Andrew Bynum may be having an All-Star season, but the 24 year old center has had a very forgettable couple of weeks for the Purple and Gold. And now, he’s reportedly paying for it. Due to Bynum’s recent actions/comments, he has been fined an undisclosed amount for “numerous infranctions” by the Lakers organization, according to ESPN Los Angeles.
Bynum was benched in the 3rd quarter of the Lakers 104-101 victory in Golden State last week attempting a 3 pointer early in the offensive possession and when prodded about it by the local media about the attempt, his response was: “I guess don’t take 3’s is the message. But i’m going to take some more.” Bynum followed up those comments by saying “I don’t take part in huddles”, when the media inquired what the mood in the team huddles were when Kobe Bryant was struggling during the Lakers’ 88-85 win over New Orleans on Saturday afternoon.
This reported fine comes on the heels of an earlier report that many in the Lakers organization haven’t been pleased with Bynum’s actions over the last few weeks. Bynum will be held out of tonight’s contest against New Jersey to rest the ankle he injured in Sunday’s contest against Golden State, however this situation bears monitoring as Mike Brown and his coaching staff gear up for their first playoff run with the Purple and Gold.