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Verdict's still out on whether Andrew Bynum has learned his lesson on avoiding cheap shots

As the opponent drove into the lane, Lakers center Andrew Bynum stepped in on help defense, extended his right forearm and sent the player to the ground. As the opponent drove the baseline, Bynum stepped in on help defense, extended his right forearm and sent the player to the ground. And as the opponent drove toward the basket, Bynum stepped in on help defense, extended his right forearm and sent the player to the ground.

The above paragraph reads remarkably similar, appears to be written by accident two extra times and makes it hard to gauge whether the sentence describes three separate incidents, two or even just one. That's the problem behind Bynum's apology -- made during his exit interview Tuesday -- for throwing a forearm at Dallas guard J.J. Barea in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 122-86 playoff-eliminating Game 4 loss to the Mavericks, an action that earned him a five-game suspension and a $25,000 fine for taking off his jersey. Similar incidents have already happened two different times. Bynum's hit on Gerald Wallace two years ago sent Wallace to the hospital. Bynum's hit on Minnesota's Michael Beasley two months ago earned the Lakers center a flagrant-foul type 2 and a two-game suspension. And Bynum's hit on Barea earned scorn from Laker greats Jerry West, Magic Johnson and James Worthy as well as criticism from Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher.

Forget for a moment whether the criticism from the Lakers greats reeked of hypocrisy, considering they were involved in dirty plays during an era that was more lenient on physical play. Forget debating for a moment whether Bynum's five-game suspension, which will cost him $677,272 in salary next season, is too lenient or too harsh. And forget for a moment whether his 48-hour-overdue apology was sincere. The most important question remains whether he will repeat the episode.

"It won't happen," Bynum insisted. "That's it. It won't happen again."

But it's not that simple. If it required Bynum to watch the replay of the episode, which he later acknowledged was "embarrassing," before realizing his wrong, how on Earth is he going to avoid repeating the same mistake? By no means is Bynum an enforcer. In fact, there have been plenty of times this season when the Lakers' coaching staff wished he played with a more physical presence. But the incidents previously mentioned provide snapshots of Bynum losing his composure.

"I don't think anything was going through my mind, actually, which is why it all happened," Bynum said. "You can't let your body control you. I have to be in control at all times, and I wasn't."

That's exactly why we might see this again, and I'm just talking about the foul on Barea that will replay over and over during a long Lakers' offseason and perhaps a prolonged lockout. Bynum may have engaged in several mind-control exercises this season -- such as meditating, consulting sports psychologist George Mumford and reading the "The New Psycho-Cybernetics," which stresses positive thinking and details how to achieve goals faster with more efficiency -- but he has only achieved his goals on practical levels, such as avoiding further injury, posting 14.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in the postseason and assuming a larger defensive role. The mental exercises haven't correlated to avoiding a cheap shot when he gets frustrated. 

The team is partly to blame. The Lakers didn't even address Bynum about his flagrant-foul type 2 against Beasley, and Bryant even went so far as to say Bynum "earned his stripes." Bynum also revealed that the subject of his ejection against Dallas wasn't brought up in his exit interview, other than that it was stated that he would deliver a public apology. But the problem mostly is Bynum's negative reaction in frustrating moments, with a missed foul call prompting him to strike Beasley and the team's failure to rotate properly on defense prompting him to nearly deal Barea a serious injury, sequences that aren't helping his league reputation one bit.

"I don't pay much attention to what other people say about me," Bynum said. "All I can say is what I speak on how I feel. I go out and score 50 the next day, the national media will be different. That doesn't bother me."

But the issue goes beyond public relations, though Fisher applauded Bynum's apology. It goes beyond just bouncing back from a bad performance. And it goes beyond clearing up a guilty conscience. Opposing players -- ones that aren't 5-foot-2 -- will surely test whether his physical play is legit. Officials and the league will keep a closer eye on Bynum's actions, with more scrutinized calls and heavier fines/suspensions likely to come. And there will be plenty of other moments that will test his emotions. 

