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Lakers' Andrew Bynum suspended two games for flagrant foul

Bynum_325 Lakers center Andrew Bynum will not play Sunday against Portland or Tuesday against Phoenix because of an NBA-imposed two-game suspension for a flagrant foul.

Bynum was ejected midway through the fourth quarter Friday against Minnesota after knocking down Michael Beasley as the Timberwolves' forward drove to the basket.

The Lakers, predictably, weren't thrilled.

"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 forfeit almost $250,000 for missing two games.

The Lakers will go with their relatively familiar frontcourt of Pau Gasol at center, Lamar Odom at power forward and Ron Artest at small forward.

The Lakers have been on a roll, in large part because of Bynum, winning 11 of 12 games since the All-Star break.

Bynum was unavailable for comment after the team's Sunday morning shoot-around.

The Lakers will, however, have Kobe Bryant against Portland.

"He's all right," Jackson said of the perennial All-Star guard. "I think his ankle's better but I don't know about his neck and shoulder."

Bryant has a sore neck and shoulder after being accidentally hit in the face Friday by Martell Webster of the Timberwolves. Bryant sprained his left ankle a little more than a week ago.

Bynum, for his part, will get some extra rest after experiencing recent swelling in his right knee.

"We'll put a spin on it that it's a positive thing for us," Jackson said, though he was being sarcastic.

Translation: Bynum will be missed.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum watches as an official decides on whether he will be ejected for a flagrant foul against Minnesota's Michael Beasley on Friday night at Staples Center. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

 
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Darth Stern's Empire Attempting to level the playing field through REDISTRIBUTION OF POINTS... (NO SHOT BLOCKER, MORE POINTS FOR OPPOSITION!)

LETTER FROM COMMISSIONER STERN:

Stern: "Lakers. You are truly talented and an exceptional team. However, that's just unfair. We must give the other teams a chance. And so, it is with a heavy heart that we have determined that, what would for others be at most a one game suspension, becomes a two game suspension for your Beast of a Center, Andrew Bynum."

"I must say, that if Drew's name were Dwight Howard, or if he were on any other team but the Lakers, he would have received a fine and a Stern talking too (pun intended)."

"After all, the Finals MVP Trophy isn't named after George Mikan. It's named after Bill Russell. As the League Office, we must do everything in our power to help Mr. Russell retain his team's place in history."

Yours Truly,

Darth Stern

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ALL KIDDING ASIDE.

I EXPECTED A ONE GAME SUSPENSION MERELY DUE TO THE CLOSE-UP CAMERA ANGLE AND SLOW MOTION REPLAY THAT KEPT ON BEING REPLAYED.

FROM OTHER ANGLES, IT LOOKED LIKE DREW WAS A LITTLE LATE AND, REALIZING THAT HE WASN'T ABLE TO BLOCK THE SHOT, HE ATTEMPTED TO PUSH MRS. BEASLY UNDER THE BACKBOARD TO MAKE HIM MISS THE SHOT. UNFORTUNATELY, HE SHOVED JUST A LITTLE TOO HARD.

IN HINDSIGHT, HE SHOULD'VE JUST WRAPPED HIM UP.

ONE GAME ACCEPTABLE, BUT TWO GAMES RIDICULOUS!

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MRS. BEASLEY GOT SHOVED INTO A REMAKE OF "A FAMILY AFFAIR" AND DREW GETS TO SIT HOME FOR TWO GAMES...

JUSTICE ISN'T JUST BLIND, IT'S DEAF AND DUMB!!!!!!

Posted by: The Triangulator | March 20, 2011 at 11:52 AM

It's so subjective. But in the end, the NBA wins the punishment.

NO, NO, A THOUSAND TIMES NO!!! DARTH STERN...DAMN YOU!!!!
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The Triangulator, On the side of Truth, Justice and The Laker Way...PREACH TRIANGULATOR, PREACH!!!!!!!

Bynum did exactly the same thing to Gerald Wallace in 09.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbcjL7AVxMA

he needs to learn not to do this, regardless of whether it was intentional.
Beasley was taken out in the air. He could have had career ending injuries. As it was, he landed on his shooting arm.
The game was tied with 6:14 left. How is this a situation where a player isn't thinking clearly enough to avoid making such a move?

Wow. 2 Games does seem excessive. Stern wasn't getting enough attention lately so time to stir up some controversy and get his name back in the headlines.

Repost--

Jefe. love Eric Clapton's Let it Rain. Heres another fav of mine.

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

Hey Mamba24. Thanks for the Roll Call . Better late than never..lol

LETS GO LAKERS!

LAKERHOLICS, BE LOUD TONIGHT AT THE GAME!

JAMF.. RUN OUT ON THE COURT SO THAT WE MAY AKNOWLEDGE YOU!!

Posted by: ChicNstu | March 20, 2011 at 12:16 PM

The game was tied with 6:14 left. How is this a situation where a player isn't thinking clearly enough to avoid making such a move? Posted by: MJ | March 20, 2011 at 12:13 PM
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Well if I was getting the ISH beat out of me the entire game and the refs never blow the whistle, I might not be thinking to clearly either. I'll give the kid a pass on this. He just needs to get some stealth take-down moves from Kareem.

Triangular - I agree one game would've been fair. Two games seems excessive. Hopefully Drew will learn from this.

