Bynum out first five games next season!
Los Angeles--rightfully so the NBA league office announced yesterday that Lakers center Andrew Bynum would be suspended the first 5 games of next season and fined $25,000 for removing his shirt while exiting the arena. The $25,000 isnít as bad as the $677,272 in salary that he will lose for those first 5 games. The forearm that he threw was a real cheap shot, but I think the worst thing about it is the fact that he did it to the smallest guy on the court. How tough does that make Bynum? Iím not bashing this guy because he is the starting center on my favorite team, but come on Andrew,Ē you had plenty of other players that you could have shoved your forearm into. It was stupid and a real immature move and it showed his young age. He did show some remorse and addressed it days later after his end of the season exit interview.
Bynum said his actions "don't represent me, my upbringing, this franchise or any of the Laker fans out there that want to watch us and want us to succeed. Furthermore, and more importantly, I want to actually apologize to J.J. Barea for doing that. I'm just glad that he wasn't seriously injured in the event. All I can say is I've looked at it, it's terrible and it definitely won't be happening again."
The question is, how much of a bad taste did it leave in the Lakers organizations mouth. Rumors are that Dwight Howard has interest in L.A. for next season as he is a free agent this summer. It seems to get really interesting in L.A. this offseason.