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January 28, 2009

Bynum foul on Wallace was dirty

Bynum

After 21 years of covering the NBA, I think I know the difference between rugged and dirty.

What Andrew Bynum did to Gerald Wallace Tuesday was dirty.

Bynum, a gigantic athlete for the Los Angeles Lakers, threw a blatant elbw and hip-check to keep Wallace from reaching the basket in the fourth quarter. I get it that every play in that quarter mattered – it did go to overtime, after all – but there were many things Bynum could have done to avert Wallace dunking. Most of them would not have involved Wallace going to the hospital.

 Hopefully, this was about youthful indiscretion, not malicious intent. Because as talented as Bynum is, I’d hate to think his destiny is to end up a hockey goon.

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Posted by Observer staff on January 28, 2009 at 06:09 AM | Permalink

Comments

Youthful indiscretion or not, a suspension is appropriate. Now lets see if the commissioner will suspend the LA Laker's emerging center.

Posted by: Steve | Jan 28, 2009 7:01:22 AM

Bynum should be suspended.

Posted by: D Ruff | Jan 28, 2009 7:11:25 AM

You'd think at 7'0+ the guy would have at least attempted to block the shot. That was just a lazy, dirty play.

Posted by: Josh | Jan 28, 2009 8:41:16 AM

How long does it take to recover from a collapsed lung? Don't know much about NBA suspensions, but what about 2 to 3 games for Bynum?

Posted by: question | Jan 28, 2009 8:41:43 AM

No chance they suspend Bynum (a Laker) for his hit on Wallace (a Bobcat). I was actually surprised they called a flagrant on Bynum (again, a Laker); those refs are going to get an ear full from Stern for letting us beat them.

Posted by: SCB | Jan 28, 2009 8:43:34 AM

It's basketball - not Hockey. I would hate to see goons become part of the NBA.

Posted by: Musson | Jan 28, 2009 8:43:55 AM

That's the textbook example of a cheap shot. Not even an attempt to really try to stop Wallace from shooting.

Posted by: Pirate1974 | Jan 28, 2009 8:49:17 AM

they should suspend him twice as long as wallace is out. fine him 3x wallaces salary for the time also and give half to wallace. annother flagerant and ban him for life. no questions.

Posted by: ben | Jan 28, 2009 8:53:43 AM

That was less a hip check and more of close-line -- an elbow that was thrown into Wallace's leaping midsection.

A multi-game suspension does not seem out of the question.

JAT

Posted by: JAT | Jan 28, 2009 8:56:31 AM

Does not look flagrant to me - lazy play, yes, but flagrant no.

Posted by: Gene | Jan 28, 2009 8:58:09 AM

Does not look flagrant to me - lazy play, yes, but flagrant no.

Posted by: Gene | Jan 28, 2009 8:58:09 AM

SCB, what the hell are you talking about?

Posted by: Zach | Jan 28, 2009 8:59:50 AM

Have any of you guys ever played a realtime Professional game? Nope. Yeah Bynum should have just put his arms up but he didn't. That's due to his inexperience, not his ill intent. He just doesn't seem like the one to cause serious injury to anyone. Unless he's dunking on you and hurts your feelings! Bobcats aren't going to the playoffs anyways. The Lakers just have trouble with these guys. One win doesn't mean they have a playoff run in them!!!

Posted by: Wes | Jan 28, 2009 9:01:20 AM

It amazes me that, like Eval Kneival and Robbie, Gerald is willing to come back and do the same high wire act after every wreck. His brain is missing the gene for self-preservation. I think the LALA's got a taste of a young team that is totally committed to giving it up for a win. Look for a winning percentage of about .550 the rest of the way. Hope Adam doesn't get crushed on one of his high flyiing swoops to the tin:)

Posted by: biggidee | Jan 28, 2009 9:01:47 AM

This was by far a Flgrant foul. If they were able to call Morrison's flagrant foul to Gasol, this is by far a flgrant. If it was dirty yes, Wallace was CRUSHING the Lakers, he had 10 pts in the first quarter. This game would have never go to OT if this foul didn't take place. That was cheap, you can call it inexperience or howver you want to call it, but that was very dirty and he should be suspended.

