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Lakers provide mixed assessment on how Andrew Bynum is handling his suspension

Displaying the same aggressiveness he uses when fighting through double teams and grabbing rebounds, Lakers center Andrew Bynum rushed past the assembled media Monday after the Lakers' practice.

That left everyone else on the team to explain how Bynum's handled his two-game suspension for getting a flagrant foul, type 2, after throwing Minnesota forward Michael Beasley with his right forearm. The assessment sounded fairly mixed.

"He was frustrated," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said.

"He's been chilling. His mood was good," Lakers forward Pau Gasol said. "I know it hurts him not to be able to play. But it sounded like he's holding up pretty well. I'd be really upset if I got suspended and I would have to pay that kind of money. But for the most part he's handled it pretty well.

The Lakers lamented his absence after their 84-80 victory Sunday over the Portland Trail Blazers in which the Blazers won the rebound battle, 45-35, and cashed in on 21 second-chance points. They'll also miss his presence Tuesday when the Lakers host the Phoenix Suns, with Jackson going so far to joke that Gasol is "depressed" for having to play nearly 45 minutes against Portland. Aside from Bynum's two-game absence, however, the Lakers believe there's a full long-term benefits to his suspension.

Jackson said Bynum planned to use his time away from the court to build strength in his legs and alleviate the fluid that still remains in his right knee. Bryant was "proud of him" and that Bynum had "earned his stripes," believing that mind-set will pay dividends come postseason play. And Lakers forward Lamar Odom argued it would serve as a teaching moment for how to maintain toughness without sparking disciplinary action.

"We want him to continue to play strong and play physical and be himself," Odom said. "Hopefully it never happens again."

-- Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

 
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Aggressiveness ... tsk tsk

I have a question. Who can tell me who has been the most dominant pivot nba?

The best couple PF/C could be Twin Towers Ralph Sampson and Akeem Olajuwon or David Robinson and Tim Duncan.

3 bigs can be Bynum, Odom and Gasol?

GM apologizes for the change of subject and for my bad English

I have a question. Who can tell me who has been the most dominant pivot nba?

The best couple PF/C could be 'Twin Towers' Ralph Sampson and Akeem Olajuwon or David Robinson and Tim Duncan.

3 bigs can be Bynum, Odom and Gasol

MM apologizes for the change of subject and for my bad English

thank you ron-ron to help gerald out about who you are and what you played for. i'm sure it will help him out NEXT TIME!

Staples 24,


The 80's Lakers took a flyer on an untested coach named Riley. The Bulls took a flyer on an untested coach named Jackson.


I am perfectly comfortable with Shaw or Rambis (or Cleamons for that matter) as opposed to a retread who tries to come in and change everything up on a team that has found a way to be successful together. I would truss the Busses, Kupchak and PJ to pick a successor. The key is probably the respect he would have from the players.


Now if Popovich were available........


Triangulator- Nice samba by Menza, I don't really have much of his at all. If it's instrumentals today, I'll throw a little Dexter Gordon out there, Cheese Cake:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G0-U8DPxY8

A three peat NBA Champions can not experiment with a unproven young Coach such as Shaw or Rambis, continuation of the system or not.
Posted by: Staples 24 | March 21, 2011 at 02:38 PM
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Thank you. Also for goodness sake, the next coach doesn't have to be an ex Lakers player.

Israel - lest we forget: Nate Thurmond and Wilt played together on Warriors for a season and a third. The '64-'65 stats for those two (Nate mostly played forward with some backup at C) until Wilt was traded to the 76ers:

Thurmond: pts/game - 16.5 rebs/game - 18.1 asst/game - 2
Wilt: pts/game - 38.9 rebs/game - 23.5 asst/game - 3.4

That's a pretty formidable duo if you ask me.

What an oddly misleading headline.

Funny how people are saying the Lakers are going to miss him during the suspension when all they can talk about is how to trade him just weeks ago.

PI,

I am concerned.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@LRob: My pleasure. I actually have two friends that played on that album.

@Mark G: Dexter. Niiiiice!!!

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

Did I miss the latest Henry Abbott article on how Kobe Bryant "clutchness" is overrated? Sorry Dan L - I couldn't resist.


