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Tyler Hansbrough was ready to fight until he realized it was Metta World Peace (Video)

Oh this video is just precious right here. Tyler Hansbrough, now with the Toronto Raptors (!!!), drove the lane and was fouled hard by the New York Knicks during a preseason game on Monday night. He was pretty ticked about someone hanging all over him from behind and looked like he was ready to go. But after turning around, Hansbrough realized it was Metta World Peace who was behind him, and he quickly backed down.

“Oh my bad,” Hansbrough quickly said after realizing it was Metta.

Man, you ever seen someone reconsider a fight quicker than that? That was too great. I mean the look on Hansbrough’s face was just priceless. Look at this:

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Birdman levels, pushes Tyler Hansbrough for flagrant foul (Video)

Birdman Tyler HansbroughChris Birdman Andersen was assessed a flagrant-1 foul during the second quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night for leveling Tyler Hansbrough and then pushing him.

Miami Heat guard Norris Cole missed a layup and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George rebounded the ball. Then, Birdman decided to run into Hansbrough and check him with his shoulder, sending Psycho T to the ground. After Hansbrough got up, the two bumped chests and Birdman pushed the Pacers forward.

“I don’t know what his deal is,” Hansbrough said after the game per USA Today. “Was I surprised? No, I wasn’t surprised. I was caught off-guard.”

Both players received technical fouls on the play, while Birdman got the flagrant foul. Hansbrough made one of two free throws.

Andersen definitely should have received a flagrant-2 foul and automatic ejection for his actions. Instead, he remained in the game and blocked a Hansbrough shot less than a minute later:

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Will Bynum suspended one game for punching Tyler Hansbrough (Video)

Tyler Hansbrough Will BynumWill Bynum was suspended on game for punching Tyler Hansbrough on Saturday.

Detroit was down 70-50 in the fourth quarter when Bynum socked Hansbrough in the stomach after the Pacers forward screened him. It was a sneaky move by Bynum, and Hansbrough crouched down in a show of pain afterward. His reaction ensured the referees saw it the move, and they immediately ejected Bynum.

The NBA announced Sunday that the Pistons guard would be suspended a game as penalty.

Bynum had 15 points when he was ejected. Detroit lost 90-72, less than a day after getting blasted by the Pacers 114-82 in Indiana. Clearly frustration over the two straight losses played a role in Bynum’s reaction. And maybe he thought he could get away with it.

Tyler Hansbrough channels his inner LBS, brown bags it at a bar (Pictures)

This is what we’re talking about. Brown bag it, baby. Tyler Hansbrough did the LBS staff proud recently when he basically dropped our slogan all over a bar in North Carolina without even realizing it. As you can see from the photo above that a Deadspin reader sent in, Hansbrough was spotted at a bar called Red Dog’s in Wrightsville Beach brown bagging it and pounding a 40-oz beer. And as you see from the photo below, the brown bag move appears to have been working.

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Ben Hansbrough Emerging Like Brother Tyler Hansbrough

Though he was never the star and hyped player his brother was coming out of high school and throughout college, Ben Hansbrough is emerging in his senior year of college. The Notre Dame guard scored a team-high 19 points for the Irish Monday night at the Petersen Events Center in a 56-51 road win over Pitt. He’s played well the entire season and has been consistently good throughout Big East play. For the year, Hansbrough is averaging 16.5ppg on 45.9% shooting and four assists per game. The senior leads his team in points, assists, steals, and three-point shooting, and is one of the biggest reasons why Notre Dame is 17-4.

Ben followed a much different path to stardom than his brother Tyler. Tyler is a much more physically intimidating presence, going 6’9″ and 250lbs. He led his team to three straight state championships before moving on to North Carolina, passing up nearly every other prestigious college. Tyler became the ACC Freshman of the Year, a four-year all-conference player, and three-time All American. He is the career leader in several statistical categories for the Tar Heels, one of the richest programs in college basketball history.

Compared to Tyler who was wanted by every school, younger brother Ben went to Mississippi State straight out of high school. After two seasons spent on 20+ win teams, Ben left Starkville and enrolled in Notre Dame. He was forced to sit out the ’08-’09 season due to transfer rules but made his debut with the Irish last season. Each year of college he has increased his productivity as a player.

Ben Hansbrough won’t end his career with school, conference, or national records, but his importance to his team is starting to rival his brother’s. Best part of all? His play has been so good he’s created his own identity as a star college basketball player.

Pacers Taking Tyler Hansbrough Fits in with New ‘Team Concept’

It’s been five years since the brawl in The Palace of Auburn Hills between the Pacers and the Pistons. That fight resulted in several suspension of unprecedented length and changed the image of the Pacers according to then GM, Donnie Walsh. The team tried to remake itself, trading away Ron Artest for Peja Stojakovic, and then Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington for Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Troy Murphy. It doesn’t take me doing the breakdown for you to do the quick math on those trades, and I’m not talking about their scoring averages. As if those moves weren’t enough to let you know what was transpiring with the Pacers, this post from two years ago should do the trick. To refresh your memory, the Pacers marketed their coach, Jim O’Brien, over their players in that season. Here was the reasoning:

Pacers fans in this conservative market don’t identify with the hip-hop culture some in the NBA have cultivated in recent years.

Pacers fans are more interested in things like hustle, teamwork and fundamentally sound basketball than individual stars, he said.

Hustle, teamwork, and fundamentally sound basketball. Hmm, you know which player in the draft embodies hustle, teamwork, and fundamentally sound basketball? The four-year senior and national champion from North Carolina, Tyler Hansbrough. Now there’s someone the fans will be energized about watching! Gee, I can’t believe they made this pick, wonder what swayed them? You know the irony? Fans don’t mind the hip-hop culture as long as the team is winning — I sure don’t remember seeing Market Square Arena empty too often. Regardless of whether or not Hansbrough deserved to go here, I think it’s pretty convenient that Indiana is the team that pulled the trigger and that the local paper was cheerleading for him too.