Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 at 5:11 pm  |  106 responses

Crash Has A Collapsed Lung, Broken Rib

by Ryne Nelson

Let’s go straight to the incident:

A few points need to be made about this play. First, it was a tough collision and a strong move to the cup. It’s definitely sad to hear Wallace had to be brought to the hospital. This from Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer:

According to the team, Wallace lost 30-40 percent of the capacity in his left lung. He also suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fifth rib on his left side.

Doctors at Centinela Hospital inserted a tube in Wallace’s lung to help restore functional capacity. Wallace will spend at least Wednesday night in the hospital. Doctors do not anticipate releasing him before late Thursday.

Second, Crash is one of the most injury prone players in the League. Don’t sleep on the fact that he’s played over 55 games in just three seasons. Now consider that he’s he’s missed only four games all year…an injury, of any magnitude, was nigh.

A cracked rib isn’t something to laugh at, but it actually is a relief considering Wallace’s four concussions during his first four seasons with the Bobcats. Another concussion likely will be fatal.

Another point: It could be just me, but the entire Bobcats team needs to be put on blast. I feel almost guilty for doing this right after they went into L.A. and beat the Lakers, but it needs to be done. No legit team lets a man get KO’d with no response. Weak!

Lastly, a suspension for Bynum is not necessary. By no means did it seem malicious or as powerful as this. If it wasn’t called a Flagrant II or resulted in an ejection, a suspension shouldn’t even be considered.

Hat-tip to BETCATS, natch.

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  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    wow. That sucks. props on BETCATS for tipping off good ol’ Ryne

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Yes, thanks BET. And sorry about being so late on the uptake.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com nbk

    that was such a brutal foul so much worse then people are making it out to be

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Ryne, as the old, overused phrase goes- better late than never :) haha, but on a serious note, how will a punctured lung affect his future. I mean a bone is a bone but dropping a lung like that is no joke

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Ryne, thank you for finally posting this. I dont know, maybe its the mother inside the man i am, but i feel a mid-air foul that was not a play on the ball that caused all this merits 1-2 games off. Also like you said, another concussion will likely be fatal. Now that he has lost lung capacity, i dont see Wallace being the same ever again. Dude is my favorite player on my favorite team, so you can call me a pessimistic opinionator/comment maker, but Threat of Concussion killing him + Threat of another lung collapse if bumped in the chest = Career in jeopardy.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS


  • Bro. D.

    Definitely merits a couple of games suspension for Bynum. Dude was nowhere near the ball. I don’t about the “next concussion will be fatal” thing, seems like we’d have a lot more dead boxers and MMA’ers if that were the case.

  • Bro. D.

    *know, dammit

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    I don’t know. BETCATS, I just don’t think that not going for the ball means automatic suspension. I do think it merits a Flagrant 1 foul, but not a flagrant 2 or a suspension. I mean to be honest, it isn’t Bynum’s fault that crash has injury problems or had a collapsed lung- many players fall hard to the deck, very few get serious injuries like that. I don’t think he meant injury on crash. I do think he meant to have a statement foul. and there is a difference bro.

  • Dallas J

    dirty as hell. Bynum made SURE that elbow was gonna stick him.

  • Bro. D.

    Uh, yeah Wallace is injury prone but you guys make it sound like his ribs are made of balsa wood. An elbow strong enough to break ANY BODY’s rib and lung is malicious, intentional or not.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Justin not going for the on the ground/preparing for take off does not merit anything. In air is a whole lot more dangerous, Gerald Wallace would not have a tube in his body if it wasnt, a suspension would send the message that in air off the ball fouls are not okay.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    *not going for the ball

  • Bro. D.

    That rib was probably connected to his sternum at least with cartilage, a mid-rib, definitely not a floating rib which are the lowest on the rib cage and the easiest to break.

  • md

    Thats the kinda foul that pisses you of as a player not only did he not make a play on the ball he went out to hurt him by raising his elbow up he cud have held him down or taken his arms to make the play no need to raise an elbow like that ever 5 games suspension i say

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    umm malicious by definition implies intention. if he had no intention to hurt him, it’s not malicious. You he put his elbow up to make a strong, statement foul. It is deserving of a flagrant. but you guys make it seem like Bynum is Charles Oakley. Bynum not having a history of this rough play will factor in, and i doubt he gets any more than a 1 game suspension at most. I don’t say this as a laker fan, i say this as somebody who is used to seeing fouls that injure players garner a 1-2 game suspension at MOST- and if he has no prior history, no suspension.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    and BETCATS, you typed that implying that if you foul midair you are going to put a tube in someones body and break major bones, that’s categorically untrue. I am saying it is unfortunate, I am saying it was a rough foul, but I am also saying it did not seem like he went to HURT him

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Justin saying Bynum does not have a history is not true. In fact, it is a recent history. In the Cavs Lakers game Bynum gave the same type of foul on Lebron with a lesser effect

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Um, if another concussion would indeed be fatal, shouldn’t he retire? Like, yesterday? Because running around on a hardwood floor and jumping as high as you can in your underwear amongst some of the largest men on the planet doesn’t seem safe. I’m thinking another concussion could be a career-ender, but fatal? Really?