"It looks bad," Bynum said. "It just looks bad."

Assuming Bynum's pledge to avoid further dirty plays won't pan out, it could look even worse.

-- Mark Medina

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

 
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Athletically speaking

Dwight Howard leaps and bounds more athletic than Andrew Bynum.

Every point guard in the league is more athletic than Derek Fisher.

Pau is more athletic than most at his position

Kobe has lost a lot of his athleticism (injuries?)

Lamar is more athletic than most

was watching a game of 2008-2009 with Trevor versus the Mavs, made me want to cry. Ariza was special playing for this team, he was a keeper all along. His athleticism, his understanding of the offense, the beautiful chemistry he had with all the players, his good decision making. Now they have this dude Artest for 3 more years at least. Seriously I feel like crying. You can download the game if you want from here, it's 100% clean I swear.

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Bynum is 23 and has a lot to learn about a lot of things, including keeping his composure when his teammates let him down and opponents taunt and foul him with impunity. The Lakers have the perfect mentor for him already in place--Kareem Abdul-Jabbar--the epitome of class and gentlemanly play in an era that abounded with thugs at the position (Moses Malone, Love-Tron, Perkins, et al). Kareem's taught him a lot regarding agility and moves in the post. Now it's time for Drew and the Lakes to ask him to teach him cool. I've heard of late that Bynum's not working as much with Kareem as before. Maybe it's time to step up the lessons to the higher levels of the game and of life. And by no means am I ready to throw Bynum by the wayside. He's proven he has grit, talent, and a team-first mentality already. Let's let him prove he has grace and sportsmanship too. We owe that to all our young people in any pursuit--sports, arts, and any profession. I'm a teacher and it's what I do--give the young a chance. Drew deserves patience and counseling. Kareem's the best. Let him do his work and Drew learn from him.

Time for a reality check! The punishment for Bynum won't stop at the fine or suspension, just wait until next year for the officials to react.

Every center or player for that matter will flop everytime Bynum comes within a foot of them. The officials who have never been kind to him before are really going to crush him. He will have two fouls in the first 5 minutes of every game.

Really a problem for the Lakers as he was the only young player to buil around. Now they might have to move him or just have another overpaid benchwarmer sitting next to Walton.

Hey Edwin,

There is no doubt the Lakers need to get more athletic. But they can do that without “blowing” up their roster. How about playing Ebanks. There’s a rumor that he’s has a teeny bit of athleticism. Also sign more athletic players to replace Theo and Joe Smith. Also replace Fish with a more athletic PG.

Of course, I’m all for ANY trade that can improve the team. If the team can be improved by trading Pau, Drew, LO, etc...then do it! I just don’t believe this roster needs a complete overhaul. Also, I’m still enjoying the playoffs so I haven’t given much thought to trades, free agents, etc. (Like all Laker fans I’m extremely disappointed our team is done...but I’m still excited about the stories to be told in the playoffs. The NBA Playoffs are my March Madness, Super Bowl and World Series.)

The whole “practice season” or “real season” is all semantics. The goal is to peak and play your best bball in the playoffs. The Lakers had lots of ups/downs in the regular season and in the playoffs. The Spurs were great in the regular season and fizzled in the playoffs. Atlanta struggled in the regular season and is playing their best ball in the playoffs.

As far as the impact of the TW media deal. That deal is guaranteed for 20yrs so that doesn't put any immediate pressure on Dr. Buss to improve the Lakers. The pressure is on TW is sell the sponsors to maximize their ROI. The deal will provide Dr. Buss with a little more cushion against paying the luxury tax. But for the most part, he’s always been a willing spender so I’m not worried about that. I think he learned a lesson from the Sasha salary dump.

I don't know about him, but losing 700K would certainly get my attention.

lakers have no class esp. kobe lamar n andrew

Hmmm…maybe Kobe knew what he was talking about when he said “they do it all the time in hockey” referring to teams coming back from a 3-0 deficit. Red Wings have won 3 in a row to tie series with San Jose at 3-3.