Posted by: RobC | Jan 28, 2009 9:13:32 AM

did Wes see the replay? Bynum "inexperienced" his elbow through Geraldd's ribcage. Oops, his bad.

Posted by: biggidee | Jan 28, 2009 9:41:29 AM

This did not look to me like an "intentional" flagrant. He was way too late on the help and just tried to make sure Wallace didn't get the ball off for a possible 3-pt. play. He was reaching out with the arm and did not seem to throw the elbow. Wallace was just coming in way too fast for it not to be a collision. Bad play by Bynum, no doubt, but didn't seem malicious.

Posted by: hknemo | Jan 28, 2009 9:59:42 AM

At first I didn't think it looked incredibly bad, but look at the final angle they show at the end of the video. Bynum clearly puts his elbow up and hits Wallace intentionally. Punching, pushing, or hitting another player is an automatic flagrant and usually results in an ejection.

Posted by: Elijah | Jan 28, 2009 10:15:36 AM

A flagrant foul is charged when the contact is "unnecessary and excessive" and usually when the player makes no attempt at the ball. Bynum did all of those things. It was definitely a flagrant foul.

http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_12.html?nav=ArticleList

Posted by: Zach | Jan 28, 2009 10:19:43 AM

Zach, I'm just talking about the huge conspiracy that is the NBA. The best players and the best teams get the calls. Stern & Co. coddle the superstars and turn them into the babies most of them are.

Wes, I would agree with you that it's just one win but the Pheonix game was also just one win, as were the Detroit, Boston, Portland, and even the SA game (even though SA was a loss). All of those "just one game" games translate to 5 wins and a solid showing against some of the better teams in the league. The Cats 8-4 record in their last 12 games is pretty darn impressive if you ask me.

Posted by: SCB | Jan 28, 2009 10:24:34 AM

This sounds a lot like the argument about Gerald Henderson's elbow finding Tyler Hansbrough's nose - it's all about intent. I agree, the action is happening fast, but I saw too much in that play, and the replays, to tell me that it qualifies as a flagrant, but Bynum never meant to inflict an injury that severe. He should be suspended though, because we're without a star player for who knows how long because of Bynum's lack of professionalism.

Posted by: Scott | Jan 28, 2009 10:32:48 AM

I don't know if Bynum is a dirty player or not. I don't think he was trying to injure Wallace, but he clearly was trying to make him pay for blowing past his man for an easy basket. There was no attempt to go for the ball. Just from my experience playing pick-up basketball; I have been on the end of an elbow just like Wallace. That's the one of the worst things you can do to an opposing player; to take a shot at him when he's clearly exposed. The other is taking a player's legs out. It seems he was sending a message that if you bring it in the paint, you're going to get smacked in the mouth. It's a good question to ask if Okafor had did the same to Kobe would he'd been automatically ejected and suspended a game for rough play? Refs sometimes don't give young teams the right calls. Let's just hope Wallace will be fine and can come back soon. We're starting to jell as a team and can seriously get to the 7 or 8 spot. If so; anything can happen.

Posted by: Tyrone | Jan 28, 2009 10:43:38 AM

If you take a look around the league; the Bobcats starters are playing just as well as any team. If the bench can step up, they can really get it done.

Posted by: Tyrone | Jan 28, 2009 10:45:52 AM

Reverse roles, if Diop did the exact same thing to Kobe and Kobe was laying in a hospital today how many games would Diop be suspended? He would've been ejected from the game immediately.

You think if Kobe was going to miss a couple of weeks, Diop wouldn't be suspended too? Let's treat everyone equal and give Bynum his punishment.

The NBA needs to be proactive, injuries happen in the NBA everyday, but this was intentional flagrant foul where Bynum's actions were more focused on inflicting pain (not necessarily injury) and no intent to go after the ball, or break the players fall.