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Another concussion “fatal”? I don’t know about that one…
    Get well soon Crash.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Because knowing the way Gerald plays, he likely WILL suffer another concussion at some point, and I don’t want to see him, you know, die.

  • Bro. D.

    malevolent than. And I’ll be d*mned if Bynum wasn’t trying to HURT him.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    It was said after Gerald’s last concusion that another concusion would likely be fatal. Ryne is not pulling these ideas out of his a$$

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    it wasn’t malicious but it was reckless which is why he should get suspended

  • Jess

    that cheap and DIRTY…i think the refs have been very inconsistant on what fouls deserve flargrant 1 or 2…and I agree that there should have been some reaction from his team mates…

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Man, thats messed up about the concussion. It pains me to say it, but he may actually need to consider retirement if that’s true. And I’d suggest getting one of those body pads like Dwade has worn to protect his ribs and midsection. If he plays again… This is depressing me.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    That was way lamer than I was expecting. It was a hard foul. End of story. Sorry it ended up with an injury, but that kind of stuff happens when you take it to the rack. Put it this way- it would have been a yellow card in soccer.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    All concussions are possibly fatal. That line was pretty misleading, Ryne.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    I wouldn’t play basketball if it could kill me, but maybe that’s just me.
    And I can se Anton’s point. Sometimes being reckless is just as bad as being malicious, exhibit A: Drunk Driving.

  • awesomepossum

    wonder if this will take away Bynum’s eye of the tiger?

  • Todd Spehr

    Whether G-Wall is injury prone or not is irrelevant to that play

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I’m sure Bynum feels like sh!t right now. I’m sure he knows G-Wall was having a tough year already and now has to deal with another serious injury.

  • http://jamescleaton.ning.com jaymes

    Justin is right here, comment at 5.32 is bang on…



  • http://jamescleaton.ning.com jaymes

    Sorry Ryne, you said it all up top too.

  • Bro. D.

    I’m all for hard/statement fouls but giving someone the 5 finger death blow seems a little harsh to me.

  • Julius J. Hornswaggle IV

    It’ll be an F-II for no other reason than the result. Count on it.

  • Carl

    its official the lakers are the scum of the league a team of soft punks that take cheap shots at true hard nose ballaz like GW. that foul was sickenning not to mention the reaction by Bynun arogant.and kobe fouled Bell all night got frustrated because Bell was doing a good job denying the ball so he threw a merciful elbow that might have removed Bells head had it caught him straight im just glad the Bobcats got the wihope the lakers get whats comin to em as well.

  • http://jamescleaton.ning.com jaymes

    The resulting injury is horrible, but the foul was not all that bad IMO.

  • Bro. D.

    The reason no one on the Cats got into Bynum’s face is ’cause they’re all French or nice guys. Who on that roster is gonna get hard? Ammo? Sean May if you take away his cheeseburger?

  • Carl

    your talking garbage now how can the 4th best defensive team in the L be soft.

  • GAZ

    hahahahahahahahahaha cop that BETCUNTS!!!

  • niQ

    fcuk bynum. i just lost a LOT of respect for him.

  • GAZ

    Screw Obama… BYNUM 4 PRESIDENT!!!!!

  • http://jamescleaton.ning.com jaymes

    Rough Gaz, real rough…

  • GAZ


  • Jackie Moon

    20 years from now, us old geezers will be talking about how soft the league is now, how in 2009 guys took chops like this and it was only a 2 game suspension.

  • Sarah

    Whether he meant to hurt him or not, Bynum does need to learn that he can’t just throw his body/elbows into people like that, as big as he is. I’ve seen him do that nonchalant-but-brutal foul to a few people now. Make the effort to get up and go after the ball/wrap somebody up or give them the bucket like the lazy bastard you are.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I hate this for Gerald Wallace and hope that he has a quick recovery. Bynum does need to be more careful, but if you think that there was any malicious intent involved your wrong.

