Who knew that a seven-footer in the middle of his sixth season in the NBA could be so immature?
Apparently Andrew Bynum is having trouble growing up. The Lakers center was ejected on Friday night in the fourth quarter of his team’s game against the Houston Rockets.
After the ejection, the Rockets were able to take control and leave Los Angeles with a 112-107 victory.
Bynum was told to leave the court after he picked up his second technical foul with 11:17 left in the game. He got the ball in the low post, scored on a hook shot, and decided the next best thing to do was to turn toward the Rockets bench and talk trash.
He earned his first technical foul with 1:18 left in the third quarter following a foul by the Rockets’ Samuel Dalembert.
“It would be good to have him on the floor and help us win games,” Lakers’ Pau Gasol said after the game. “He’s just got to find a way to make sure he can help the team any way he can. And to do that, he has to stay in the game. He’s a great guy. He’s a good person and he’s got a great heart. But I’m not him, I’m not inside him, and I don’t know what goes on all the time in his mind.”
Said Lakers coach Mike Brown: “I’m disappointed because we told him [before the start of the fourth quarter], ‘You’ve got one technical, don’t pick up your second,'” the Los Angeles Times reported. “He acknowledged us and went out and picked up his second when I thought he could have helped us to win the ballgame.”
This wasn’t the first time the Rockets were aided by Bynum’s erratic behavior.
Back in March, the center was ejected in the third quarter, and the Rockets ended up winning that game 107-104.
-With Associated Press