Posted by: BlockParty | Jan 28, 2009 11:03:23 AM

What does that play have to do with hockey, there's no goons in other sports? Bruce Bowen isn't a goon? Karate kicking Wally World, trying to break everyone's ankles coming down from shots, hockey isn't the only sport with dirty player, I think that's a little unfair.

Posted by: Sterling | Jan 28, 2009 11:09:57 AM

Suspensions??? What is wrong with you Laker-haters? It was a lazy, flagarant foul by Bynum who missed his defensive assignment, and tried to make up for it at the last second. The way Wallace is always attacking, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. Dude had it coming.

Posted by: mibooth | Jan 28, 2009 11:45:38 AM

I've always thought that if a dirty play results in another player being injured and missing games, the offending player should have to serve a suspension for the same amount of time the injured player is out. Knock a player out for 3 games, you have to sit until he returns. Out for the season? Better start tuning up your golf game. Ruin a guy's career, say buh-bye to your own! I'm not saying that injuries that occur in the heat of the moment should be suspended in this manner, but when an injury results from an obviously dirty foul, why should the innocent (player and team) be punished, while the guilty benefit? Maybe some of these pro athletes would start to learn a little more about sportsmanship, and stop acting like spoiled 6 year olds!

Posted by: AJ | Jan 28, 2009 11:50:04 AM

JAT you suck!

Posted by: Catfish | Jan 28, 2009 12:01:35 PM

Sory JAT. I shoulod have said that Gene SUCKS

Posted by: Catfish | Jan 28, 2009 12:03:28 PM

If Okafor had committed the same type of foul on Kobe, he would've been ejected from the game and suspended for 10 games. No respect for the Bobcats.

Posted by: mcswollenvich | Jan 28, 2009 12:12:35 PM

It was a lazy play, maybe flagrant. Similar to Adam Morrison's flagrant on Pau earlier. Suspension? Dirty player? Hockey goon? No. Shut up and move on.

Posted by: Ryan | Jan 28, 2009 12:16:03 PM

It was a lazy play, maybe flagrant. Similar to Adam Morrison's flagrant on Pau earlier. Suspension? Dirty player? Hockey goon? No. Shut up and move on.

Posted by: Ryan | Jan 28, 2009 12:16:05 PM

It was a lazy play, maybe flagrant. Similar to Adam Morrison's flagrant on Pau earlier. Suspension? Dirty player? Hockey goon? No. Shut up and move on.

Posted by: Ryan | Jan 28, 2009 12:16:07 PM

Rick,

Any word on how long GW is going to be out? Such a shame that he got hurt now...hoping for speedy recovery.

Posted by: HJ | Jan 28, 2009 12:17:52 PM

This clearly was a play by Bynum to STOP Gerald from completing his play. There was nothing about that drive that was a high flying acrobatic move by Gerald. Not only should Bynum have been called for the flagrant, but he should be suspended for his actions for multiple games and fined. If he has any previous flagrants of this nature he should be suspended and fined more severely as clearly he is not learning for his actions. It would seem that it was his intent to STOP Gerald and in doing so the way he did he should realize after playing bball for so many years that the other player could be seriously injured. The fact that he showed little to no concern for Gerald adds to the pain he inflicted. Punish him to the fullest now, early in his career and maybe he will understand and go on to be a respectable player. My thoughts and prayers are with you Gerald, hope you have a speedy recovery.

Posted by: Marla | Jan 28, 2009 12:22:51 PM

Bynum's hip check wasn't dirty. Thats not even a real hip check. MJ should call Oakley over to practices so these Bobcats can know what a real hip check feels like.

Posted by: E-Meezy | Jan 28, 2009 12:23:38 PM

Call it what u want, I call it the play of the game. Stay the F outta my paint, succa!

Posted by: J | Jan 28, 2009 12:36:51 PM

Dirty? Do you see anyone else in the league or media other than this weak column complaining about the flagrant foul or calling for a suspension? Come on, it was a freak injury that occurred when Bynum tried to foul Wallace before he could dunk and get a 3pt play. It is probably just a bruised rib and he got the wind knocked out of him. X-rays were negative so there's no broken ribs.

