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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Andrew Bynum doesn’t think fine, benching were warranted

Andrew Bynum remains defiant in the face of discipline from the Lakers. Speaking with ESPN’s Heather Cox after the Lakers beat the Clippers on Wednesday night in LA, Bynum said the fines and benching he received weren’t deserved.

“I didn’t think it was warranted,” Bynum said of the fines and benching. “I don’t think you [should] get benched for that. It is what it is, though.”

“Can’t nobody do nothing to me that’s going to make me second-guess myself on the court. I shot another three tonight, and they fouled me, but they didn’t call it,” he said.

Bynum, for some reason, seems proud about expanding his game to include three pointers. He also doesn’t think a fine was necessary even though he reportedly blew off a meeting with the team’s GM.

I’m not sure why I would expect Bynum to act contrite. He needs to be punished more severely for any message to have an impact. And as long as he keeps playing as well as he did on Wednesday night, he’ll have even less motivation to cooperate with the team.

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