EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has no plans to seek retaliation against Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade on Sunday after Wade broke Kobe Bryant's nose and gave him a concussion in the All-Star game.
Bynum's reasoning: He can't afford to risk another lengthy suspension after the NBA sat him for the first four games of this season for his flagrant foul on former Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea in last season's playoffs. Bynum also was suspended two games last season for a flagrant foul on Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley. Three years ago, a flagrant foul from Bynum sent Gerald Wallace to the hospital with a cracked rib and a partially collapsed lung.
“I can’t do anything about it,” said Bynum, who lost about $750,000 from his two suspensions. “If I do anything they’re going to definitely hit me. It sucks. It’s not good. It’s unfortunate. It’s something we got to deal with. I got Beasley, I got Barea and people blame me for the Gerald Wallace incident.”
Lakers coach Mike Brown said he isn’t worried about his players retaliating against the Heat. Forward Josh McRoberts leads the Lakers in flagrant fouls with two this season.
Bryant didn't participate in the Lakers' shootaround Saturday. Brown said he expects him to continue wearing his protective mask in Sunday's game.
“He’s fine," Brown said. "He’s been efficient for us. That’s all you can ask for."
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