days?" Kobe Bryant said. "Nah, he's still 12 years old. He's fine."
Bynum is averaging 13 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots in his last 10 games.
-- Mike Bresnahan
Photo: Andrew Bynum looks on after he was ejected from the game Friday against Minnesota. Credit: Associated Press