Aloha!

What is this the PSP is hearing about stalkers and what not? Looks like the PSP has been slacking on duty! Need to step the game up.

On a serious note, stalkers are weird, uncool, and a lot of times dangerous. Be careful justa!

Thanks
PSP Intern

3 bigs can be Bynum, Odom and Gasol?

Posted by: Israel | March 21, 2011 at 03:09 PM
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Bird, McHale & Parish!

does anyone see any correlation to the post strings below, just curious:


Bzzzzt, wrong answer.

For a PI, you're not the brightest.



@63 FOOTER…. Don’t forget about Wayne Hightower, a 6-8 power forward on the same team as Wilt and Nate and comprised the first Triple Towers. That was back when I was a Warriors fan.
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TOM

63 Footer@ Thank you. It will look for some video and more information about this duo.

LRob@Thank you. I have seen many parties of boston-lakers of this epoch. It was the epoch in which comence to seeing parties of the nba.

The bunnies at the grotto are taking good care of AB while he's out...he's in good hands!

No need to get personal!!

I couldn't possibly be the first person to tell you that.

@jq, you don't miss someone untill they're gone, if only for 2 games.

LakterTom - true that on Hightower. I simply overlooked him because he was such a "midget" on that team.

Congrats on your team's championship win and doing such a great job as coach.

@LRob, I can take it. Was too busy to watch the game, but anytime two of your top three offensive threats (Aldridge and Miller) combine to shoot 11 of 31 AND you still have a chance to win, that's some effort on defense and the boards.

Guys like Kobe and Brandon Roy make a living by making shots at the end of games. That's what they do. That's why we watch. Playoffs around the corner. I expect more of the same from both teams.

Until next time, you Lakerholics take care.

@LakerTom - "Don’t forget about Wayne Hightower, a 6-8 power forward on the same team as Wilt and Nate and comprised the first Triple Towers. That was back when I was a Warriors fan. "

Wow, you go back quite a ways yourself, don't you? I always thought Hightower was a pretty good ballplayer. Boy, was he a string-bean. No way a guy 6-8 and skinny like that could play PF today, is there? But he played back when a lot of Centers and PF's were 6-8/6-10 and real thin. Don't know if you remember LeRoy Ellis and Gene Wiley from the early 60's Laker's. LeRoy, of course, came back to the Laker's to back up Wilt on the 69-13 Championship team of 1971-1972 - and then got traded the next season to Philadelphia - which went the other way, finishing with a 9-73 record. Talk about "Penthouse" to "Outhouse", eh?

LeRoy, by the way, was listed at 6-10, 210 lbs for that season.

I've been on the shelf a bit lately. Appears I never completely got over a bad case of the flu I had a couple weeks ago.

Re: Bynum suspension - even though he laid Beasley out pretty good with that forearm I think 2-games was rather excessive. But I guess the NBA wanted to make an example of him. Or maybe they're just afraid someone with Bynum's size and strength might take somebody out permanently if he went a step further with an aggressive hit.

Whatever, it's a done deal now, and as pointed out in the article it at least provides AB with a little extra rest and a chance to maybe draw a little fluid out of his knees.

It'll make Tuesday's Phoenix game a little tougher, but I think they can prevail if they keep playing Team Defense the way they have lately. I saw James Worthy's "Spin" segment yesterday on the Portland game and the rotation shown in his example was just beautiful.

last seconds of a league match in Spain (ACB)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zijh7EAAH6g&feature=player_embedded

Dude...PI, I don't know who or what you are, some IMMATURE CHILD that needs to grow up. To have the NERVE and insinuate my handle with some CLOWN who's STALKING Justa. FOOL are you out your F__King mind? Dude check yourself, before you post another comment, you need to come CORRECT to me.

I think tomorrow's game will be a little easier for L.A. since Phonenix will be on the 2nd of their back-back against the Clips. Hopefully, Vinny's crew will make them play hard so they'll have less in the tank for Tuesday night's game.

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3 bigs can be Bynum, Odom and Gasol?

