EL SEGUNDO (AP) — Lakers center 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 Mavericks in Game 4.
The NBA also fined Bynum $25,000 for ripping off his jersey while heading to the locker room.
Bynum hit Barea with an elbow while the Dallas guard drove to the basket in the fourth quarter. Barea wasn’t seriously hurt, but stayed on the court for an extended time.
Bynum expressed remorse for his actions Tuesday, saying his actions were terrible and unacceptable.
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