Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Andrew Bynum responds to ejection
By Dave McMenamin
DALLAS -- Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum admitted he lost his cool when he received a third-quarter ejection in Tuesday's 107-104 loss to the Houston Rockets, but he did not believe the punishment was justified.
"It was unwarranted, but I lost my head a touch earlier in the game and got to move on," Bynum said after the Lakers' shootaround in Dallas in preparation for their game against the Mavericks on Wednesday. "... I lost my temper for a little while and now I'm here in Dallas, ready to play."
Bynum was whistled for his second technical foul of the game with 1:10 remaining in the third quarter and the Lakers holding a six-point lead. Bynum said there wasn't any one thing that he said to referee Monty McCutchen to be tossed.
"It was probably a bunch of stuff," Bynum said.
Bynum was whistled for his first technical foul in the first quarter for arguing a non-call after Rockets center Samuel Dalembert was credited for a block on a missed shot by Bynum.
The NBA is unlikely to punish Bynum further, according to a league source.
Before the reigning Western Conference player of the week exited the court, Bynum high-fived a row of fans sitting courtside next to the Lakers bench.
"The league can take care of that," Lakers coach Mike Brown said when asked about Bynum possibly showing up the official by taking time to slap hands instead of promptly heading to the locker room. "If he wants to do that, that's on him. I have no problem with it."
Bynum brushed off his antics on Wednesday.
"I told them, 'Thanks for coming. I wish I could play,'" Bynum said.
Bynum left the game with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Without Bynum available, the Lakers were outscored 34-25 in the fourth quarter and outrebounded 15-7.
He did not see his teammates' demise on television in the locker room, however.
"I didn't watch," Bynum said. "I didn't watch. I just kind of sat on the bus and waited for everybody to get out of there."
Bynum added he did not feel responsible for the Lakers' loss, seeing how his teammates were able to build back a double-digit lead without him on the court.
"We got guys that come in and play and do good things and they had a 12-point lead, we built a 12-point lead, with the bench I believe," Bynum said. "So, they're capable of winning games [without me in the lineup]. It was just coming down to the end of the stretch and making bad decisions."
The Mavericks will be without 7-foot, 263-pound center Brendan Haywood (sprained right knee) to combat the 7-foot, 285-pound Bynum on Wednesday. Ian Mahinmi will fill in as Dallas' starting center.
"I'm just going to play hard," Bynum said. "I got to get my numbers. ... Even if Haywood was there, I'd be looking to assert myself all the time."