NBA, Video / Mar 21, 2011 / 1:15 pm

Kobe Bryant On Andrew Bynum’s Flagrant Foul: “I’m Proud Of Him”

In case you missed it, Andrew Bynum was suspended for two games without pay for his flagrant foul against Michael Beasley on Friday night at the Staples Center. But according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, the NBA actually considered suspending Bynum for three games. When asked how he felt, Kobe Bryant said, “I’m proud of him. He earned his stripes.” Check out the play below and read what Stu Jackson, the NBA’s Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, had to say about it.

“It was not a basketball play,” Jackson said in a phone interview with The Times. “There was a chance for Bynum to make a basketball play, but he led with his forearm on a play that was both dangerous and reckless because the player, [Michael] Beasley, was vulnerable in the air with no defense. The result of all of this was Beasley was injured and had to leave the game.

“We considered even going with three games, but we felt two was warranted here.”

What do you think? Was two games enough? Was two games too much?

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  • Al

    All the big guys on the Lakers are still soft.

  • north

    cheap shots don’t make you tough, they make you stupid. Bynum is one of the biggest wastes of potential out there. Go ahead Laker fans, hate on me.

  • beiber newz

    elephant in the room ALERT

    i really been wondering what’s been said between kobe and bynum about the infamous ‘SHIP HIS ASS OUT VIDEO’

    how did they kiss and make up??

    thank goodness kupchak did not trade him for the aging j.kidd

    GM Mitch Kupchak told Lakers.com. : There’s no player in the league for whom the Los Angeles Lakers would trade Andrew Bynum, as long as Bynum is able to stay healthy and maintain his current high level of play….

    so happy he’s going to be a laker for a long time. ef u boston !! ef u san antonio suck my bawls fake contenders!!

  • http://www.dimemag.com panchitoooo

    should’ve been a no call

  • nizzio

    I’m sure Kupchak would trade him for Dwight Howard in a heartbeat

  • tkane

    Im sure Beasley had been running his stupid mouth all game long. What now. How were the results of your MRI? HA HA what a joke. Andrew may be soft but it sure looked like Beasley lost in that collision. I’m sure this is the first of many T’s for Drew. We just need to make sure he’s using them during the playoffs and not some 3 tier d league team. Purple & Gold 4 life.

  • Ric Hardwood

    maaan… anyone can cheapshot someone in the air… that’s cowardly…nothing to be proud of. Now if he made a play for the ball then I would give him props.

  • SoulChorea


    “Stay healthy” is the key. But yeah, not to say you should definitely push dudes mid-air like that, but it definitely helps your cause when your post guys try to send a message that you can’t just coast in the lane for highlight dunks all the time. Same thing that happened to Blake…these high flyin’ cats are getting spoiled thinking they can just raise up as high as they possibly can on anyone they want, with no consequence. That mess is weak

  • SoulChorea

    I didn’t mean that whole message to be @beiber; just the first sentence.

  • MTX

    Maybe he was proud of him too when he caused a fractured rib and a collapsed lung on Gerald wallace

  • K Dizzle

    As a Laker fan, I’m ok with the suspension. AND I like Kobe havin his teammate’s back. Back in the day, the Pistons fouled like this regularly and that got em back-to-back chips. I like the mean streak. Beasley think he just gonna come in baseline, in a tie game, and just crush one? He’ll think about it next time….and so will anybody else attackin the hoop.
    Enjoy your break, AB lol

  • WestCoast

    I bet you Wolves assistant coach Bill Laimbeer didn’t have a problem with it.

  • AP

    Should have suspended him for the season.

  • Promoman

    Andrew’s ass needed 3-5 games for that shit. We all remember when karma came calling for Andrew when he did that dirty foul on Gerald Wallace. I wonder what she’s got for that ass this time around.

  • SD

    Great message Kobe….The little kids who look up to you will follow it. Are you kidding me, risking the potential of someone getting hurt for a beasley 2pts!!!

  • jdizzle

    And people wonder why there are so many people that hate the Lakers…

    The real question is why the hell would you commit a flagrant 2 in the 4th quarter in a tie game with a little over 6 minutes to go? Pointless.

  • Jason

    Fuck Bynum. I hope he gets his comeuppance when he returns.

  • beiber newz

    dwight: more athletic, faster, durable
    bynum: bigger, stronger, mor post moves, better free thro %, younger

    dwight…sells mor tix

    bynum production is insane for never averaging 30 min n gettin basically double doubles.

    in time. time will tell, who really knows.

    but i will say this 4 sure that every1 witout bias and wit bball knowledge, bynum will b an all star within the next couple-few yrs witout a doubt

  • The Real

    Bynum has 2 rings and is about to get 3. Howard has none and won’t get any as long as he is in Orlando. You people act like you have to put up dominant numbers to be important. He has Kobe and Pau to do the heavy scoring. Phil has given him a job to do and he is doing it. The dude is 23 years old and finally playing a good amount of a season without injury. For what he has been through, Bynum is still on pace to be a great center. Kendrick Perkins does the same thing and he was healthy garbage. No one says nothing.

    Bynum will have atleast 4 rings when he retires and be a part of one of the best teams in NBA history. Dwight Howard will be only a distant memory if he doesn’t get at least 2 rings. Don’t believe me…..ask Bernard King, Yao Ming, Chris Bosh, Dominique, Charles Barkley, Larry Johnson, Patrick Ewing or Reggie Miller.

    It don’t mean a thing if you “ain’t” got that ring.

  • http://bt.davka.info/ SparkyJ23

    Yep you be proud of him Kobe.
    Wait till EVERYONE puts you on your ass all playoffs long and not one of your bitch-ass punks does anything about it.