Posted by: UrBoi | Jan 28, 2009 12:41:03 PM

Bynum is such an awkward, goofy player that at first it was hard to tell if he really intended to cross check Wallace or if it was an accident. After multiple replays, it does look intentional. Bynum managed to get his entire arm across Wallace's body and hit him with his right elbow. From the angle Bynum was coming, it had to be an intentional act.

BlockParty is right about what would have happened if it would have been Kobe hit by Diop on that play. But just like how the NBA clearly gives calls to its stars, this is likely not to draw a suspension because Wallace is not a marquee guy. But he will be missed by his team and his fans, and Bynum should be judged by violence of his act and not by who was hurt.

Posted by: Deuce | Jan 28, 2009 12:53:27 PM

Dude,
Wallace clearly jumped into Bynum's elbow!!!!!

What do you expect Andrew to do? Just keep is arms down and get dunked on.

That was Wallace's fault, and that is why no suspension or fine will occur from this.

Wallace should have known better than to jump into Andrew like that.

That was a rookie move by a veteran player.

SHAME ON WALLACE!!!!!!

And shame on all of you guys for trying to make young Andrew Bynum feel bad!!!!!!!!

hog

Posted by: the canibus hog | Jan 28, 2009 1:01:26 PM

Quick thoughts on last night's broadcast:

-Gary Payton is a first class moron. He refused to the Bobcats seriously, even after they beat his beloved Lakers.
-The TV announcers managed to give no respect to the Bobbies the entire game. Quote at 5:50 left in the 4th: "The Lakers can't decide if they want to win this game or give it away." Never mind the fact that the Bobs had led the entire way and matched the Lakers big shot for big shot.
-Why can't Shannon Brown play with that kind of energy every night? And what was his biggest play: the 3-ponter in the 2nd OT or drawing the 6th foul on Kobe in the 1st OT?
-Morrison does not look for his shot, and his teammates don't look for him. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
-Singletary does not look for his shot or for his drive when he gets on the court. He is surely one of the reserves that Larry Brown says is "trying not to make a mistake", along with Morrison.
-Chris Webber had one comment at halftime that was right on, when he said that Charlotte should not get blown out in the 1st half by teams like the Pacers if they are capable of playing like this in the 1st half. Nailed it.

Posted by: Deuce | Jan 28, 2009 1:05:03 PM

I don't know why all of you anti-Bobcat suckers keep reading and typing ridiculously childish and uneducated comments.

GOOD POINT BLOCK PARTY

Posted by: Go Bobcats | Jan 28, 2009 1:05:11 PM

Why do I get the feeling that there would not be the same outrage if it was a late hit by Beason or Peppers on Drew Brees or Matt Ryan.

Posted by: JJ Jones | Jan 28, 2009 1:08:27 PM

The author insinuating that Bynum will end up being a "hockey goon" is so low class. Just write the story and leave out the stupid comments. I'm sure Bynum was intentionally trying to break Wallace's ribs or collapse his lung or whatever happened. It's easy to sit on your computer and call someone a goon or a thug after one play when he has no history of playing dirty. No suspension warranted here. 1 game max. Also, for everyone talking about the reverse situation, Kobe would just get up and keep playing.

Posted by: yoyoma | Jan 28, 2009 1:19:04 PM

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Posted by: Captain Lou Albano | Jan 28, 2009 1:41:36 PM

bynum missed his rotation and tried to wrap wallace up to save his ass from zen

was it lazy defense? yes.
was it malicious? no.

stop overreacting

Posted by: TheBrownBoy | Jan 28, 2009 1:42:26 PM

Just been reported that Wallace has a collasped lung and broken rib. He'll be out indefinitely. It's going to be a while before he recovers from both. League office should look at the tape to determine if Bynum should be suspended for some games. He clearly was sending a message. He didn't even look for the ball. The league would suspend a player if they take Kobe, Lebron or Wade out. Let's be fair to the small market teams just like you're to the bigger markets. Stern has make sure everyone has the same rules.