Unfortunately Drew's absence will shine the light on the FO only misstep of the off season, the signing Theo Ratliff. I still think its in the Lakers best interest in signing another center capable of playing 3-4 minutes a half.

Drew Bynum has grown up fast with that fine and suspension. Now he is aware the boundaries of toughness. Beasley was not a perfect individual either because previous to that hard foul, he was getting into the nerves of Artest and Barnes, so Drew did the pay back. Apparently, it is not a good basketball to play dirty tho' everyone knows it's part of the game as u grow-up. On the 2nd thought, this is an opportunity of Caracter, Lamar to shine and take that void in the post.

When our Spanish blogger, Israel asked a couple of threads back, "what do you mean by soft" in reference to their idol, Pau? Well, the opposite of a soft boiled egg is what Bynum just did, a hard boiled egg, as the jellos will not be jiggling placed in the freezer for solitary confinement against Portland, Suns w/$ 250K contribution to Stearn's coffers. On top of that our 2nd position in Western standing will face another challenge as Lakers go back to Bynum-less games like the the 1st half of the season, what a bomber?

JAMF.. RUN OUT ON THE COURT SO THAT WE MAY AKNOWLEDGE YOU!! Posted by: ChicNstu | March 20, 2011 at 12:16 PM
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Justa does not have to run out on the court for me to acknowledge her. I acknowledge her with Every Breathe I take...Hit it Sting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEnJDaqT3-0

Unfortunately Drew's absence will shine the light on the FO only misstep of the off season, the signing Theo Ratliff. I still think its in the Lakers best interest in signing another center capable of playing 3-4 minutes a half. Posted by: LRob | March 20, 2011 at 12:18 PM
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OH SWEET JESUS LROB!!! Surely you don't mean that... The Great Theo Ratliff can't play 3-4 minutes a half? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ok, a politically incorrect repost...

hell, i'm tired of this pansifying of professional sports.

i can easily understand why the other team would want a suspension, but a hard foul is part of the game, and has ALWAYS been part of the game(actually, the HEAD COACH of the other team saw nothing wrong with the foul!). i would like to see hard fouls more often, personally. teams should show respect to each other and when they don't, a hard foul is, and always has been appropriate. i can't say just how many games i've wanted to see a hard foul when the other team is playing chippy and hard and getting layups.

i might not like a one game suspension, but i could see that as fair. two games is just a typical "leveling the playing field" type of action. this is reason enough for the Lakers to take the title this year and make the guys on the east coast unhappy again.

my God! it wasn't too long ago i saw Rajon Rondo sling a guy into the scorer's table with no penalty! all this foul REALLY was, no matter how much it hurt, was a body check. when Horry body checked Nash and busted his face, there wasn't this kind of reaction! this league's penalties are random and personal, just like the way that the refs call the game these days. more and more, this league becomes WWE, a fictitious approximation of competition.

as far as i can tell, Beasley had crossed the line with trash talking all night. even Pau couldn't resist calling Minny talentless scrubs who should have been used as floor mops. traditionally, that kind of thing was always allowed to be settled on the floor between men, and that's how it should be. more and more, we are losing our right to defend ourselves and our honor, leading to a world with no violence maybe, but no love and no freedom either. watch movies from the 30's, anyone who spit in someone else's face or otherwise disrespected another with no provocation could expect a punch in the nose. no one would think badly about the puncher in that case, figuring that the punchee had it coming for being a jerk. i prefer that to a police state that makes sure that none can do anything but take another prozac, myself. others don't have to agree.

i'm truly glad that Beasley wasn't seriously hurt, but i'm not so sure that i'm not glad that he's bruised.

@LRob, with Joe Smith and and Theo Ratliff with almost got a center that can play that grueling 3-4 minutes a half!!! LMAO!!!!! OH MY LAKERS, MY LAKERS!!!!!

i'm truly glad that Beasley wasn't seriously hurt, but i'm not so sure that i'm not glad that he's bruised. posted by: mud | March 20, 2011 at 12:29 PM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!! PREACH MUD, PREACH!!!!

Honestly, as someone who played basketball for a very long time and had a pretty much "career-ending" ankle break, I think the suspension was warranted as I had something similar happen to me. (A stupid, unnecessary foul)

It's a shame it's against Portland and not vs the suns and clippers. We can still win these two games with or without him. I hope this gives more minutes to Joe Smith as I feel like he has a lot to offer that we don't see persay, and not just minutes for Luke Walton (*shudder*)

I hope this play makes Andrew Bynum grow up a little but and realize that he can't do crap like this. It also means more minutes for #24 which I really was hoping wouldn't happen.

2 games is excessive but in my opinion a suspension was definitely warranted, or at least a huge fine.
I hope Beasley is okay.

Maybe the rest of the league will reconsider driving to the lane. And they call us soft!

David Stern operates like Mugabe a dictator, if that is a 2 game suspension then dwight howard, garnet will miss half the season, this sucks, but then again david stern wants the heat to win.

