We told you yesterday how yesterday after his exit interview Lakers center Andrew Bynum apologized for his cheap shot hit on J.J. Barea at the end of Dallas’ sweep of the Lakers.
We also told you the league gave him a five-game suspension at the start of next season (whenever that is) for the incident.
But we thought you should see Bynum’s apology for yourself. So below is the video.
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Here’s the thing about Andrew Bynum — he’s one of the more introspective Lakers. He’s thoughtful, an avid reader, a genuinely good kid, but at times acts like a 23-year-old. An immature 23-year-old.
And when the frustration over the Lakers loss boiled over, he acted immaturely. At best.
At his exit interview Tuesday, he apologized for the cheap hit on J.J. Barea at the end of Game 4, from Mike Trudell at Lakers.com.
Number one, I want to apologize for my actions at the start of the 4th quarter in Dallas in Game 4. They don’t represent me, my upbringing, this franchise, or any of the Laker fans out there that want to watch us and watch us succeed. Furthermore and more importantly, I want to actually apologize to J.J. Barea for doing that. I’m just glad he wasn’t seriously injured in the event, and all I could say is, I looked at it, it’s terrible and it definitely won’t happen again. I went and I watched it, and it was terrible. Sometimes you just have to man up and own it, and that’s what happened. It’s that simple.
It’s a start. Doesn’t take the act away, and he should get a healthy fine and suspension from the league at the start of next season for it.
But Bynum is not a bad guy. And he may be maturing, even if he is learning some of those lessons the hard way.
Andrew Bynum’s flagrant foul on Minnesota’s Michael Beasley has led to a two game suspension by the league, one of the harshest penalties this season.
We told you about Bynum being ejected Friday night, and he deserved to be tossed. Bynum was late on his rotation (not that Matt Barnes did a lot to slow Beasley on the perimeter) and decided to go with the hard foul. But he did it shoulder/elbow first, more like a hockey check.
I can see the suspension. I’m not sure how this warrants two games over some of the other hard fouls this season that got one game.
Bynum will miss the Lakers games Sunday against the Trail Blazers and Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns.
The Suns Aaron Brooks was suspended for a game by the league. Against the Warriors Friday night Brooks threw the ball and it hit an official in the leg. That’s a no-no. He sat out Sunday against the Clippers.