Posted by: Tyrone | Jan 28, 2009 2:15:08 PM

First, thanks to Rick for being all over this one. Second, the Lakers were frustrated with the 'Cats all night last night. Earlier in the second half Gerald had gotten called for a foul against Kobe where they got their arms interlocked and Gerald threw him around a little- lots of grimaces from the Lakers after that one. Also, Gerald was on the sidelines at one point visibly having his abdomen area wrapped, even at one point being taken back to the locker room.
A combination of his frustration, wanting to protect Kobe, and knowing where Gerald was hurting already is what led Bynum to foul him like he fouled him. SO DESERVING OF A SUSPENSION!!

Posted by: BustaCat | Jan 28, 2009 2:29:49 PM

Andrew Bynum is by no means a dirty player. He has no history of being that type of player. The incident was unfortunate but nothing more than a hard foul with unintended results. The flagrant was probably the right call but I don't think a suspension is warranted. The Cats were embarrassing the Lakers and the foul was probably out of frustration due to their defense being shredded but there was no ill intent by Bynum other than to save the basket. The cats are surprisingly good now!

Posted by: Johnny Logic | Jan 28, 2009 2:32:10 PM

I want Toney to admit he got that coach fired and then tried to moonwalk his way out of it.

Posted by: Leroy Johnson | Jan 28, 2009 2:38:19 PM

I believe Bynum did not intend to injure. So what? His bad, lazy play did directly cause very severe injury. Wallace will be out for at least 3 weeks, maybe 4. Should the Lakers be permitted to gain an advantage over the rest of the NBA by injuring opposing players?

In general, the league should suspend players who flagrantly cause injury for a length of time EQUAL to whatever length of time the injury normally requires to heal. That would be fair, and a perfect punishment for the crime.

Posted by: Me | Jan 28, 2009 3:00:17 PM

Zach has already said it.

You've done a good job stirring up your crowd though Mr Bonnell.

The play was a mistake, but certainly not dirty. Watch much basketball?

Posted by: Josh | Jan 28, 2009 3:15:37 PM

have to agree, while Bynum wasnt necessarily trying to crush his ribs, he was trying to inflict some pain and foul him intentionally. No play on the ball, he just didnt want wallace to have another easy layup. But with that said, Bynum needs to be suspended. He needs to learn that, if you want to foul and prevent a basket then there are better ways to do it. Otherwise, such irresponsible plays lead to collapsed lungs and broken ribs. Stupid. And i have to agree with SBC and some of the other thoughts on this page...odds are we sont see a suspension because he's a Laker. I guarantee that if the same thing happened to Kobe then we would have seen it posted all over ESPN instead of an article from the observer 10 hours after the diagnosis

Posted by: SF Bobcats | Jan 28, 2009 4:01:58 PM

A hockey goon? Really? Watch the clip a few more times. It looks like Bynum reached out to grab Wallace and tried to slow him down, but it happened so fast and awkwardly, that Bynum ended up elbowing him in the ribs. I was at the game last night and Bynum definitely deserved a flagrant. But a hockey goon? You gotta be kidding me. The game happens so fast and it is easy for us to sit back and judge, but the truth is, we have no idea what it is like to play at that speed and have to adjust to insanely athletic players like Gerald Wallace in a split second. Add that to a developing Bynum with a big body he is learning to use and you have what happened last night. Lets face it, the refs more than made up for any calls they should have made by tossing out Kobe with one of the most ticky tack fouls I have ever seen at the end of a game. Instead of the article you wrote a Thank You letter to Steve Javey (sp?) would have been much more appropriate.

Posted by: Trevor | Jan 28, 2009 4:03:17 PM

Here's the url lin to email the league office...

Flood them with emails... Suspend Bynum!!

http://www.nba.com/email_us/contact_us.html

Posted by: Derek Tyson | Jan 28, 2009 4:04:00 PM

Bynum was looking to contest the shot, but Wallace got to him quicker than he expected. Bynum simply threw his arms in there to brace for the collision - he wasn't slamming Wallace down in an act of malice. Look at the photo; Bynum is almost trying to get out of the way. Not to mention the fact that Bynum took a couple steps toward Wallace immediately afterward and offered him a hand.