Posted by: Israel | March 21, 2011 at 03:09 PM
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Bird, McHale & Parish!

Posted by: LRob | March 21, 2011 at 03:39 PM

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

"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!!

Ooops... Phoenix beat the Clips last night.. Sorry about the previous post but Lakers still take that game. JMHO.

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


@63 FOOTER… Back in those days, 6-8 was TALL. Then came Magic Johnson and 6-8 was never the same. And Wayne was as skinny as a guy could be. Wilt and Nate were a duo whose stats will never be equaled. In fact, I doubt that full teams today could match the numbers they put up.

Thanks also for the congrats on the CYO title. For a guy who once dreamed of being a high school basketball coach and English teacher, I loved coaching the kids. While every other team in the league played their A-players 2/3 or the time and their B-players just 1/3 of the time, I split our team into two evenly matched squads and let them compete in practice for the right to start or finish games but everybody played the same minutes. We did not even play our A-team until the playoffs. The result was that our B-Players got so good by playing so many minutes and competing so hard in practice that they killed other teams’ B-players. They were really why we won the title.
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@TAX ANALYST… I see you go back a ways too, TA. Yes, I remember LeRoy (offense) and Gene (defense). And Ray Felix. LOL. I am still trying to get rid of the congestion that plagued me for the last couple of months. Every time I think I’m better the dang grandkids give me something else. In a way, I think playing a couple of games without Drew will help the defense when Drew returns but is on the bench. I remember the stats that I posted a few days ago where a writer from Silver Screen and Roll calculated that Drew’s play was worth around 30 point differential for a 48 minute game, which pointed out how much weaker our defense was without Drew. I think Pau and Lamar hit the nail on the head in stating that everybody had not been pushing as hard to rebound or defend because Drew had their back. Now it’s time for them to have Drew’s back.
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TOM

MM- I read the comment posted by PI, I appreciate you removing it. But it doesn't change the fact that PI may have cross the line. You may want to contact me on my email.

Two game suspension is excessive. Garnett just knock somebody in the testicles and no suspension. When Shaq was in cleveland he laid out rondo with a vicious blow no suspension or even a flagrant. Stu jackson is a malcontent who was a failure as a coach so he tries and take it out on innocent players like the beast.

JAMF- Good luck with the stalker situation. I have quite a lot of experience with handling stalkers so if you need some advice hit me up on the next chat. Good luck sorting it all out, I am sure you are a big girl and can handle it yourself ;)

Look at the temper tantrum kobe was throwing last night showing up the refs with no technical that would have been his 16th with a game's suspension. The League has multiple standards. Don't give Kobe his deserving tech but suspend the beast for 2 games. Outrageous.


@63 FOOTER… Watched an old Austin City Limits last night with this version of Funny How Time Slips Away with Willie playing great guitar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZaZqx9v3dU
Makes me nostalgic already as Phil Jackson will be retired. Funny how time just slips away.
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TOM

It was a stupid play. He deserved a suspension even though it really wasn't rough or anything.

I personally believe the TWO games was because of the Gerald Wallace incident a few years ago when Wallace broke a few ribs. The NBA uses this sort of logic sometimes (at least with Kobe and his flailing to draw fouls)

He should take the time to help his knee out, and practice all the harder

LakerTom - cool clip. Willie has feelin' like nobody's business. Looks like Kris K was there too. I remember one of my all-time favorite soundtracks was their movie Songwriter. One side of the album had Willie stuff, the other Kris.

Not even gonna THINK about that inevitable day until the day after.

Hello all - had a great time at the Lakers game last night...met Lew, 888, htj, srafrank, comf, JonK...oh yeah MM too - met him for the 2nd time...

Lew, his brother and myself were seated 3 rows behind MM...

@Dan Loumena - your Blazers played better ball last night and they killed us on the board ( WE MISS YOU SOCKS!) but, we got the Black Mamba FTW...that dagger jump shot of Kobe over Roy was BEAUTIFUL and Kobe's reaction after that was even more beautiful...Thanks to the stinking refs for making the mamba mad - the mamba strikes yet again - Kobe will not be denied...

@Justa - Wish you were at the game with us...I will try to call you later, ok?