On top of that our 2nd position in Western standing will face another challenge as Lakers go back to Bynum-less games like the the 1st half of the season, what a bomber? Posted by: Edwin Gueco | March 20, 2011 at 12:18 PM
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WTH? Is this Edwin Gueco my mentor talking? No, No,No!!! We face a stern challenge every night regradless because we are the 4 Dynasty, 16 time back-to-back NBA champion Freakin LA Lakers with the target on our backs. This is good not bad. We're getting ready for the playoffs and we need all these little tests and ISH so we don't suddenly get comfortable and coast in. I predict this little stunt of Darth Sterns will produce 2 of the biggest blowouts in Lakers history for The Lakers. Just watch and behold the spectacle Edwin.

Well, let’s see if the team is up to the challenge of winning the next two without Andrew. It's really as simple as that. These last games are critical - especially since we're all assuming they will be in The Finals - because the goal was to secure HCA in The Finals which makes that flagrant foul sillier than it already was.

Expect a big game from Aldridge and a very confident Portland team tonight. With Kobe ailing and the defense hampered w/o Bynum, I have an awful feeling that the Lakers will drop this game. Gosh, I hope I'm wrong.


"Everything about the Lakers is geared toward winning playoff games. It's what they do." J.A. Adande


"Even when we didn’t make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship." Dr. Buss


Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!

We can all declare that the hiring of Theo was a garbage. We got two new additions in Blake & Barnes but another recycled trash in Theo and Joe. Well, the Great Luke will again get some minutes, hopefully his slow footwork D could slow down Fernandez & Battum or else another helluva of Luke fun time in the blog.

In honor of Mrs. Beasley's departure from the game on Friday night...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfyvQSCbeiE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

Two games is ridiculous.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

2 games is excessive but in my opinion a suspension was definitely warranted, or at least a huge fine.
I hope Beasley is okay.

Posted by: Diandra | March 20, 2011 at 12:34 PM

by all acounts, Beasley had it coming to him. he was not just an innocent victim, he played his part in this. i hope he's ok, too, but not because of sympathy for him becoming a victim, but just because i really don't like to see others hurt. otherwise, i'm all for plastering him to the floor. if you want to fine Drew, that's ok by me, but a two game suspension is unwarranted, especially when this foul is compared to others in the recent past. i just wish Drew had put his arms up and THEN blasted Beasley.

OK for the 1st cut on Game day I dedicate it to... Yes, Yes, Yes Justanothermambafan, :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp-UE1TT1rU&feature=related _ summertime _ Beyonce, P.Diddy

by all acounts, Beasley had it coming to him. he was not just an innocent victim, he played his part in this. i hope he's ok, too, but not because of sympathy for him becoming a victim, but just because i really don't like to see others hurt. otherwise, i'm all for plastering him to the floor. if you want to fine Drew, that's ok by me, but a two game suspension is unwarranted, especially when this foul is compared to others in the recent past. i just wish Drew had put his arms up and THEN blasted Beasley. Posted by: mud | March 20, 2011 at 12:43 PM
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SWEET JESUS!!!! HELL YEAH!!! PREACH MUD, PREACH!!!

"How is this a situation where a player isn't thinking clearly enough to avoid making such a move?

Posted by: MJ | March 20, 2011 at 12:13 PM "

Ask Raja Bell for his 2006 takedown of Kobe...that should have been a half season suspension.

[laughing]
hell NO!! m24, NO hell!!
but i'm glad you're having fun with it....

In honor of Mrs. Beasley's departure from the game on Friday night...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfyvQSCbeiE&feature=youtube_gdata_playerPosted by: The Triangulator | March 20, 2011 at 12:41 PM
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Triangulator listen to me very carefully. One cup of Dr. Fatty's Lakerholic tonic on Game Day Baby...Good! Two cups...No, No, No!! My God think of Buffy & Jodie, not to mention Cissy and mr. French!! LMAO!!!!!!!!

Portland may have brought the rain, but we're bringing the Huracan:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDju3zZDz4M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

2 games is excessive but in my opinion a suspension was definitely warranted, or at least a huge fine. I hope Beasley is okay. Posted by: Diandra | March 20, 2011 at 12:34 PM
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WTH??? My God who is this new kind and sensitive Diandra??? BRING HER BACK!! BRING HER BACK NOW!!! We want our old Diandra back and we want her BACK NOW!!! I detect a hint of Darth Stern in this somewhere!!

Stern is playing with the Lakers!!!!! Stern and the reffing this year has been a joke. Calling of technicals has been a joke. Some guys get them for looking at a ref, some won't for constant "beaching"....Stern controls the league, he does not want the Lakers to succeed, he does not want Dwight Howard to move West in 2012....The reffing has been horrible, rescinding technicals, hey...those may have affected the outcome of the game....Instead of a statue in honor of David Stern, he should be in the foundation of the Brooklyn arena...."Hoffa style"....

Mamba24,

Have faith, Bynum is the kid, the veterans are left....they should blow out their opponents all the way to the end, even the final 16 games of the season, the ones in the playoffs, here, there, everywhere, blow them out!!! Run the system. Don't let Stern and his Zebras/"Unicorns" beat "us"....


