Earlier this week, Matt Barnes declared Metta World Peace the Lakers' enforcer, and himself the enforcer's sidekick. If that's the case, then Andrew Bynum is the guy who just got out on parole and has to stay out of trouble.
I anticipate Sunday's game against Miami will be hard nosed and physical, but don't believe there will be any shenanigans in connection to the hard foul put on Kobe Bryant by Dwyane Wade in last weekend's All-Star Game. If I'm wrong, though, it likely won't be Bynum delivering the blow. As ESPNLA's Dave McMenamin reports, L.A.'s young center knows the NBA is watching this game -- and him -- closely:
"I can't do anything about (it)," Bynum said after the Lakers' shootaround on Saturday. "If I do anything, they're going to definitely hit me (with punishment). It sucks. It's not good. It's just unfortunate and something we got to deal with." By "they," Bynum was referring to the league office that suspended the 24-year-old two games last season and four games to start this season for hard fouls on the Minnesota Timberwolves' Michael Beasley and J.J. Barea, then with the Dallas Mavericks. "I got two (targets on me)," Bynum said. "I got Beasley, I got Barea and people blame me for the Gerald Wallace incident, but I didn't do anything in that particular one."
Barnes and World Peace are also under the microscope, Bynum said (Leaving, who, Andrew Goudelock to lay down the law?). Still, he said today the extra attention doesn't impact his play. "I still play hard. If I have to foul, I have to foul. That's part of the game... I can't do anything extra, obviously. No elbows. Nothing that looks crazy."
On the other hand, "You got to be conscious of it at this point, I mean, $750,000!"
That would be the amount of money (give or take) he's lost in salary thanks to suspension.