GO LAKERS!!! GO 3PEAT!!!

KOBE - IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE WATCHING YOU PLAY!!!

He should take the time to help his knee out, and practice all the harder

Posted by: Tim-4-Show | March 21, 2011 at 04:51 PM

yeah, rest and practice on passing the ball..

Look at the temper tantrum kobe was throwing last night showing up the refs with no technical that would have been his 16th with a game's suspension. The League has multiple standards. Don't give Kobe his deserving tech but suspend the beast for 2 games. Outrageous.

Posted by: island priest | March 21, 2011 at 04:39 PM

hmm, you do have a point there

@LakerTom - "congrats on the CYO title."

So your kids' won the crown, eh? Great! Last time I was around to write the play-offs were just coming up.

Yeah, I go back a ways. I THINK I remember Chickie's first Simulcast, but it could be a case of selective memory or the one where 100,000 folks say they were at a game attended by 7,500. But I could swear I saw the TV telecast of the road play-off game against the Hawks in March '61 when the Lakers earned a road split and got greeted by a huge throng at LAX on their return (no, I definitely am not going to claim I was there - Being not quite 11 yet I would have had to have walked from Baldwin Hills to LAX to do that...lol).

But anyway, it was a great time to be a basketball-loving kid in Los Angeles.

Look at the temper tantrum kobe was throwing last night showing up the refs with no technical that would have been his 16th with a game's suspension. The League has multiple standards. Don't give Kobe his deserving tech but suspend the beast for 2 games. Outrageous.

Posted by: island priest | March 21, 2011 at 04:39 PM

Kobe had a few of his technicals rescinded by the league. I believe he only has 12 this season. I am trying to find a link on nba.com of players with technicals to give you an exact number but I can't seem to find it.

Jordan Farmar had 17 assists yesterday.. where was that play in los angeles?

Okay I am sorry for spam posting over here


Player, Team Technicals Most Recent
****Howard, Dwight (ORL) 16 3/4/11 vs. Chicago
***Stoudemire, Amar’e (NYK) 15 3/10/11 @ Dallas
*Jackson, Stephen (CHA) 14 2/25/11 vs. Sacramento
***Anthony, Carmelo (DEN/NYK) 13 3/20/11 @ Milwaukee
**Bryant, Kobe (LAL) 12 3/6/11 @ San Antonio


* - indicates Technical assessed but rescinded upon League Office review process
so Kobe had two rescinded.. wow at howard having 4

Hey Diandra,

Here's the list going into last weekend's play: Dwight Howard leads the league with 16 technicals, followed by Amare Stoudemire (15), Stephen Jackson (14), Carmelo Anthony (12) and Kobe Bryant (12).

Like you, I can't find any listing on NBA.com or anywhere else.

Diandra,

17 assists? Are you kidding me?

Annoyed.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Diandra,

Farmar is shooting at 38% as well, don't need that!

Ballhog=Kobe=Team leader with Assists!

Posted by: iheartkb24 | March 21, 2011 at 05:01 PM

Did you get MM's john hancock?

"Jordan Farmar had 17 assists yesterday.. where was that play in los angeles?

Posted by: Diandra | March 21, 2011 at 05:35 PM "

On the bench.

Didn't they lose the game despite his 17 assists? Didn't he shoot 5-14 from the field, 0-3 from the 3pt line? 17 assists is commendable, but in a run-and-gun, we're not going to the playoffs game, it's not as big a deal. No one said Jordan didn't have some skills, he just never had the mind or heart to work within the Lakers system... which leads to championships. Not sure where the Nets and the assists are leading to.

I deleted PIs' comments and banned his IP addresss

To piggy back on Dan's sharing the NBA technical foul list, the league has a website for NBA reporters that has many interesting things (box scores, transcripts, etc.) It requires a media accredited e-mail address and approval from the league, so the best I can do is copy and paste the technical foul list.


