Not OK: Andrew Bynum forearm shivers

These hurt… a lot.

Bynum has a reputation as a contemplative, thinking player. How do we square that with the following unnerving videos?

January 27, 2009 against Gerald Wallace

March 18, 2011 against Michael Beasely

May 8, 2011 against Jose Jose Barea

What’s an appropriate punishment for Bynum on his third offense? All three of these plays are not just hard fouls, they have the capacity to seriously injure the victim, especially in the case of Barea, who wasn’t even still going up when the 7-foot, 280-pound Bynum drove his forearm into the 6-foot (there’s no way) 175-pound guard and dropped him like a shotgun-blasted bird.

What’s worse is that after each dirty hit, Bynum doesn’t exactly appear to be contrite.

Ethan thinks 20 games would be appropriate. For Bynum, that’s about 1/4th the season, and equivalent to $3,696,991.97 of his 2011-12 salary. Sounds like lot. But compared to what another victim could lose from a career-ending injury, is it?

Too much? Too little?

Put it in the comments…

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