Kobe was probably thinking of recent history…like Philly coming back from 3-0 to beat Boston last year. Or even Chicago coming back from 3-0 to tie the Canucks before losing game 7 this year.

Okay, before I get bombarded with its hockey…who cares…I’m just saying…I know what Kobe meant.

People said on the radio, you saw Barea gave elbow to Blake first. Shaq gave hard foul to Tony Parker, Shaq fighting with Barley, Oakley, Miller.Bynum is too young to know how to give hard foul, he learned lesson now. Lakers let DJ Menga (900k), Powel (300K) go and get Ratlif for 1.3 mill, i don't understand it.
Ariza can shoot the ball, steal, run, dunk the ball, defense and Lakers let him go . The big mistake of Kupchack, Shannon Brown can replace Radmanovich, Ron Artest can replace Ariza. Tony Allen got 3 mil from Memphis, Allen and Shannon Brown who is better ? Boston made big mistake when they let Perkin and Tony Allen go, now they paid the price. Can Lakers hire the GM of Oklahoma because he knew what he is doing ?

@Rob in L.A.
You said:
"Did Pau lose his speech functions as well? I have never heard a player answer questions with so many "uhhhh, uhhh, uhhh's" before. He's even gotten weak in his verbal skills lately."

It is ironic to say that. It's very funny, I always surprised the IQ of most players in the NBA.
It is assumed that the American players come from college and 95% speak as authentic retarded.
I'm pretty sure many of them can not write properly.
When I think Pau Gasol speaks three languages ​​and the majority of players (and many fans) can not speak your own language and also he has to listen criticism of his speech ....
I guess there are many idiot with too much free time.

Regards Rob in L.A.

Is it just me? or can we wait and get upset when you know, someone actually gets hurt in the NBA by a flagrant foul? $677,000 for a foul that looked bad but cost zero time to the opponent seems wrong on so many levels. Doesn't the NBA weigh things like inciting the losing team by keeping their starters on the floor when ahead by more than 25 points? or by Jason Kidd taking a three with 45 seconds left in the game? Lakers seem to be getting a raw deal no matter the sum of their faults from a lot of corners.

LRob,

I was about to address this post to LTLF about Luke Walton speaking of athleticism and professionalism..... I might address it to you too. It has mixture of gossips to be in line with Jon K campaign against the dysfunctional Laker players. Here was my post to LTLF in the previous thread:

C'mon, LTLF it is time to move forward and quit mentioning the importance of Luke Walton in any parlance. You are the only remaining fan of Luke though doubted his contribution to the recent debacle if he was still able and still sharp.

Here is a situation where I will praise Luke. If Luke was the player at the start of 4th quarter in lieu of Lamar or Drew, he is the professional and a decent individual and will NEVER do what Lamar or Andrew did especially when Lakers lost already the game. I think it goes with education and upbringing. Luke finished four year College at Arizona while Drew never went to College (that's the education part.) Here is the upbringing part on LO - I was reading Lamar's biography in College. When Lamar joined UNLV in 1997 he received money from boosters 5K+ which caused UNLV to be under probation for 4 seasons. LO sat out for one season at Rhode Island U. where he was spotted by NBA scouts. The latest incident, Khloe and Lamar are publicly expressing their strong desire to have children of their own on the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The couple will also be starring in their own reality show on E!, with the show's focus centering around their attempts to get pregnant. The girl friend refused to send his two under age kids appear on TV. Lamar sued her for ignoring his children. Her girl friend, Liza Morales responded Morales responded to The Post, saying she has to beg Odom to make time for his children, even when he's in New York for games. "Lamar basically checked out as a father four years ago," Morales said. "They [Destiny and L.J.] haven't had quality time in a long time." (NY Post)The custody battle of the unmarried parents of the children is still on. (Is this not a dysfunctional upbringing?)