@TOM DANIELS … Congrats on the well-deserved Friedman. Your take on Kurt Rambis is right on. Frankly, I like the moves that the Wolves front office has made in getting Darko and Beasley. Darko will never be worth his draft position but Beasley can play. If they add Rubio next year and another very high draft pick – hopefully some size and talent in the middle – they could be a surprise team.
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I do like that Kurt has shown he really learned a lot from Phil. Like Phil, he has given each guy on the team a role and is trying to take those building blocks and turn them into a successful rotation. They are obviously missing some major parts like a point guard but you can see planning and organization behind what they are doing. I agree that it is a tough job for Kurt but I think he has done a good job.
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I was disappointed in the NBA suspending Drew for 2 games. Smacks more of Commissioner Stern’s parity efforts than fairness. I watched a replay of most of the game last night and Drew was getting hammered all night without any calls. Bump after bump and no call. That’s why he got angry and retaliated when Beasley went into the lane. In the day, that would have just been a hard foul. Tough break for Drew. Let’s hope that Pau can show some needed toughness at center tonight.
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The Mt. Carmel Lakers play in the Marin County CYO Basketball 5th Grade Championship Game today so I am looking for them to make up for the funk I feel because of Drew’s suspension by winning the game this afternoon. We are playing another Mill Valley team that has been together for three years and won 2 championships. We watched them play after our game yesterday and our players are confident we can stop them. At this age, games are all about defense and fast breaks and we’re playing like the Lakers are supposed to play. I’m in need for a Lakers daily double win today.
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Portland may have brought the rain, but we're bringing the Huracan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDju3zZDz4M&feature=youtube_gdata_playerPosted by: The Triangulator | March 20, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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Damn, that's some catchy ISH!! I like it!!! Jam on Triangulator with your bad self!!! DJ LRob Watch Out!!!! LOL!
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Look at Beaseley...no matter what, he doesn't look right....play on....

Humanomaly be careful...Darth Stern sees all and hears all...The freakin Evil lil twerp!!!

Look at Beaseley...no matter what, he doesn't look right....play on....
Posted by: humanomaly | March 20, 2011 at 01:03 PM
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WTH??? ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@FRMKT, not only are you wrong that the Lakers will drop this game...THE LAKERS WILL BLOW OUT THIS GAME SIR!!! Carry On!

Well stuff like this is why Drew will be dogged by Dwight Howard rumors until 2012.

The Lakers have played so long without him that they'll probably still get the wins these next 2 games. In fact, they may try harder now knowing he's not there, and thus won't mentally check out like they did against the Wolves.

My opinion is that Bynum deserved this since he could have caused real injury, though I have little sympathy for Beasley either since he was acting like a punk the whole game. Also, the way Kobe and others get smacked around in the post without calls in a lot of games has really lowered my sympathy level in general.

If the refs really want to discourage this type of play, maybe they should NOT swallow their whistles the next time Kobe gets knocked to the ground when he drives for a lay-up. Otherwise a serious injury WILL happen sooner or later, and the NBA will have nobody to blame but itself with its maddeningly inconsistent reffing.

david stern is a short liitle girl, he hates lakers, he wants miami on top, we better win this season and he should reason

"Honestly, as someone who played basketball for a very long time and had a pretty much "career-ending" ankle break, I think the suspension was warranted as I had something similar happen to me. (A stupid, unnecessary foul)"

Posted by: Diandra | March 20, 2011 at 12:34 PM
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A hard foul is when a player makes a concerted effort to go after the ball and in the process, there's a serious collision which might make other teams think twice about driving into the lane. Anything other than that is defined as flagrant which can cause teams to go after one of the offender's better players.
1 or 2 games, it surely doesn't matter now but when Beasley took that fall, it was almost "Bogut like" and I thought he was going to break his arm and damage the hip area.

I think the league looked at the circumstances that led up to the flagrant. There was speculation that Andrew was getting frustrated with the no-calls and the fact that Beasley was "jawing" back and forth with Artest, so I think the league decided that the flagrant was more retaliatory rather than accidental, hence, the league’s justification for the 2nd game suspension. 1 was definitely warranted but I think that was the thought behind the additional game.

Not the end of the world.

2 instances of poor judgement on a hard foul in 6 years. let's not overreact.

rest up the knees and ankle big guy.

Not the end of the world.

2 instances of poor judgement on a hard foul in 6 years. let's not overreact.

rest up the knees and ankle big guy.

I think the league looked at the circumstances that led up to the flagrant. There was speculation that Andrew was getting frustrated with the no-calls and the fact that Beasley was "jawing" back and forth with Artest, so I think the league decided that the flagrant was more retaliatory rather than accidental, hence, the league’s justification for the 2nd game suspension. 1 was definitely warranted but I think that was the thought behind the additional game. Posted by: frmkt | March 20, 2011 at 01:11 PM
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Yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! But Darth stern is still an Evil little twerp. Carry On!


@FRMKT, not only are you wrong that the Lakers will drop this game...THE LAKERS WILL BLOW OUT THIS GAME SIR!!! Carry On!

Posted by: mamba24 | March 20, 2011 at 01:08 PM
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Don't get me wrong: I certainly hope so Marine "As You Were"

I try to keep my comments objective on Medina's Blog. Keyword is "try." :-)

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Back to that flagrant: the nail in the coffin was that elbow. If he got to the rotation too late and just turned his body to brace for the collision, no flagrant. But that elbow in Beasley's chest while he was in mid-air didn't help the Lakers' cause.


"Everything about the Lakers is geared toward winning playoff games. It's what they do." J.A. Adande


"Even when we didn’t make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship." Dr. Buss


Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!