****Howard, Dwight (ORL) 16
***Stoudemire, Amar’e (NYK) 15
*Jackson, Stephen (CHA) 14
***Anthony, Carmelo (DEN/NYK) 13
**Bryant, Kobe (LAL) 12
Garnett, Kevin (BOS) 11
Billups, Chauncey (DEN/NYK) 10
*Cousins, DeMarcus (SAC) 10
*Beasley, Michael (MIN) 8
Blatche, Andray (WAS) 8
Davis, Baron (LAC) 8
**Griffin, Blake (LAC) 8
Wade, Dwyane (MIA) 8
Bell, Raja (UTA) 7
****Chandler, Tyson (DAL) 7
*Hamilton, Richard (DET) 7
*Paul, Chris (NOH) 7
*Pierce, Paul (BOS) 7
Smith, Josh (ATL) 7
Thomas, Tyrus (CHA) 7
Westbrook, Russell (OKC) 7
Williams, Deron (UTA) 7
Ellis, Monta (GSW) 6
Lee, David (GSW) 6
Nash, Steve (PHX) 6
McGrady, Tracy (DET) 6
Pietrus, Mickael (ORL/PHX) 6
Salmons, John (MIL) 6
*Smith, J.R. (DEN) 6
Wallace, Gerald (CHA) 6
West, David (NOH) 6
*Artest, Ron (LAL) 5
Brooks, Aaron (HOU/PHX) 5
Davis, Glen (BOS) 5
Felton, Raymond (NYK) 5
*Hill, Grant (PHX) 5
Ibaka, Serge (OKC) 5
Ilgauskas, Zydrunas (MIA) 5
Miller, Andre (POR) 5
Nelson, Jameer (ORL) 5
Noah, Joakim (CHI) 5
Perkins, Kendrick (BOS/OKC) 5
Turiaf, Ronny (NYK) 5
*Wall, John (WAS) 5
Williams, Jason (ORL/MEM) 5
Barnes, Matt (LAL) 4
Bibby, Mike (ATL) 4
Crawford, Jamal (ATL) 4
Dalembert, Samuel (SAC) 4
DeRozan, DeMar (TOR) 4
Fisher, Derek (LAL) 4
Gasol, Marc (MEM) 4
Granger, Danny (IND) 4
Hibbert, Roy (IND) 4
*Hilario, Nene (DEN) 4
Howard, Juwan (MIA) 4
Lewis, Rashard (ORL/WAS) 4
Martin, Kenyon (DEN) 4
Milicic, Darko (MIN) 4
Miller, Brad (HOU) 4
Nowitzki, Dirk (DAL) 4
Odom, Lamar (LAL) 4
Pachulia, Zaza (ATL) 4
Robinson, Nate (BOS) 4
*Thompson, Jason (SAC) 4
Turkoglu, Hedo (ORL) 4
*Varejao, Anderson (CLE) 4
Aldridge, LaMarcus (POR) 3
Arenas, Gilbert (WAS/ORL) 3
Bogut, Andrew (MIL) 3
Boozer, Carlos (CHI) 3
Brand, Elton (PHI) 3
Brown, Kwame (CHA) 3
*Bynum, Andrew (LAL) 3
Calderon, Jose (TOR) 3
Carter, Vince (ORL/PHX) 3
Casspi, Omri (SAC) 3
Dragic, Goran (PHX) 3
Elson, Francisco (UTA) 3
Flynn, Jonny (MIN) 3
Foster, Jeff (IND) 3
Garcia, Francisco (SAC) 3
Gay, Rudy (MEM) 3
Gibson, Daniel (CLE) 3
Hawes, Spencer (PHI) 3
*James, LeBron (MIA) 3
Jefferson, Richard (SAS) 3 J
ones, Solomon (IND) 3
Jordan, Deandre (LAC) 3
Lowry, Kyle (HOU) 3
Martin, Kevin (HOU) 3
*Millsap, Paul (UTA) 3
Przybilla, Joel (POR) 3
*Scola, Luis (HOU) 3
Smith, Craig (LAC) 3
Terry, Jason (DAL) 3
*Thomas, Kurt (CHI) 3
Walker, Bill (NYK) 3
Watson, Earl (UTA) 3
Williams, Mo (CLE) 3
*Afflalo, Arron (DEN) 2
Allen, Tony (MEM) 2
Arroyo, Carlos (MIA) 2
Augustin, D.J. (CHA) 2
Barea, J.J. (DAL) 2
Batum, Nicolas (POR) 2
Bogans, Keith (CHI) 2
Bosh, Chris (MIA) 2
Chalmers, Mario (MIA) 2
Collins, Jason (ATL) 2
*Duncan, Tim (SAS) 2
*Durant, Kevin (OKC) 2
Frye, Channing (PHX) 2
Gallinari, Danilo (NYK) 2
Gasol, Pau (L.A. Lakers) 2
Gooden, Drew (MIL) 2
Gordon, Ben (DET) 2
*Gordon, Eric (LAC) 2
Harris, Devin (NJN/UTA) 2