Both Lamar and Drew were sorry for what they did but the damage was already done.

Has anyone stopped and considered the reason why Kobe and others are endorsing Brian Shaw?

Lets say you are working for a company and your CEO is being replaced. Would you prefer the guy you've worked with who hasn't had total authority, one who you never felt threatened by, a person whom you occasionally have walked over, or feel you can manipulate.....

OR

Do you want a guy who's going to change the world you're use to, demand more work, demand better quality work, reprimand you when you fail to meet expections, and expect this higher work ethic every day?


I'd take my pal Joe, he's been with the company for a long and deserves this chance even though he's never once held such a position in the life, besides I now how to manipulate this guy.

In my opinion what Bynum did was not a cheap shot. According to todays NBA , thats a hard foul that needs suspension. Anyone who has ever played ball, you never allow a player to waltz down the lane without making him think twice next time. Every team has an enforcer, I guess Bynum was ours. What would people have him do? Wail his arms in the air calling for fouls?

Andrew, the next time some guard come into the lane put them on there back. All these sissy saying that was a dirty play are fools and don't know how to play the game of basketball which is called five to life. I support you Andrew and all of you so called Laker Fans you can kiss Andrew Ass.

"NOW RUN AND TELL THAT"

Bynum or one of the Lakers should have been more aggressive in game one,
not in game four, down by 30 plus.
The league has really deteriorated, when Kidd is literally allowed to mugg
Bryant the entire game, but bigs aren't allowed to touch a little guy.
Bryant shot just a couple FTs from game 2 to 4?
All of the games are plain out and out ugly.

The biggest hypocrite is Kobe Bryant who amened Bynum's cheap shot on Michael Beasley only to throw Bynum under the bus because it's expedient given the stances by Magic, JW and Worthy.

Andrew gets $700,00 for playing just 5 games!!!!

I wonder how much Pau Gasol gets pergame for getting pushed around and whining like the sissy that he is.

I don't condone what Andrew did at all.

But I lost some respect for Magic Johnson.
Mr. Johnson; have you forgotten your "interaction" with Isiah Thomas in the playoffs? (and he was a friend)
Mr. Johnson; have you forgotton that TWICE after you were a champion, teams that you were a part of got swept?
Mr. Johnson; you want everyone to be professional on the Lakers, this also includes YOU.

I'd like to see the following players return: Kobe, Andrew, Lamar and Shannon

To Mr. Kupchak; I'd keep most of the team in place. If you can trade Pau and some other players/draft picks for Dwight Howard, I'd make that trade.
Provided you can sign Dwight Howard.
I'd like to see an outside shooter join the team.
Coach: For the way the team is now, I'd bring in Doc Rivers
He'd have the respect from winning and he can handle the different egos.

To Lamar: please concentrate on basketball and not TV.
Just look at what happened to Matt Kemp with the Dodgers. He got "distracted" and it affected his play. Once the "distraction" was gone, he is having a good year this year. I'm not saying changing your relationship, just keep it where it needs to be.

I would have liked to see Luke play more. Not sure what Phil was thinking.

Bottom Line: I am a Laker fan for life. I believe in the organization and this group of players. Tough going for 3 in a row. Proud of your past accomplishments. Saddened by recent actions/results. But excited for the future. Remeber: UNITED WE STAND; DIVIDED WE FALL.

lakers need a coach who won't put up with any of their baloney. someone who commands respect. if shaw is their coach, i don't see that happening. it will be the same as this year, only without phil. rambis, larry brown, rivers, perhaps adelman. please no shaw, no triangle, and no mike brown. then again, buss may take a flier on someone who hasn't been mentioned

Hey where is Lamar's suspension/fine for his cheap shot of Dirk. Bynum's shot on JJ Barea was classic. That is what happens when you taunt a team when up by 30+ like Dirk and keep running up the score by driving inside like JJ did. I can't wait to see what nice cheap shots they have for the Heat tonight especially if the game gets out of hand. Remember the Celtics need payback for Rondo.

