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Andrew Bynum isn't sorry for Friday's ejection

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Lakers Coach Mike Brown laughs at the notion that Bynum should be suspended after his two technical fouls against Houston.

April 07, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan

PHOENIX -- Regrets? Andrew Bynum didn't have a few. Or any.

He didn't apologize for getting ejected from Friday's game against Houston after picking up a second technical foul with 11 minutes 17 seconds to play.

Bynum picked up his first technical after arguing what he said was a "dirty foul" by Rockets center Samuel Dalembert. His second technical was for taunting the Rockets' bench.

"No, I don't have regrets," he said Saturday. "I was ejected for something that happens every game. The [Houston] bench didn't say anything to me. I made a shot and felt like telling them about it: 'It's going to be a long night for Dalembert.'"

Bynum didn't speak to reporters until a day after getting ejected in the Lakers' 112-107 loss.

"I've been ejected I think three times in my entire seven-year career," he said. "I don't think that's that bad."

He admitted he needed to find a balance between a feisty demeanor and being detrimental to the team.

"It's just about not getting too frustrated and really finding a peaceful place," he said. "I feel good about my game, and I'm confident."

His teammates have said patience is needed with the 24-year-old's recent outbursts. Lakers Coach Mike Brown seems to think so too. He laughed at the logic that a player who gets two technical fouls should be suspended.

"I think if it's a problem or it gets out of hand, a guy gets kicked out multiple times, then maybe," Brown said. "But he doesn't even lead our team in technicals. Do I suspend him when he's maybe fourth or fifth on our team in technicals? I don't know if that makes sense."

Bynum is actually second on the team, collecting six technical fouls. Kobe Bryant has nine. If a player gets 13 this season, he is suspended for a game.

"Obviously you talk to him about it, but you take him in stride," Brown said. "That's part of the course of the season, in my opinion. You hope it doesn't happen because we need everybody to be there on the sidelines, and obviously we needed Andrew [Friday] night Hopefully it doesn't happen again."

He loves L.A.

Shannon Brown is still asked about his Lakers days, even in Phoenix.

"That's all I hear, man," he said. "'Why'd you leave the Lakers?' or 'Are you happy to be here?' or 'Do you miss the Lakers?'"

The Lakers miss him. They haven't had a true shooting guard to back up Bryant since Brown signed a one-year contract with Phoenix in December.

They tried Jason Kapono and rookie Andrew Goudelock, but it didn't work. They've also used small forwards Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes.

Brown, 26, averaged 8.7 points last season and, of greater importance, a serviceable 19.1 minutes a game as Bryant's backup. He played all 82 regular-season games two years in a row for the Lakers. He scored 24 points Saturday against the Lakers, making four of eight three-point shots.

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