Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Bynum suspended for hit on Beasley

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves pre-game Updated: March 20, 2011 - 2:09 PM

Greetings. Youngblood here, with Jerry getting some much-needed time off after that marathon trip the Wolves just completed.

 

Just wanted to get at you quickly before today's matinee with the Kings. The news:

Lakers center Andrew  Bynum got a two-game suspension for the hit, which happened with 6:16 left in the Wolves' game with the Lakers Friday. The game was tied when it happened. Bynum was ejected from the game and Beasley did not return due to a sore left hip.

After the game Wolves coach Kurt Rambis, not having seen the play from a good angle and not having seen a replay, didn't criticize the hit. But today, meeting with the press before the game, Rambis said that, after seeing the replay from a different angle, he was definitely a "non-basketball'' play. Rambis said this before word of the suspension came down, so I'll get more after the game.

Beasley didn't have a whole lot more to say about the hit, or the suspension. Just a reiteration of the "that's basketball" comment he gave Jerry. He did say that Bynum texted him on Saturday to apologize. Beasley said he appreciated that, but didn't think it was necessary and added that he did not respond to the text.

Did he think the suspension was appropriate? "I don't' know," Beasley said.  "I mean, if it was intentional, I guess. But, I really don't care."

Beasley said that, after further review, the hit might have been intentional. One thing is certain: "It hurt, I'll tell you that much," Beasley said, pressing on his left hip. "I'm going to give it a shot. It's still sore. Sharp pain. Hopefully I didn't do anything serious."

Beasley said that, in Bynum's text, the Lakers center said he was frustrated and seeing red before the play happened.

"I didn't respond. I didn't replay," Beasley said. "I feel like I didn't need a text. ... I didn't need an apology. It's basketball. (But) I comment him for apologizing. ... But, like I said, it's basketball. It was a hard playoff foul. They're getting ready to try to win a championship. That's the kind of basketball they have to play."

Meanwhile, Beasley has yet another lingering pain to deal with. He's dealt with a sore left hip before. And he's had constant problems with his left ankle. "My whole left side has been terrible this year," Beasley said. 

 

That's about it for now. I'll get back to you after the game.

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