>>>LTLF it is time to move forward and quit mentioning the importance of Luke
>>>Walton in any parlance. You are the only remaining fan of Luke

Edwin,

I doubt Luke has much left. And with Phil leaving, he may get as much playing time next season as he got in the playoffs.

What's more, I never claimed Luke was a star, or that they should start him ahead of Ariza or Artest or whoever.

What ticks me off is when someone states that Luke has never contributed ANYTHING to the Lakers (which they frequently state here). Or in this specific case, someone was touting that Barnes gave the Lakers MUCH more than Luke ever did in the last 3 years... which is clearly and factually false.

And you read here often enough that I've always defended Sasha and Farmar and Fish in a similar way when they're attacked here... not to mention Kobe, when so many people were slamming on him in the summer of 2008 and Phil when Mike T was making his rather strange arguments that Phil isn't a good coach.

Why more defense of Luke pops up is because Luke is attacked more frequently.

There's an expression that you "beat someone like a red-headed stepchild". The implication is that if they had blond hair or brown hair then people might mistake them for your child, but since they have red hair, everyone knows they're not your child, so you resent them and irrationally beat them more than your own children.

Luke is the red-headed step-child of this blog.

So let's address the questions directly:

1. Did Luke contribute anything to the last 3 playoff runs (2008, 2009, 2010)?

I say yes. More than Barnes or Blake did this season, but less than say Shannon did in 2009 or Sasha did in 2008 or Farmar did in 2010. Luke had a couple of series where he really played well, a couple of series he didn't play well, and most series he just played average - didn't help the team much, but didn't hurt the team much... and that's all you can ask from your role players.

Edwin, do you deny that Luke contributed ANYthing to the championship teams? Do you think Blake &/or Barnes produced more? Other bloggers, same questions.

2. Were Luke's contributions worth what they paid him?

For 2008-2009, I'd give him a maybe. If you compare Luke's salary to say your salary or my salary, then yeah, he's overpaid for what he does. But when you compare him to the entire NBA, in those two season he was a slightly below average player and he made slightly below the MLE (the average salary in the NBA).

These last two seasons, definitely... he's been WAY overpaid. Not quite Eddy Curry level overpaid, but overpaid.

2. Did Luke's contract "cripple" the Lakers ability to bring better role players, as MANY people like to claim?

When you look at the fact that the Lakers spent pretty much every dollar that a team over the salary cap can spend the last 4 offseasons, I'd say NO. I've stated it repeatedly because people repeatedly make the mistake. If Luke HAD DIED after the first year of his contract, that's the only way that the rest of it wouldn't have counted against the salary cap. And if that had happened, the Lakers would have gotten an exception the season he died, and not one penny more to spend.

The only plausible part of this argument is that MAYBE the Lakers would have kept one or more of Farmar, Vujacic, Ariza, Powell, or MBenga if they didn't have Luke on the books.

Maybe.

But Powell and MBenga are making less than Ratliff and Joe Smith. (and ironically, Powell is still in the playoff hunt). The Lakers could have kept them instead of signing Ratliff and Smith. They didn't. So money isn't the issue there. Either the Lakers thought they were upgrading by signing Ratliff, or Powell & Mbenga wanted even MORE money or a bigger role on a team.

Farmar definitely left because of playing time. And he got more of it in New Jersey. And if they add one or two more decent players, the Nyets will be back in the Leastern playoffs. Money had nothing to do with Jordan re-signing or not. It was personality clashes and wanting a bigger role.

And the Sasha trade comes down to the fact that the Lakers had a couple of injuries in the front court. Remember, Bynum was still out then, Ratliff was injured, and Pau was starting to swoon a bit from playing too much. They needed a big man backup to relieve Pau a bit. And the Sasha was barely playing at the time (Killer B's getting all the minutes), so they probably would have done that deal whether Luke was around or not.

