The Lakers beat the Warriors Tuesday night, but Andrew Bynum spent most of the second half on the bench. All because of this three-pointer early in the third quarter.
Brown subbed Bynum out of the game shortly thereafter, putting in Josh McRoberts with 9:33 remaining in the third and not playing Bynum the rest of the quarter. Bynum started the fourth quarter but played just the first three minutes, going 0-for-3 from the field (including missing a 12-foot turnaround jump shot) and 1-for-2 from the foul line before being kept out for the final 9:10 of the game.
"I made one (Sunday), and I felt good about it, shot it; he took me out for it," Bynum said, referring to the three-pointer he made from the top of the key at the end of the Lakers' 102-96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. It was the first successful three-pointer of his career. "I don't know what was bench-worthy about the shot, to be honest with you. I made one (against Memphis), and I wanted to make another one. I swear. That's it. I guess (Brown) took offense to it, so he put me on the bench."
Nobody's defending Bynum's stupid shot selection, but A) it was only one play, and B) this comes just a few days after Brown benched Kobe. Which ... Well, anytime you can alienate your two best players in the span of one week, you know you're on the right track. Right? Right???
God I love the Mike Brown era.
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