March 4, 2012 Leave a comment
With about eight minutes left in the third quarter on Sunday’s annual NBA All-Star Game, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant got a quick step on Miami Heat’s guard Dwyane Wade when Wade then who was trailing behind Bryant wrapped Bryant up and while doing that his arm swiped across the bridge of Bryant’s nose resulting in a broken nose as well as a concussion for Kobe Bryant.
Bryant wasn’t asked about the incident after the game however Wade was.
“I don’t know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and [apologize],” Wade said. “Like I said, I sent my apologies to Kobe, and I move on from it.”
Many players, fans, and spectators saw the foul that Wade inflicted on Bryant as “un-called for,” “outrageous,” “never should’ve happened,” and other things along those lines.
Now after the game Wade also said that the foul on Bryant was completely un-intentional.
“He knows it’s no ill intent on me to do that,” Wade said. “Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome.”
Though despite Wade saying that his foul on Bryant was un-intentional or not, many spectators and other people very close to the game have been saying that the Lakers players will respond.
“If they’re gonna let our star players continue to get beat up,” Lakers guard Matt Barnes said, referencing not just the Wade foul but the one delivered by Brendan Haywood to Pau Gasol Feb. 22 in Dallas,” we’re going to have to step up.”
Now what Barnes meant by his comment of “stepping up,” he didn’t make clear though, one could speculate what he meant by pretty much saying that they’re going to respond to Wade’s hard hit, with another hit right back.
Now the Lakers have history of stepping up to teams with hard blows for instance, game four of the NBA playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and themselves when not only center Andrew Bynum delivered a hard elbow to Mavericks guard J.J. Barea who was coming down the lane but, forward Lamar Odom who delivered a hard hit to Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki as well.
So guard Matt Barnes who states Metta World Peace as the enforcer and he as Metta’s side kick, plan to take care of business for their team today against the Miami Heat however, center Andrew Bynum does not.
“I can’t do anything about [it],” Bynum said after the Lakers’ shoot-around on Saturday. “If I do anything, they’re going to definitely hit me [with punishment]. It sucks. It’s not good. It’s just unfortunate and something we got to deal with.”
The “they” that Bynum was referring to was the NBA’s league office who would for sure punish Bynum as this wouldn’t be his first nor second instance as he already suffered a four game suspension that was enforced at the beginning of the season for two incidents with Minnesota Timberwolves Michael Beasley and at the time Dallas Mavericks J.J. Barea.
“I got two (targets on me),” Bynum said. “I got Beasley, I got Barea and people blame me for the Gerald Wallace incident, but I didn’t do anything in that particular one.”
Though, that doesn’t mean that Bynum plans on backing down from the Heat today either.
“I still play hard. If I have to foul, I have to foul. That’s part of the game,” Bynum said. “I can’t do anything extra, obviously. No elbows. Nothing that looks crazy.”
Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, 3:30 Eastern Time on ABC: Don’t miss it.