ESPN: Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum’s foul on Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace in Tuesday night’s game has been upgraded from a Flagrant-1 to the more serious Flagrant-2 violation, the Lakers learned from the NBA on Thursday.
Wallace suffered a cracked rib and partially collapsed lung as a result of the collision. He left Staples Center on a stretcher and was taken to Centinela Hospital. Bynum told the Los Angeles Daily News on Thursday he called Wallace’s cell phone and left a message.
“I didn’t try to hurt him,” Bynum told the Daily News. “His momentum was great, and if you look at the play, once he hit me I kind of spun around because I didn’t know he was coming that fast.
“I wish him the best of luck and hope that he recovers.”