Mike Brown has turned into a benching machine lately. First, he benched Kobe Bryant on Sunday which he doesn’t regret one bit and last night, he unleashed his benching powers on Andrew Bynum.
With 10:05 left in the 3rd quarter of the Lakers’ 104-101 win over the Warriors, Bynum found himself with the ball at the top of the key. And instead of passing it, as he probably should always do, Bynum launched a three pointer that predictably he missed.
The next thing he knows, Josh McRoberts is coming in to take his place in the lineup and he’s stuck on the bench for the rest of the quarter.
But did that shake Bynum?
“I made one [Sunday], and I felt good about it, shot it; he took me out for it,” Bynum said, referring to the 3-pointer he made from the top of the key at the end of the game in the Lakers’ 102-96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. It was the first successful 3-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.”
“That’s something that I felt could have taken us out of rhythm, and so that’s why I took him out of the game,” Brown said. “I brought him back for a little bit and then I took him out again and I just felt it was best to go with the group that we had out there.”
Bynum did not join his teammates in huddles during several timeouts in the fourth quarter, instead staying in his seat toward the end of the bench by himself.
“He took me out of the game, so I just sat where he put me,” Bynum said.
“I guess, ‘Don’t take 3s’ is the message, but I’m going to take another one and I’m going to take some more, so I just hope it’s not the same result,” Bynum said. “Hopefully I make it.”
Poor Mike Brown. The man is quickly losing control of this Lakers team.