Hayes, Chuck (HOU) 2
*Haywood, Brendan (DAL) 2
Hollins, Ryan (CLE) 2
Horford, Al (ATL) 2
House, Eddie (MIA) 2
Jamison, Antawn (CLE) 2
Jefferson, Al (UTA) 2
Jennings, Brandon (MIL) 2
Johnson, Amir (TOR) 2
Johnson, Armon (POR) 2
Jones, Dahntay (IND) 2
Kleiza, Linas (TOR) 2
*Livingston, Shaun (CHA) 2
Lopez, Robin (PHX) 2
Love, Kevin (MIN) 2
Matthews, Wesley (POR) 2
Maxiell, Jason (DET) 2 Mayo, O.J. (MEM) 2 McRoberts, Josh (IND) 2 Mohamed, Nazr (CHA) 2 Mozgov, Timofey (NYK) 2 Nocioni, Andres (PHI) 2 O’Neal, Jermaine (BOS) 2 Ridnour, Luke (MIN) 2 Rondo, Rajon (BOS) 2 Sessions, Ramon (CLE) 2 Speights, Marreese (PHI) 2 Stuckey, Rodney (DET) 2 Vujacic, Sasha (NJN) 2 Wallace, Ben (DET) 2 *Wilcox, Chris (DET) 2 Williams, Marvin (ATL) 2 Williams, Shawne (NYK) 2 Williams, Shelden (DEN) 2 Wright, Dorell (GSW) 2
Andersen, David (NOH) 1 Ariza, Trevor (NOH) 1 Bass, Brandon (ORL) 1 Bayless, Jerryd (TOR) 1 Beaubois, Roddy (DAL) 1 Blake, Steve (LAL) 1 Boykins, Earl (MIL) 1 Brewer, Corey (MIN) 1 Brockman, Jon (MIL) 1 Butler, Caron (DAL) 1 Butler, Rasual (LAC) 1 Bynum, Will (DET) 1 Camby, Marcus (POR) 1 Chandler, Wilson (NYK) 1 Clark, Earl (ORL) 1 Cunningham, Dante (POR) 1 Dampier, Erick (MIA) 1 Daniels, Marquis (BOS) 1 Daye, Austin (DET) 1 Deng, Luol (CHI) 1 Diaw, Boris (CHA) 1 Dorsey, Joey (TOR) 1 Dunleavy, Mike (IND) 1 Evans, Maurice (WAS) 1 Evans, Reggie (TOR) 1 Evans, Tyreke (SAC) 1 Fesenko, Kyrylo (UTA) 1 Fields, Landry (NYK) 1 Gibson, Taj (CHI) 1 Ginobili, Manu (SAS) 1 Gomes, Ryan (LAC) 1
Gortat, Marcin (ORL) 1 Graham, Stephen (NJN) 1 *Hansbrough, Tyler (IND) 1 Harden, James (OKC) 1 Harrington, Al (DEN) 1 Head, Luther (SAC) 1 Henderson, Gerald (CHA) 1 Hickson, J.J. (CLE) 1 Hill, George (SAS) 1 Hinrich, Kirk (W AS) 1 Holiday, Jrue (PHI) 1 Howard, Josh (WAS) 1 *Humphries, Kris (NJN) 1 Iguodala, Andre (PHI) 1 Johnson, Joe (ATL) 1 Jones, James (MIA) 1 Kaman, Chris (LAC) 1 Kidd, Jason (DAL) 1 Krstic, Nenad (BOS) 1 Maggette, Corey (MIL) 1 Magloire, Jamal (MIA) 1 Maynor, Eric (OKC) 1 McGee, JaVale (WAS) 1 Najera, Eduardo (CHA) 1 O’Neal, Shaquille (BOS) 1 Parker, Anthony (CLE) 1 Parker, Tony (SAS) 1 Pondexter, Quincy (NOH) 1 Posey, James (IND) 1 Powe, Leon (MEM) 1 *Price, Ronnie (UTA) 1 Prince, Tayshaun (DET) 1 Radmanovic, Vladimir (GSW) 1 Randolph, Anthony (MIN) 1 *Randolph, Zach (MEM) 1 Richardson, Jason (ORL) 1 Richardson, Quentin (ORL) 1 Rose, Derrick (CHI) 1 Samuels, Samardo (CLE) 1 Sefolosha, Thabo (OKC) 1 Smith, Jason (NOH) 1 Stevenson, DeShawn (DAL) 1 Summers, DaJuan (DET) 1 Telfair, Sebastian (MIN) 1 Thompson, Jason (SAC) 1 Thornton, Al (GSW) 1 Turner, Evan (PHI) 1 Vasquz, Greivis (MEM) 1 Villanueva, Charlie (DET) 1 Walton, Luke (LAL) 1 Wilkins, Damien (ATL) 1
* - indicates Technical assessed but rescinded upon League Office review process