So it all comes down to Ariza. Would have been nice to keep Ariza. But I'm not sure he would have re-signed given the choice of coming off the bench for the Lakers vs starting (and being featured in the offense) for Houston.

So there you have it...

If you say Luke stunk this season and didn't earn his pay, I'll silently agree with you. If Luke actually gets in a game and plays like poo, I'll be posting criticism right alongside you.

But if you make irrational claims that Luke caused this season's failure or never contributed to the championship teams or has never had a jump shot or something like that, then expect me to defend a Laker player's honor. If that makes me "Luke's father", then I'm also Kobe's Father and Phil's Father and Fish's Father and Sasha's Father and Farmar's Father and Josh Powell's Father and (I think you get the picture).

Short form for those who just skip my long rants:

Edwin Gueco wrote:

>>>LTLF it is time to move forward and quit mentioning the importance of Luke
>>>Walton in any parlance. You are the only remaining fan of Luke

I wrote:

Edwin - as soon as people stop bagging on Luke for things that aren't his fault, I'll stop responding to them.

I bet everyone who wants to trade every body from the Laker's also sold all of their stock when things went bad, and missed out when it went back up. Relax and take a deep breath. Other GM's are licking their chops.

Get a couple of quicker guards that can shoot and pressure the ball and keep the bigs.

I THINK THIS YEAR MORE SO THAN THE PREVIOUS YEARS. A HIGH DEGREE OF JEALOUSY WAS DIRECTED TOWARDS THE LAKERS PLAYERS AND MANEGEMENT. NO THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THEIR LOSS. SOMETIMES WHEN WE ARE USED TO BEING SPOON FED(EASY VICTORIES) WE SOMETIMES FORGET HOW TO FEED OURSELVES. WHILE I AGREE THAT WAS NOT A GOOD FOUL BY ANDREW, LET'S FACE IT COMPARED TO WHAT I'VE WITNESSED ALL YEAR LONG. NO WAY SHOULD THAT YOUNG MAN HAVE RECIEVED A FIVE GAME SUSPENSION. THE PROBLEM WITH DREW IS THAT HE'S STILL YOUNG, BUT HE WILL HAVE TO COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT A BIG MAN WILL TAKE A LOT OF BEATINGS BEFORE THE REFS GIVE THEM THEIR DUE JUSTICE AND I THINK SOM E OF THOSE POPS TO THE FACE EVENTUALLY GOT THE BEST OF DREW. MY BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH THE NBA IS THAT THEY PICK AND CHOOSE WHOM AND HOW THEY WANT TO DISH OUT PUNISHMENT. IN OVER FOURTY FIVE YEARS OF WATCHING NBA BASKETBALL. OTHER THAN SHAQ, I'VE NEVER SEEN AN ALL STAR PLAYER TAKE THE VICIOUS HITS THAT KOBE TAKES AND RARELY GETS TO THE FREE THROW LINE ON THOSE HITS. IN THE REGULAR SEASON AND DEFINITELY IN THE PLAYOFFS. ALMOST EVERY PLAY THAT I OBSERVED KOBE SHOOTING A JUMPER, HE WAS HIT ON THE ELBOW OR THE WRIST. THE SAME TYPE PLAYS THAT I'VE SEEN MOST PLAYERS GET TO THE FREE THROW LINE ON. I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO DALLAS, THEY WON FAIR AND SQUARE. HOWEVER THIS IS THE FRST YEAR THAT I CAN SAY IN MY OPINION, IT FELT AS THOUGH IT WAS THE LAKERS AGAINST THE WORLD. CERTAINLY IT WAS THE LAKERS AGAINST THE NBA. DID IT AFFECT THEM, MAYBE, DID IT CAUSE THEM TO LOSE TO DALLAS. CERTAINLY NOT, HOWEVER. YOU DO EXPECT AND AGENCY THAT'S SUPPOSE TO BE A PROFESSIONAL TO BE FAIR, FIRM AND CONSISTANT AND THIS YEAR THEY WERE NOT: AT LEAST NOT IN MY OPINION WHEN IT CAME TO THE LAKERS. ST. MATTHEW 1026 PSALMS 119:98

