Sunday, February 1, 2009

My Name Is Andrew

Karma KOs Bynum, League Doesn't

When Lakers center Andrew Byum threw an elbow/forearm into the chest of a Bobcats swingman Gerald Wallace last week, resulting in bad news for Wallace (bad news = fractured rib, collapsed lung) he was issued a flagrant 1 foul. Which means he was not ejected from the game. After the game the call was upgraded to a flagrant 2 by Association officials, which means Bynum should have been ejected during the game. He was not, however, suspended for the Lakers for future games. Which is a dubious ruling. It was Byum's third flagrant foul point of the season. Many felt (rightly so) that he should have recieved a one-game or two-game suspension. But, he didn't. Bynum was allowed to suit up during the Lakers next two games. The first was against the T-Wolves. The second was against the Grizzlies. It seemed unfair.

But during the Grizzlies game Bynum was felled by his own teammate. Kobe Bryant careened into Bynum on a drive to the hoop and landed on Bynum's knee. The first report was that Bynum sprained his left knee. More tests were to come as Bynum had to be helped from the court and it took him some time before he could put any weight on his lame leg. It's still unclear how long Bynum will be out, but it is clear that he won't be in the lineup when the Lakers take the floor against the Knicks on Monday night.

Now, I'm not saying that this was karma. But, I sure ain't saying that it wasn't.
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