MM,

re: the tech list.

You've been holdin' out sport. Give! What else is on that site?

I agree with the suspension. I'm not sure about the length though. PJ was right, the decision on the length did come out as subjective.

But I think this is Bynum's way of showing he's getting tired of being branded for whatever reasons he's had failing to fully come out for LAL during their past 3 trips to the Finals. He's been trying to be clean but that must've made him lose a little bit of toughness. It's crazy he's a legit 7footer who gets pushed around and dunked on.

Hopefully after this Bynum's a little better, tougher and more reliable. He's getting there and I hope he keeps it up.


I find it interesting that no one seems to think that the 2-game suspension of Bynum is unreasonable. There is no other operating structure in the world that can randomly take $275,000 from a person without due process - in fact, there is only a handful of actual crimes that would merit such a serious settlement. I believe that from a players union perspective, the capricious ability of league owners (and especially the commissioner) to stifle free speech (referee criticism) and the things that just happen in the course of a game (Bynum's foul was clearly not a malicious intent to maim) to garner funds as the number 1 target - everything else is secondary for such well paid professionals.

>>>Who can tell me who has been the most dominant pivot nba?

As grudgingly as I give props to the evil green men, Parish and McHale have to be mentioned here.

>>>Bird, McHale & Parish!

Bird was a SF.

The question was about the rotation of bigs.

If you wanted to go with McHale, Parish, and Walton, that might fly.

>>>There is no other operating structure in the world that can randomly take
>>>$275,000 from a person without due process

The due process was done when the players association agreed to the CBA.

And you are looking ONLY at Bynum's financial implications.

What if Bynum had seriously injured a player and taken years off of their career. It might have cost them MILLIONS of dollars. The penalty is stiff to discourage players from violently assaulting other players in a game.

Also note that the financial hit is so big with Bynum because HE MAKES A TON OF MONEY. If Derrick Character got suspended for two games, it would have cost him about what a vente latte costs at Starbucks.

And that makes sense as well... the players who are most highly paid by the NBA should be held the most accountable for their actions.

The Lakers have to remain focus on any issues effecting this team. The beginning of the season Bynum was not available,so the Laker's traded for a big man with versatility and the result is Joe Smith. Ok! play the man in his absence,he is not a rookie or did the Lakers trade for another over the hill veteran aka Theo Ratliff. Bring players here to play and not sit on the bench. This team is suppose to be a champion. Do you guys remember Don Nelson?The Lakers traded him to the Celtics because he did not fit into the Laker's scheme of play and guess what he came back in the championship and beat the Lakers. Come on Phil play this guy and make him earn his salary or use another play


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