Flagrant foul? Definitely. A malicious, pre-meditated "dirty" foul? No way.

Posted by: Woodrow | Jan 28, 2009 4:16:22 PM

That is not a dirty play at all. Possibly a flagrant if you look at the result, but it was just a hard foul. Bynum will not and should not be suspended.

Posted by: ReginaldDenny | Jan 28, 2009 4:36:40 PM

It was a good call the refs did an excellent job calling the play. I will say though fans and analysts should be a little more considerate for Bynum the kid just turned 21 he doesn't even know his own strength. The refs, the announcers, and the players, all could not have predicted the horrendous outcome to Wallace I watched the play live and it was a Flagrant 1 but should have been a Flagrant 2 judging by the outcome.

Furthermore the Lakers played lackadaisical the whole game and did not deserve to win and it was fitting that Kobe fouled out with 38pts in the first OT on a questionable call. The Lakers would have won a game although they did not deserve to.

All the best to Wallace he is tough and he will be back sooner than you think.

Posted by: Jay Holla | Jan 28, 2009 5:15:37 PM

Flagrant foul? Yes? ill intent? NO! injured player? Yes....The NBA where (collapsed lungs happen) thats why they get paid the millions to recover bounce back and continue playing ball and i wish G.WALL a speedy recovery but Bynum should not be suspended or fined or miss any games....that was the sloppiest dumbest play in the history of the NBA Bynum made no play for the ball he's 7 foot forever and he cant stand up for a charge or challenege the shot to a certain extent...man i am disappointed to what happened to Wallace very good player its unfortunate but to answer the question about if this would happen to Kobe...NO DIOP would NOT get suspended

Posted by: Jizzle | Jan 28, 2009 5:20:21 PM

Zach, I'm just talking about the huge conspiracy that is the NBA. The best players and the best teams get the calls. Stern & Co. coddle the superstars and turn them into the babies most of them are.

Posted by: SCB | Jan 28, 2009 10:24:34 AM

So How do you explain Kobe getting fouled out when Bell was in his jersey the whole game?

Posted by: Bobcat | Jan 28, 2009 5:26:35 PM

Oh give me a break. Nothing about that foul was dirty. Bynum clearly did not purposely throw his elbow into Wallace's chest. He was late in the rotation, and tried to stop Wallace, and an unfortunate, freak injury occurred. 10 years ago this wouldn't have even been a discussion. Flagrant? Yes. Dirty? No.

Posted by: Tom A | Jan 28, 2009 5:44:37 PM

Zach, I'm just talking about the huge conspiracy that is the NBA. The best players and the best teams get the calls. Stern & Co. coddle the superstars and turn them into the babies most of them are.

Posted by: SCB | Jan 28, 2009 10:24:34 AM

So how do you explain Kobe fouling out when Bell was in his jersey the whole game?

Posted by: Bobcat | Jan 28, 2009 6:05:22 PM

Weshould saction a hit on that no good dirty jerk. A nice baseball bat to the knees would be a nice choice. What a jerk.

Posted by: BubbaCatFan | Jan 28, 2009 6:30:34 PM

How many time have the Lakers been accused of being soft? By the fans media everyone. This could have been a flagrant but that is what everyone rally wanted.

Posted by: Darryl | Jan 28, 2009 7:11:50 PM

You need an enforcer to bring off the bench for people like Bynum. Hey, Kobe got ribs too!

Posted by: BillL | Jan 28, 2009 8:10:45 PM

Wow. I shouldn't be shocked by the bias that I'm reading in these comments, and yet I still am. Stop looking at the play through bobcat colored shades and you'll realize that there was no malicious intent, and Bynum was clearly going for the ball. I know the Carolinas aren't used to watching professional basketball, so they may not understand this, but this isn't like a Duke or UNC game. Everyone gets treated equally and judged rationally. You guys will grow into a proper understanding of professional basketball at some point.

