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Lakers' Andrew Bynum, Devin Ebanks fined by NBA

May 16, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Andrew Bynum will pay the price for missing an interview session with reporters.
Andrew Bynum will pay the price for missing an interview session with reporters. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Lakers center Andrew Bynum has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for skipping an interview session with reporters after Tuesday's practice.

Players are supposed to make themselves available to media members after practices and games.

Also, Lakers forward Devin Ebanks was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his actions Monday after getting ejected late in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against Oklahoma City. Ebanks kicked a chair on the Lakers' bench and yanked off his jersey as he disappeared into a tunnel toward the locker room.

Bynum took the rare step of talking to reporters after the team's Wednesday morning shoot-around, when player interviews aren't mandatory, but it wasn't enough to save a financial hit.

"As soon as the coach said we could go [Tuesday], I bonked out on you guys," Bynum told The Times on Wednesday, suggesting that he simply forgot to talk to reporters.

Bynum had 20 points and 14 rebounds in the Lakers' 119-90 loss in Game 1. The Lakers are set to play Game 2 on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Bynum was fined about $7,500 by the Lakers in March for events stemming from an ill-advised three-point attempt early in the third quarter of a close game against Golden State.

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