Two games is a bit much, but Drew is a Laker. This is all part of the maturation process for a big guy. When you become dominant, other teams have no choice but to come at you physically. They can't match up. And the refs tend to swallow their whistles when smaller guys hit bigger ones. Drew is bigger than everybody, so he will take a beating.


It's frustrating, not to mention painful. And from Mikan to Wilt to Kareem to Shaq every big guy has had to learn to deal with it.


Drew is only 23 with not a lot of NBA miles. Hopefully he learns from this to turn his anger into rebounds, dunks and blocked shots. This is relatively cheap, really. Kareem was out for 2 months in 1977 when he punched Kent Benson (and he was 30 years old). 2 games is nothing if Drew learns from it.

stern is a fake and phony,
he makes it all up as he goes along.
read what the nba writer
at yahoo sports has to say about him.
and also what stan van gundy had to say
was spot on.

RANDOM THOUGHTS ~ BRIEF VISIT . . .

Hello everyone. Reading everyday, but seldom posting recently. Hopefully that will change in due time. (JUSTA- MrsLM says "Hi".)

1. Stern seeking to help Lakers prep for playoffs, giving Drew a couple of games off to rest that knee. Sneaky move on his part. Rumor has it that the delayed announcement (no word on Saturday) was due to Stern's underlings checking to see when Lakers next play Memphis. Seems the Commisioner was eyeing that as one of the games Drew might miss. Such a thoughtful commissioner.


2. Commentator Walt Frazier sounds like some light-headed, distant-cousin to cartoon character Yogi Bear.


3. Not to be outdone, commentator Tommmy Heinsohn is a deadringer for cartoon character Fred Flintstone. I dare you to tell me you cannot hear the freakishly erie similarities! WILMA!!! THAT WAS A FOUL!!!! NO TOMMY POINTS FOR THAT OFFICIAL!!!!!


4. Keep your eyes on the Chicago Bulls. Convergence of Zen-like ying-yang beginning to emerge. (Remember all those bizarre repeats between Lincoln & Kennedy? One's assasin fled theater to be captured in a warehouse, the other fled warehouse to be captured in a theater... Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy, Kennedy's secretary named Lincoln... etc, etc.)
--Jacksons first championship as NBA coach was Bulls over Lakers // Last could be Lakers over Bulls
--Jacksons TWO threepeats in Chicago following Laker's Showtime Dynasty // TWO threepeats in LA following Chicago's MJ Dynasty
--Jackson only PLAYED in two NBA Championship Series (injured in 69-70). LOST his first chance against... THE LAKERS. WON his second chance against... THE LAKERS!


5. Celtics 13-8 so far in February-March. Smells a lot like last year's medicore record over the final half of the season which ended up being a rope-a-dope. But, since the Perkin's trade, that "Celtic Mystique" seems over-inflated. No more "undefeated starters" nonsense. No more, "we've been there - done that" assertions. And a celtic-fans, nausea-inducing dependency on Shaq, or Jermaine, or Baby, or Krystic in the middle come crunch time?


Carry on...
LakerMike


Don't get me wrong: I certainly hope so Marine "As You Were" I try to keep my comments objective on Medina's Blog. Keyword is "try." :-)Posted by: frmkt | March 20, 2011 at 01:18 PM
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Don't get me wrong sir, you do a fine job, a mighty fine job of being objective. This Marine has only the highest of regards for you sir! I shall now back away ever so slowly before you tell me to drop and give you 20. LOL!

To be "the Beast" forces to you to be beast and to act like a beast. To applaud the beast and soon to cry the sanction is incongruous.

Damn that LakerMike has a way or making a return doesn't he? Well LakerMike I guess it goes without saying that I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! Carry on!! And we are looking for much more carrying on by you on this Blog my brother!!!

I see where the NBA office gave Aaron Brooks a one game suspension for throwing a ball at the official and hitting him on the leg. I guess the NBA office wants Brooks ready for the lakers on tuesday. Drew should have received a one game suspension rather than two.


A BIGGER, BADDER, AND BETTER BYNUM !!!!!!!!
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I’m definitely bummed that Drew got a 2-game suspension and wish he had not lost his cool and laid the wood to Beasley like he did. On the other hand, I also feel a little bit like the parent who is proud of his kid for being tough. Toughness is a basic requirement for a championship team and having opposing players worrying in the back of the minds about possibly getting fouled hard if they attack the paint with Drew in the game in the playoffs is probably worth the two-game suspension. It’s an often ignored part of why Drew is such a defensive force. Just ask Kendrick Perkins, Gerald Wallace, or Michael Beasley. Bottom line, the message delivered may be worth missing the two games.
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While nobody likes to see their players take cheap shots and possibly injure an opposing player or get suspended, we also don’t want players who are afraid to get physical. The Lakers are fortunate that they have several key players who have that edge and will not hesitate to retaliate when physically bullied or hammered. Kobe, Derek, Ron, and Drew definitely share that trait and opponents know not to mess with them for that reason. These are the guys you want having your back in a battle. It’s their toughness and how it even rubs off on Pau and Lamar that will help this team win again.
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I think Pau and Lamar and the rest of the Lakers will bond together and come out and win the next two games to show their appreciation for Drew and the innate toughness that he brings to the team. I think Pau and Lamar will come out determined to provide the same interior physicality and defensive intensity that Drew provided. They know how he has had their backs in every game since the All-Star break. Now it’s their turn to have Drew’s back and go out there and win these two games to make sure that Drew’s suspension did not hurt the team or its chances for home court advantage in the Finals.
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EVERYBODY SAYING "HOPE HE LEARNS FROM THIS" HELLO!! ITS NOT LIKE HE DOES THIS EVERY GAME!! C'MON!