Posted by: CommonSense | Jan 28, 2009 8:17:32 PM

Bynum was lazy on the play. It was a flagrant foul. It was immature, and stupid on his part. Does he deserve a punishment? Maybe, just to get the point across to him that you've got to think more on plays like that.

But it wasn't dirty. If you tell me that it was dirty, then I'll probably stop listening to you because you're probably a moron.

Posted by: Steven | Jan 28, 2009 8:53:50 PM

And when I say "dirty," I mean he intentionally put Wallace in danger.

Posted by: Steven | Jan 28, 2009 8:54:50 PM

Bynam is a very dirty player. Jackson has him as a head hunter on that team. They don't need him on the floor every night, so what is a 1 game suspension? Nothing.
He jumped on Greg Oden's back the first game of the year and knocked him out for 3 weeks. I would love to see him sent packing for the rest of the year. Dirty dirty dirty!

Posted by: dan | Jan 28, 2009 10:02:17 PM

Andrew Bynum is not a dirty player, Gerald Wallace is just a stupid player. Should have learned not to play like a dumbass after his last concussion...or the one before...or the one before...

Posted by: Nobody | Jan 28, 2009 10:44:02 PM

Rick, did you even watch the game? There was nothing remotely dirty about the play. Yes, it was a hard foul and when a player hits the floor that way, you can count on it being called flagrant. But to insinuate that Bynum is a thug betrays both an embarrassing lack of knowledge about the man, as well as a pronounced bias towards your team. Bynum emphatically does NOT have a history of flagrant fouls or overly physical play, and Laker fans know him as an amazingly polite and soft-spoken young man.

I hope Mr. Wallace makes a rapid and complete recovery.

Posted by: EyesWideOpen | Jan 29, 2009 3:30:18 AM

After 21 years I would think you would know the difference but I guess you really don't. It was a lazy play yes, but malicious, no. Lazy in the fact that Bynum put his right arm up slower than he should of and Wallace ran into his elbow (watch it in slow mo). Also Bynum at 7ft and 285 lbs could have actually stepped into Wallace (who is only 6'7 and 220 lbs)and done a lot more damage. I wish Wallace a speedy recovery, but what are they going to play basketball wearing football pads now? I don't think so. Injuries (sometimes serious ones) happen in sports.

Posted by: themachine | Jan 29, 2009 5:47:11 AM

Its so funny that a lot of fans are so jealous of not having Bynum on their team, lol!

Posted by: Mark | Jan 29, 2009 6:33:05 AM

Bobcats have the Lakers' number and dial it often. That's why LA hurt Wallace and know they can get away with it. They don't care as long as they win. The NBA needs to reel them in. By the way, is Karl Malone on their staff?

Posted by: BillL | Jan 29, 2009 7:00:22 AM

He should get suspended for sure (I'm a fan of Bynum)...you don't do that and get away with it!!! Broken rib and collapsed lung...this isn't wresling!!!

http://mylifeiscrap.com

Posted by: MLIC | Jan 29, 2009 11:50:16 AM

Absolutelt a dirty play, with the intent to cause injury! Anybody who defends Bynum's public mugging would have a different opinion if it was themselves that got rocked by this goon. He should be suspended for as long as Wallace is out of action, and not a minute less.

Posted by: Steven | Jan 29, 2009 1:29:52 PM

You Bobcat fans need to listen to the members of your own team. Larry Brown and Raymond Felton both think Bynum's foul was not malicious and the league should not take action. Who is any fan to claim that they know better than Wallace's own coach and teammate who were actually there on the floor when the foul took place? Consider that and the character of Bynum to wait outside the Bobcats' bus and apologize to Larry Brown for the foul. Punish the action, not the result of the foul.

Posted by: Daniel | Jan 30, 2009 3:12:26 AM

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hope bynum gets better..

Posted by: lakers #1 | Feb 1, 2009 3:06:56 PM

So dirty ,Clearly Dirty.That why he gotta paid back by his team mate.Where that kid learn form ???

Posted by: nicholas | Feb 5, 2009 3:01:36 PM

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