This foul will most definitely end up costing Andrew Bynum a multi-game suspension next season and a hefty fine. It’s one of the most disgusting hits I’ve seen and it doesn’t belong in the sport of basketball. There are intentional hits to send a message and then there is this, in the midst of a blowout Andrew Bynum let all of his emotions and frustrations expose themselves in the ugliest way. This hit looks more like an act to hurt the player and Bynum’s reaction didn’t tell us otherwise.
After Bynum rocked the significantly smaller J.J. Barea with a mid-air elbow, he didn’t show an ounce of remorse. He didn’t bother to check on J.J. to make sure he didn’t seriously injure the downed player. He didn’t even wait for the refs to toss him, he knew exactly what was coming from the moment he laid the hit.
Watch the replay, and tell me your aren’t angered with Bynum, even if you’re a Laker fan. Bynum barrels into J.J. with enough power and momentum that it spins his own body around. After the elbow is delt, Bynum then continues to walk away as he ripped his jersey off and strolled towards the tunnel. That reads to me as a guy with premeditated intentions that was looking to put someone on their ass to save his own from the embarrassment and ridicule of being blown out by nearly 40 in an elimination game.
Over the years, the 23-year old Bynum hasn’t displayed much malice on the court, in fact he has always appeared to be a well rounded individual but a mental meltdown like this might be the catalyst that sways the Lakers, who seem to be searching for change, to ship Bynum off for some much needed pieces (a point guard and an athletic wing). As hard as it is for the Celtic fan in me to type this, the Lakers are a classy organization and they believe in winning the right way. What Bynum pulled off was nothing of the sort.
If there were any talking points within the Lakers organization to trade Bynum, Andrew single handedly highlighted that line item.
Congrats, Andrew, hope you like Dinsey World.