It happened with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter of last night’s game. The Los Angeles Lakers were taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves. That’s when Andrew Bynum leveled Michael Beasley with a vicious elbow to the chest.
Bynum was clearly not going for the ball. He was sending a message. Beasley fell hard on his hip and later had to leave the game.
Andrew was hit with a flagrant 2 and was tossed out of the game. (He will most likely get suspended for one game by the league for that.) Even though he got himself ejected in a close game the Lakers had to win, I loved the foul. It reminded me of the way basketball was played when I was a kid.
I remember the Bad Boys of the Detroit Pistons with Dennis Rodman and Bill Laimbeer. I remember watching the New York Knicks fight with every team they played. One of the most iconic clips in Laker history is Kevin McHale clothes lining Kurt Rambis. It was a time when flagrant fouls were called “hard fouls.” And it was an accepted practice. It was a great time in the NBA.
So, why the walk down Memory Lane?
Andrew Bynum is playing vintage NBA basketball. He is dominating like the big men of old. And he has that mean streak. I’m sure u remember Dikembe Mutombo’s wagging finger every time he swatted a weak shot into the third row. Remember Patrick Ewing knocking every one to the floor if they dared to come into the paint. That is where Bynum is headed. I call it the Beast Zone.
And I love it! As a Laker fan, you should love it, too.
Andrew has been playing like a man on fire since the All-Star break. He has been averaging 11 points, 13 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game since then. That includes five double-doubles in a row.
The fact that Bynum has been injury free this season and he is playing at his best heading into the playoffs should bring a smile to all Laker fans out there.
I truly believe that Andrew Bynum is the key to a Laker ThreePeat. If he continues to play at this level. I’m going to make plans to be at Staples Center in June to watch the parade.