Andrew Bynum has been suspended for the first five games of next season for his flagrant foul on Dallas guard J.J. Barea in Los Angeles’ final playoff game.
The NBA announced the suspension Tuesday, two days after Bynum was ejected for the foul in the two-time defending champions’ 36-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4.
With 8:21 left in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series, and the Lakers down by 32 points, Barea beat Steve Blake off the dribble, drove the lane and soared to the basket for what looked like an uncontested layup.
However, Bynum closed in and threw a right elbow into Barea’s ribs. The Mavericks’ guard flew sideways to the court and remained there writhing in pain.
Because of the incident, Bynum was expecting a suspension from the league.
“I believe I will be suspended. I don’t want to be suspended,” Bynum said earlier Tuesday.
The NBA also fined Bynum $25,000 for “removing his jersey and the manner in which he left the court.”
The infraction will cost him $702,272 overall, including the fine.
What do you think Spurs fans? Is the fine and five game suspension enough punishment for Bynum’s cheap shot? Share your thoughts.