A BIGGER, BADDER, AND BETTER BYNUM !!!!!!!!
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Posted by: LakerTom | March 20, 2011 at 01:46 PM
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If it wasn't bad enough that the Lakers had crept back up to 2nd place. Now, NOW... A BIGGER, BADDER, AND BETTER BYNUM !!!!!!!! BE AFRAID NBA, BE VERY AFRAID!!!!!!


Oh by the way LakerTom, i forgot to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! Carry On!

Dude....Remember when Kobe got cloth lined by Bell you wanted him suspended for the entire playoffs. It was just in the heat of the playoff basketball right, just like Beasley Kobe brought it upon himself. I honestly think he got off lightly, should have been more. Let K-mart deliver a hard foul like that on Pau, you'll want him kick out the association FOREVER. Always wanting the CARD stack in your corner, get real and STOP CRYING.

2 games is total BS for that play. I was worried Stern had it out for the Laker's, now I know it's true. Same reason Kobe isn't getting calls and sent to the line this year...Stern wants the Cheat to rule in his universe.
Portland will be real tough without AB...Laker's better bring their A game...GO LAKERS!

I dont know how you homers can defend this play. The guy, the team, your team are a bunch of thugs. It was a cheap shot by an over rated player. You FAKERS whine and comnplain anytime you get fouled just a little bit but when one of your players makes a hard, cheap foul you all whine poor me. The laker fan are some of the worst fans in the league. Thats not just me saying it, the whole world knows it. I guess I shouldnt expect much from a city that riots and burns their own houses down to fight the man. I am so glad I dont live in LA. I cant wait until "Kobe the raper" retires and you are back to the bottom where you belong. A bunch of low grade people supporting low grade people.

I think Bynum well deserved the 2 game suspension. However, with or without him, NO TEAM IN NBA CAN BEAT LAKERS.

GO LAKERS GO

Yes! Yes! Yessss! This is the best news the Lakers have had in a long time. Bynum is becoming an enforcer. Blooming into a defensive minded big man who will stop penetration with force. He is definitely not the wide eyed kid who first came into the league. Now if he can just stay healthy, he can be a key element in a successful threepeat.

You're KIDDING me, right? TWO GAMES for that? Why is it that other teams are allowed to body slam opponents to the ground and not even have a foul called, let alone get suspended for two games? But if they're wearing purple and gold, suspended! For two games. I guess the league wants things to be interesting heading in to the playoffs...

Bynum took a shot to the throat on the other end with no call just before he leveled Beasley. He was obviously upset but he went a little over the top. Drew could've hit him just as hard legally. He needs to channel his frustration into being more dominant on the boards. ***Lamar was studly as he stepped in to shield Bynum from any reprisals.

I love my team...I Love the Lakers. Thats said I have to agree somwhat with the post about supporting this. It WAS a cheap foul and a cheap shot. We as a team dont need to play like that in order to win games. I am dissapointed by the fans on here supporting this type of gameplay. We shouldnt be acting like thugs....as we often do.

I am ashamed to be a Laker fan today. I cant believe people on here are supporting this and arnt upset by such a cheap shot. We dont have to play like that to win, we are too good for that. That kind of foul is what gives us a bad name and also causes us to loose games. Have some integerty people....If that was your friend or teammate getting fouled like that would you be so quick to deffend it? No I say. Call it like it is... A CHEAP shot.

Time for David Stern to go. The End.

STU JACKSON IS THE "ANTICHRIST" OF THE NBA!

Time for Stearn to go....Poor Lakers...Their picking on us....What a bunch of iddiottttttttsss you people are. The guy made a CHEAP HARD FOULD. It was a CHEAP SHOT by a looser laker. The guy was wrong. He deserved the 2 game susp. I dont know how you people can defend it...I donr get it. Other tha your all just a bunch of dousch bag hommers and blindly follow your team. God it would suck to be a Faker Fan

David Stern is the World's Luckiest Man, a shrimpy loudmouth with a Napoleonic Complex who somehow has convinced people he's a good commissioner. In reality he was fortunate enough to become commissioner in 1984--yes folks, the same year as Michael Jordan entered the league--and also at the same time Magic & Bird were in their collective prime. Instead of counting his lucky stars for this bit of ridiculous fortune he actually thought the league's popularity was something HE did. Anyone could have run the NBA and been good at it during this time.

When REAL leadership was needed, this so-called great commissioner still managed to screw up the 1998-99 season and on top of that oversaw an expansion that practically everyone now agrees was excessive and unncessary, diluting the talent pool and creating lame franchises. Now we're looking at another lockout under his watch.

As Phil J says, the suspensions handed down under Stern's jurisdiction are arbitrary and without a true standard. One of those rulings might very well have cost the Phoenix Suns the NBA title several years ago. The only standard seems to be how Stern feels on a particular day. Yeah, it's all very despotic. How the moods swing...

