OKLAHOMA CITY — Andrew Bynum skipped Tuesday’ afternoon’s media session and was fined $15,000 by the NBA for skipping out the moment the Lakers’ practice ended. He made up for it by speaking after Wednesday’s morning shootaround. The 7-foot Bynum has stopped speaking to reporters before games.
Devin Ebanks received a $25,000 fine from the league for what the NBA said were his “actions prior to and following his ejection” from the Lakers’ 29-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 on Monday night. Ebanks was ejected for shoving the Thunder’s Royal Ivey during a minor scuffle on the court and then punched a chair on the Lakers’ bench and removed his jersey as he went to the locker room.
Stu Jackson, the NBA’s punishment czar, has been busy handing out fines and suspensions to the Lakers lately. Metta World Peace got things going with an elbow to the head of Oklahoma City’s James Harden in an April 22 game at Staples Center, drawing a seven-game suspension from the league.
Earlier in the season, Lakers coach Mike Brown was suspended for one game for making contact with referee Zach Zarba during a game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. Brown blamed himself for the ejection and has been unwilling to criticize his players for their transgressions because of his own suspension.