Lakers center Bynum gets around Grizzlies forward Speights during the second half of NBA action in Memphis

In obvious move, Lakers to pick up option on Andrew Bynum


Over his last 10 games, Andrew Bynum has averaged 24 points while shooting 65.7 percent plus grabbing 13.1 rebounds per game. He’s been a beast at the end of games, where the Lakers are finally feeding him (read: Kobe Bryant is finally trusting him) and he is delivering. Plus, Bynum is staying healthy.

He is fulfilling his promise this season, with that has come recognition like being on the All-Star team.

Also it means money — the Lakers are picking up their option on him, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers have until June 30 to exercise the $16.1-million option they have for the last year of Bynum’s contract. After next season, however, he becomes a free agent unless they negotiate an extension between now and then.

When you wonder why the Lakers are making cost cutting moves over the next few seasons, remember the Bynum extension and the increasingly punitive luxury tax that comes with the new CBA.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.