This clown is in love with his own power. Like any power mad dictator, he thinks he's bigger than his country--or in this case, the game itself. Van Gundy pretty much said that the other day, and Stern, like the doofus he is, fell heavy handidly right into the trap that VG set, proving VG's point.

"Two games is ridiculous.

Posted by: Jon K. | March 20, 2011 at 12:42 PM "

Ditto!

"Time for David Stern to go. The End.

Posted by: Stephen J. Smith | March 20, 2011 at 03:18 PM
"

Ditto again!

Cmon - we are always begging for a hard foul on these guys that come pouring into the paint for layup drills on the lakers.

Beasley was talking trash all game - players were clobbering drew all night with no calls. Just like dhoward - just because he's big the refs let the opponent hammer away at him at will - even head shots with no calls.

Just because they are big doesn't mean it's not a foul. Either let them play or call the foul a foul regardless of the size of the player.

That's why dhoward is so tech prone - he gets clawed at all night and doesn't get the calls.

Getting sick of the wnba...i like the old days when a hard foul were a part of the game.

wow just spent an hour reading the comments..Lakers fans are the best in the nba..hey this will only make bynum better....mentally and physically he gets a little rest....and it's not an injury.....yes let them play....bynum didn't punch a guy he just gave a hard foul and he's a big dude.....oops

We will now have more pool time with Andrew!!!!

I think Fair play, aka fakers SUCK, got out of bed on the wrong side this morning...LOL

Beasley is a punk anyways...good job Drew and nice to see LO & Barnes stand there ready...that was awesome. Rick Mahorn has got to be just sitting there shaking his head on a 2 game suspension for that play...Stern is a Napoleon

Wow there sure are alot of creampuffs on this blog in the 80's that was just a hard foul now all of a sudden Drew needs to growup all these judgemental comments how many of you actually played ball before they sure dont make men like they used to, alot of you need to check yourself I have no problems with the foul drew put on Beasley he's a big boy he can take it.

Better now than later in the playoffs. Hopefully Bynum learns to control his frustration and not commit dumb, flagrant fouls that ultimately hurt the team because of his suspension.

So Kevin Garnett gets ZERO games for making contact with an official and Bynum gets two?


Nice work NBA.

I can remember not so long ago, bloggers and fans wishing for an enforcer, a big who would man the paint. And sometimes it's what you need, somebody who's willing to do the dirty work. I doubt that Drew thought of it that way, doubt that he premeditated anything that might cause an injury - he simply acted in the moment and I'm okay with that. It's nothing that Oakley or Rodman or Alonzo or Deke wouldn't have done. I used to go to games at the Forum and believe me, Rambis wasn't shy under the basket either. And then there's Phil Jackson himself - once threw a backwards elbow and broke Jerry West's nose coming off the court - AFTER the game was over. That's old school. So, sorry that young Bynum has to sit a couple games but real glad he's sending some signals out across the league - enter the paint at your own peril.

I think I understand WHY Bynum did it. On the play right before, Byun had gotten a rebound in the lane, got hit by several players going up and missed the putback, then got his own rebound and went back up again, being hit several more times, and missed again. He probably thought, "hey... they're just letting a lot of stuff go, so foul hard and wish for the best" So he fouled Beasley hard to avoid him getting to the rim.

But the weight difference between Bynum taking 4 or 5 hits from smaller guys versus Beasley getting one hit from Bynum meant Bynum didn't go down, but Beasley did.

Bynum deserved the suspension... but he also deserved to get free throws on the play right before he made the bad foul. He needs to learn to calm down faster. Maybe he should talk to Ron Artest's shrink.

G. Money,

I believe you are responding to a post of mine. Half a season, a full season, 20 games, something significant. That was almost 5 years ago. How many more blatant takedowns have occurred since then???
Thank you for keeping track of my "thoughts and considerations". You do a much better job of it than I. I don't live or die by precision. So you're saying it's ok to intentionally harm another player....I paid no attention to any of the talk of the game being chippy, and players talking. That doesn't justify anything.

"Kobe brought it upon himself. I honestly think he got off lightly, should have been more. Let K-mart deliver a hard foul like that on Pau, you'll want him kick out the association FOREVER. Always wanting the CARD stack in your corner, get real and STOP CRYING."

Should I want the card stack in "your corner" and I'm not crying. I think the Lakers will do fine in the next 2 games, and as I said, the only thing I'm afraid of, but not crying because of, is that the Lakers have been playing pretty well as of late. Bynum had seemed to find a niche where he was letting the game come to him. Not picking up early fouls, just using his size to his advantage. Now comes the hard part in his career, as Shaq went through, and Howard is going through, he's not getting the calls that BIG men get and maintaining his game.

So G. Money, you called me out, and I'll think about it.

Fakers suck....work on your spelling.

Mamba24, about Beasle's looks (yes, I know that's not how to spell his name or make it grammatically possessive)...but I think he needs a makeover....look, even Carmelo cut his hair.