FAKE. You can see his expressions that he is just saying this because he HAS to

it's shame.. I am a Lakers fan/Kobe..hope Lakers realizes his repeat ugly actions shouldn't be treated lightly, hope they trade him regardless he is favor son of owner . He is not that good nor healthy at that age.

it's shame.. I am a Lakers fan/Kobe..hope Lakers realizes his repeat ugly actions shouldn't be treated lightly, hope they trade him regardless he is favor son of owner . He is not that good nor healthy at that age.

I thought the Lakers should have signed JJ Barea last summer when he was a free agent, but I didn't find anyone who agreed with me. And what Bynum did to Barea was inexcusable in every way, shape and form.

HOWEVER, what the heck was JJ doing driving the lane to the basket toward the very end of a blowout game when, moments earlier, Lamar, one of the more docile Lakers, already showed that the team from LA was extremely chippy at that point? Dallas had already blown LA way out of the water with drives to the hoop and 3-point shots from nearly everywhere. His final drive was just another move that JJ should have simply avoided at that point--it was more like "I am going to drive one, additional and unnecessary, nail into the Lakers' coffin at this stage." Not a smart move.

In the NBA of the past (60's or 70's, perhaps), there were several NBA players with tough-guy reps who would have decked JJ at that stage.

How come Artest and Bynum picked the smallest guy to do such a low life, no class fouls to? This is classy of no class, low life, ghetto people. They might have athletic skills, but no sportsmanship whatsoever, and on top of that they are coward, next time try the same with a guy the same size as them and see what happens. I'm so glad Lakers got swept, maybe their big egos become their size of their manhood, "very small"...

Saw Bynum's very fake apology on TV! Anyone can tell that he is smirking while saying all those words of apology. He is a certifiable sociopath who'll do what he did with blatant impunity! They really start them young nowadays!

Bynum and Odom should both be banned from the NBA for life.

Rough play is acceptable, cheap shots are not.

The Lakers can do better then these two class-less morons.

Aerospace

In view of the $677,272 loss in salary that the five game suspension will cost Bynum, the terminology needs to be changed. That isn't a "cheap shot", it is a "very expensive shot." Also, what should be changed is the disposition of the money that Bynum loses. It should be paid directly to the victim, in this case J.J. Barea. That might, just might, make Bynum think (he is capable of thinking isn't he?) about NOT doing any more expensive-shot maneuvers.

I do not think Bynum actually understands just how dangerous those hits are.
Someone needs to explain the Bynum just how close he came to the hit on Wallace being a lot more serious. If Wallace's broken rib had pierced his heart instead of his lung he would have been dead before they called the time out...

The laker haters in the press and opposition fans who call us cheap and classless are themselves cheap and classless. If Barea, the only person who has a right to be mad, has accepted bynums apology who are all these other piss ants to spew hatred and filth. Classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Why are all these Lakers fans posting that Barea deserved the elbow in his ribs because he was driving in the lane? Better question, why do Lakers fans have such poor grammar and spelling?

Those saying that Dallas shouldn't have had their starters in or that Barea shouldn't have been driving the lane need to understand that Dallas has a history of blowing big leads by easing up at the end of big games.

They did it in 2006 in the NBA Finals and choked away what should have been a 3-0 lead on Miami and they did it once in the Portland series this year.

Dallas was desperate to win this game and the Dallas fans did not want this going back to LA. We know the history; we know the Lakers are the Champs, so when we were fortunate enough to get the Lakers down, you'd better believe we were glad to see the Mavs - for once - not letting up and finishing strong.

Bottom line - The Mavs had their starters out there driving the lane and shooting threes as a sign of respect that even with 8:30 left the 4th and a 30 point lead, the defending Champs were STILL an opponent to be feared. It was not as a sign of disrespect.


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