Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum was given a two-game suspension Sunday by the NBA for his flagrant foul on Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley on Friday night at Staples Center.
Beasley learned of Bynum's suspension before the Wolves' 127-95 loss to Sacramento on Sunday at Target Center but had a moderate reaction to the league's disciplinary action and to Bynum's apologetic text.
Beasley said Bynum sent him a text Saturday morning to apologize for the hard foul that sent him crashing to the floor late in the fourth quarter and left him with a sore hip. Bynum was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 penalty, which results in a fine and automatic ejection.
"I didn't need a text from him, but I commend him for apologizing," Beasley said. "The game goes that way sometimes. I didn't respond to the text."
As for the league action against Bynum, which cost him $334,146 of his $13.7 million salary this season, Beasley said it "didn't matter" to him.
"They're trying to get ready for the playoffs," Beasley said of the Lakers. "That's the kind of basketball they have to play this time of the season. I don't know if it was intentional or not, but it hurt."
X-rays on Beasley's left hip were negative, but he was not at full strength during Sunday's game.
He played only 15 minutes and finished with 13 points on 3-for-8 shooting and one rebound. He also had difficulty defending reserve swingman Donte Green, who made three of the Kings' 11 three-pointers.
Andrew Bynum gets two-game suspension for hit on Timberwolves' Michael Beasley
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