I'm on the record as being wistful for the days where hard fouls were part of the game. But if you're going to foul someone hard, you gotta do it the right way.
What Andrew Bynum did last night was not doing it the right way. Bynum made no attempt at the ball. Instead, he flies full speed into him with a WWE style elbow… a play that is designed to do one thing and one thing only: hurt Michael Beasley.
I get it, Drew… Super Cool Beas was lighting you up and you wanted to send a message. We've all been there. So you go for the ball and you get him with the body. You're 7 feet tall and almost 300 pounds. He'll get the message.
That was a dirty play. He got tossed for it and he deserves a suspension. And the thing is… he's been playing great lately. If he keeps playing like he has for the rest of the season… LA is going to be tough to beat. Really tough. He's playing that well.
But clearly, he's still immature. He's not even 25 yet and sometimes that youth shows itself in ways like this. That's how he's going to end up hurting the Lakers the most. Well, that and his inevitable annual season-ending knee injury.