  • http://yahoo.com Don Vigil

    hey this is what happens when you get hacked all year long and the ref swallows the whistle….SHAQ used to get the same crap….just because your big doesn’t mean you should be able to keep getting hacked…..next time do your damn jobs and call the blatant fouls when DREW is underneath so you can prevent something like this from happening….otherwise if your hack and call it defense be ready for another one of these.


    Laker haters can kiss my A@@. Must say it was not a clean play, but the truth is Lakers are the best since the all-star break. And will three peat. Truth hurts. Thank you Lakers and F&#K Boston good day!!

  • RC

    I hope the Lakers meet the Thunder in the playoffs and Perkins hit Kobe in the air like that. Lets see if Kobe is gonna be proud of Perkins if that happens LOL. Kobe aint no tough guy he whines a lot at the refs even with no contact.

  • Krayzie

    Its not even close between Dwight and Bynum, cmon now!

    Look at the numbers and production, Bynum will never play a full 82, ever!

    And the only reason he would make the ASG in the West is cuz they have no other real centers. I thought Nene should have made it this year.

    Bynum is 7ft and thats it, no game what so ever….just size! If he was LA’s only 7 footer, they wouldnt make it past the 2nd round….

  • LakeShow84

    Our big men our soft???

    Funny because i hear a bunch of whining in all these posts above me..

    Keep the crying down would u please women????

    And believe it or not that foul right there actually did send a message.. and like Kobe said..

    Im proud of him.. he got those dont bring that shit in here stripes..

    You wanna blame someone blame the rules for allowing bullshit fouls on minimal contact around the rim.. Most players dont even know how to TAKE contact nowadays but yet they throwing themselves into the paint like they lease the shit.. Well if thats the case

    Watch out whose cookin in the kitchen bitches

  • LakeShow84

    LMAO @ Bynum is just big with no game what so ever

    I can tell you watch basketball lmaooooooooo

  • Mark

    Bynum looked pretty weak during that flagrant. Looking like Kyle Korver playing defense weak (google kyle korver defense).

  • beiber newz

    lakeshow84…haters come from far and wide… how can the guy that put odom on the bench have any game? why doesnt kupchak just sign shawn bradley right now. he’s taller than bynum. i mean, if all LA is looking for is size and no game then bradley would be much better than bynum.

  • Iknowmylakers

    2 time champ Drew beat center on the west coast….he have to make that move on fools these days he owns the paint…

  • http://Dimemag.com APA

    All you Laker haters are weak! All of you would love Bynum on you weak ass teams. REAL B-Ball was played with this style. The Bad Boys, McHale clothes lining Rambis, Lambeer and Mahorn crushing fools, even Patrick Ewing, Barkley and Shaq at one time fought it out. They NEVER let some high flying dunk happen if they could stop it. That is why Jordan became famous. He threw down on big men like Ewing and Robinson, Mutumbo and Shaq. You do not let some weak ass punk posterize you! All you young bucks need to get on YouTube and watch the 80’s lakers vs the Celtics & Pistons! Watch These men dominate the paint like it is supposed to be dominated!
    BTW Kobe ain’t scared to be hit, it will only piss him off and ensure a three peat. As a Laker fan I love to see the other team try to work him over. I laugh every time because you gonna get bit by the Black Mamba! Keep up the great work Bynum!

  • jzsmoove

    this is some weak shit. when i saw the title i got excited for bynum and i was expecting some Charles oakley-type of flagrant. i wanted to see a grown man flagrant foul, not some cheap shit. i still like bynum’s game but this flagrant was pointless and immature.

  • Ben

    Kobe’s proud of Bynum for a very dangerous, punk-ass flagrant foul? Let’s see him saw that when his neck gets broken by Shaq or Raja Bell. If you condone violence, don’t complain when it happens to you.

  • Ben

    Then there’s Odom whose never been in a fight in his life but he wants to act tough with his little stare down to impress his fat wife Kardashian. Then Barnes tried to act tough to but he looks as frail as a toothpick with tattoos.

  • derik

    Karma is a bitch, Bynum is gonna get injured again soon

  • the cynic

    Bynum has a history of cheap shots; he basically dishes one out whenever he decides not to rotate, though he usually doesn’t make it so blatant

  • bigger_dady

    okay, im not a laker nor a twolves fan but that foul was clearly a dirty play, not actualy qualify as a cheap shot as bynum really wanted to injure beasley on that one.

    Yes – NBA may be as soft as hell nowadays but obviously this foul could have a more long-term effect on beasley as his fall was as dangerous as hell.

  • that dude

    If he did that to Lebron he would have got suspeneded for the rest of the regular season. The NBA are such hypocrites.

  • SJ

    Kobe is a punk ass for that comment. How can you be proud of a player for intentionally injuring another player? I will laugh when the Lakers have a first round exit from the playoffs.

    Two games really is not enough for what Bynum did, but I’ve seen worse ‘fouls’ get less punishment.

  • superfreak

    lol so many laker dick suckers on this site..


    I’m not a Laker hater, but how did you get that Bynum is bigger and stronger than Dwight?

  • beiber newz

    well i’m not super sure of the strength. you’re right…i’m going based off insticnts and wat i’ve seen which i shouldn’t.

    the bigger part is true. bynum is 7’ft
    dwight is 6’11

    bynum is 285 pounds…dwight is 265

    however, i do not know who has more body fat. dwight culd just as well have .000000001 body fat and be all muscle.

    but the main reason i said he was stronger was becuz of bynum’s size advantage AND the fact that bynum has always played CENTER. dwight howard was a POWER FORWARD when he entered the league.

    but eh..strength comes and goes. today one man can be stronger than the next man then slack off and be weaker than a princess the next day.