Can't wait for the attacks at me....
..whatever happened to Ding Ho from Prattville (Ding How Chinese Buffet in Prattville, Ala??? I called, Ding didn't know who the Lakers were...( I actually think it was Kevin Ding of the OC Register, whose work I respect)........ GWB/LGC??? .... Kwame calves....geez, I got stuff to do for a few years and it's a new bunch.... Hi Tom., Hi Justa....

juat real fast..the last 3 yrs ive been telling everyone that stern is a clown..he is fascinated with ringlum bros. and wants to turn this league into a circus.. im so thrilled that im not alone on seeing what is happening to this game..the integrity is dismal. a game that is won and lost on momentum and pace is destroyed by clowns wearing pinstripes ( or gray-ish like) shirts with whistles in stead of horns and nba logos instead of make up. dont ever forget or doubt what you see and believe. thats what it is. im leaving you all with a fact of an example...last yr in the finals after game 3 doc rivers literaly got so discouraged by what fish did to them that he literaly went on espn and not only critisized the officiating but flat out called them blind. unfair and he wont let his team lose like that. THEN to make matters worse he went to the league officials office with three tapes in hand of nothing but the lakers of course fouling the celtics...mind you more than half of them were called..he simply said after wards." i just wanted to bring this to the attention of the commisioner"..guess what..no fine..no public scowling,,nothing..but when phil, or popo say anything in the lightest spirit regarding the refs..$10,000 all day..oh my bad and 5o,000 once too...and doc didnt include the ridiculous play of rondo ( who technically fouled out in the 2nd qtr) and garnett who fouled out in the 4th but really should have been out in the 3rd..lakeshow proved to be deserving back to back gods that only phil, mj, and kobe..etc..know how to be....( phil has never won just back to back or one ..he , mj, and kobe,,oh and fish and pippen are the only men that have won in three's only) think about this next time you get ridiculed for stating the blatant crime you are witnessing on espn wed. night basketball, or the playoffs..chances are you are right...got to go..lakeshow loyals i love you all...

I gave that book about last years championship run as a gift to a friend, I only glanced at a few pics...I saw one pic of Lamar in locker room without his jersey or a shirt on....you know, Lamar is pretty muscular for looking so lean, being 6'10" plus, I think Beasele would have had his makeover if Lamar and Matt had to "hold him back"......

Beasley had also got hit clear across the face on a layup shortly before that with no call. If he had taken his frustrations out on a Lakers player because of that, I don't think anyone here would be saying a suspension wasn't deserved. I know it's hard to see Bynum miss a couple games but we have to be realistic here too.

Had to say this. In this case, the problem is not Stern, but Stu Jackson. He is the kid that go fired for being a poor executive. Not once, but twice. Stern pick him up just to show he is not a racist. Most of the league said this guy was and still is a poor choice. Stu has never like the Lakers and through out the years, he has shown that. Simple put, 2 is too much, but they want Dallas in the second seed. Can't stand the Lakers. Stern babies are the team back east.

2 games is very excessive, there was nothing malicious about the contact in that foul. Typical NBA over reaction.

Don't kid yourself about Stu Jackson. While he is definitely in charge of enforcement, there is no way a control junkie like Napoleon Bonaparte Stern gives him or any of his other underlings carte blanche. Stu gets the blame but Little David is the man behind the curtain pulling the strings.

Forgot to mention earlier that under Stern's vastly overrated watch, a very successful basketball team that had been part of its community for over 4o years was essentially stolen away from the town that had supported it through good and bad times. It was so friggin' obvious when the Sonics were purchased by some billionaire jerk from OK that they were headed to the dust bowl. Aforementioned billionaire jerk tried to extort money from the taxpayers to build an arena for him (and as someone who has actually been to Key Arena, it was a fine place to watch a game!) and when they predictably wouldn't do it, adios. Say goodbye to your team, Seattle, we don't care how many millions of tickets you've purchased over the years.

Where was Napoleon B. Stern? Probably driving the moving van.

Poor little tiny brain big body Bynum. I guess we should have traded the big Dummy. Now we only have two 7' centers to attack Portland 6'11 center-power forward Camby. Aldridge will probably go off on us now. He should have been and all star and he will probably prove it again tonight. But after watching the video of the flagrant foul and not the 1st one by Bynum, The league made the right call. Better to get the dufus off the floor before the playoffs. Don't want to see him do this in a 1st round playoff game. We might be eliminated. Especially if Ron Ron does something stupid with his tiny brain also.

The Faker fans are the stupidiest people I have ever seen. You people are low grade humans. Trash. You are the kind of people that burm your own houses down to protest "the man" LOL wow you people are stupid. The PUNK made a cheap shot. He got what he deserved. It was a cheap shot by a cheap player on a team full of cheap people. LA...HA what a bunch of trash. Low grade humans living in a fog of polution. Lakers SUCK and you all know it does. Blazers will whipe the floor with you tonight. Rape you like Kobe would

I think Fair play, aka fakers SUCK, aka Laker Fans are completely dumb, got out of bed on the wrong side this morning...LOL

Stupidiest??? LOL. Talk about dumb...

"Fakers?" (please try SOMETHING original...that is so old btw)

"Rape you like Kobe would?" (that's classy)

"Team full of cheap people?" (Derek Fisher--president of the NBA Player's Association? Hall of Fame Coach and author of several books, Phil Jackson?)

"Lakers suck and you all know it does?" (try diagramming that sentence!)

"Stupidest people I've ever seen" (read your own writing. I don't think I'd try and toss stones if I were living in YOUR glass house. p.s.--maybe you should read more books.)

Think of all those poor angry Blazer fans that got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning...loosers again! LOL

Stupid foul...Can't do that and get away with it. Great article!


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