Sources: Lakers fine Andrew Bynum

Updated: April 4, 2012, 3:54 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum might not have attempted any more 3-pointers after being benched last week, but his team's disciplinary actions against him didn't end there.

Bynum recently was fined an undisclosed amount for "numerous infractions," multiple sources confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com. One of the stunts that warranted the fine from the team was Bynum blowing off a meeting with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.

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Bynum told ESPNLosAngeles.com he was unaware of the fine before getting into his car outside the Lakers' practice facility and driving away after the team's shootaround in preparation for its game against the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday.

Bynum did tell the website, though, he would not play in Tuesday night's game after suffering a moderate sprain of his left ankle in the first quarter of a game against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

Lakers coach Mike Brown confirmed before the game that Bynum was out and Josh McRoberts would "most likely" assume Bynum's spot in the starting lineup at power forward, shifting Pau Gasol to center.

Bynum's status remains day to day.

"I know he's out (Tuesday)," Brown said. "We'll see (Wednesday) and the day after and so on."

Brown declined to reveal more details about Bynum's recent behavior.

"We dealt with it internally as organization and now we move on," Brown said.

Brown said it was not unusual for the Spurs, even with their championship success, to fine players when he was an assistant coach for San Antonio. Brown generally tried to downplay the issue.

"I'm not concerned with Bynum's attitude," Brown said. "... I don't have a problem with Bynum."

Bynum's sprain did not require an MRI on Monday and X-rays on Bynum's ankle were negative, but Bynum did not participate in the Lakers' shootaround on Tuesday. Bynum used the shootaround time for treatment, which included anti-inflammatory medicine.

"I can't play," Bynum said while wearing tape around his left ankle. "Hopefully (Wednesday against the Clippers)."

While Bynum never has been better on the court, averaging career highs in points (17.9) and rebounds (11.9) per game to go along with 2.0 blocks and the second-best field goal percentage in the league (58.1 percent), he increasingly has been difficult off it since playing in his first All-Star Game in February.

The seven-year veteran mixed his messages Saturday after scoring 17 of his 19 points after halftime in the Lakers' 88-85 win over the New Orleans Hornets.

Bynum first said, "I need some more shots, I think," when asked about his slow start. He then changed his tune and said he got enough touches and was simply trying to rack up 10 assists so he was passing more. He finished with two assists.

He was later asked a question about Kobe Bryant's demeanor during timeouts as Bryant struggled through a 3-for-21 shooting game and Bynum pled ignorance.

"I don't take part in the huddles," Bynum said. "I'm resting ... getting my Zen on."

Bynum was ejected from a recent game in Houston after picking up his second technical foul and rather than leaving the court quickly slapped hands with fans sitting courtside before making his exit.

The 7-footer, who missed an average of 31 games a season because of injuries from 2007 to '11, has stayed remarkably healthy this season.

Bynum has played in the Lakers' past 49 games after sitting out the first four games of the season while serving a suspension for the hit he made on J.J. Barea in last year's Western Conference semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks.

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