  • b rad

    during the cavs/lakers game, lebron was going baseline to the cup and bynum went for his head with both arms — same dirty move. Dude needs to sit for a bit. And maybe get punched in the face.

    And if I were on the Bobcats I’d have taken it to Bynum’s left knee. Eye for an eye, rib for a knee — it’s in the Bible.

    Finally, Ryne, just b/c I couldn’t resist, here’s a better headline:

    Bynum = Bowen 2.0

  • http://chugachugachugachuchu.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    Gaz is soooooo cute

  • uptown kid

    daaaamn…thats tuff

  • http://chugachugachugachuchu.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    Gaz is a hero. Gaz is a icon. Gaz is a international icon. Gaz is life. Gaz is air. Gaz is god in disguise of Micheal Jordan. Thanks for your wisdom. “hahahahahahahahahaha cop that BETCUNTS!!!” “Screw Obama… BYNUM 4 PRESIDENT!!!!!” 13 year olds get better and better at witting. Good job Gaz!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Bynum was trying on some dikembe mutumbo elbow technique there….I love Wallace’s nickname “crash”, suits him. And this team needs a couple of bruisers or to atleast retaliate with some straight up stance….it’s all they would need, get some of that “MJ in your face” happening. They are one ‘Ron Artest type’ away from making the playoffs. Next year this team will be my second favourite.

  • Waters1981

    The more you watch NBA games – or really any sporting event – the more often you see players put their elbows out to create space when trying to block shots or dunk (check the positioning of Brandon Roy’s elbow on his dunk over the Clipper center). I am actually amazed rib injuries are not more commonplace, but this was just a freak thing.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    i don’t think he wanted to hurt him, but it was definitely a bad play by bynum, he didn’t go for the ball and he protected HIS body by using his arms instead. He shouldn’t be playing D that way. I think he should be fined a small amount just to let him know he needs to be making basketball plays, not hockey plays, but no suspension. And who care if the refs didn’t call a flagarant, they have shown they don’t always make the correct calls

  • Gaz

    hahahahahaha he’s so fired up. You lose a lounge as well UGLY BETTY???

  • Joe A

    I think it warrants a suspension. Not just because it was a deliberate, dirty play, but if Garnett got suspended earlier this season for his little love tap on Bogut, than this deserves one.Also the other four bobcats on the floor should be suspended for not sticking up for their boy.If this happened to, say John Starks, you better believe that Oakley or Anthony Mason woul’ve knocked Bynum the f*** out.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Sarah: Shaq’s been in the league for a long @ss time and he still hasn’t learned.
    THAT’S why he shouldn’t be a damn All-Star! Compared to Al Jefferson he fricken sucks!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Get well soon, Mr. Wallace.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-Sign Joe A about the teammates part.

  • http://chugachugachugachuchu.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    Susan, am i really fired up, or are you fired up, and we all know that when Susan is fired up, she m@sterbates all over the stove. Go get messy you!

  • Andrej

    anouther dat to day for my fantasy team i wud suspend him for one game it was clear he dident go for the ball also beacuse his lung collapsed is anouther reason to suspend him

  • ClydeSays

    Oof. Hope Wallace can recover and get back to the game. That was a tough foul but Wallace has got to be one of the most injured players active players.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    THe Difference between when Shaq fouls someone and when Andrew Bynum fouls someone, Shaq tries to keep them from getting hurt. He does not take guys out of the air with his elbow to protect himself. Regardless bynum could have moved if he was scared, but he did not try at the ball at all. If he Does NOT GET Suspended then the league is a bunch of hypocrits. Especially considering Bynum needs to learn from this, Wallace is in the hospital, and is not the last guy that is going to come through the key at Andrew Bynum.

  • Waters1981

    Andrej: Just because his lung collapsed is not a reason to suspend him. To me that is the equivalency of suspending someone for having their foot landed on and causing an ankle sprain.

    If Bynum gets suspended it should be because he did not make a defensive basketball move.

  • ab_40

    i’m with joe a. on this one.

    teams don’t have those tough guys anymore. that fight for the ball and for their teammates. they didn’t even get in his face about it. It’s a damn shame.

    it’s a dirty intentional foul. not a disqualifying one but he needs a 2 game suspension.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    thats not saying Shaq does not commit questionable fouls, but nothing that can result in death or hospitalization. (foul being shaq’s fault)>…And side not if bynum did not elbow wallace and got his arm down he still might have undercut him…AND if you pause the video at 39 seconds you will see that Bynum initiated contact BEFORE Wallace left the Ground, and if that is not clear enough you can look at Bynum’s foot at the same time 39 seconds and you can see he is stepping on Wallace’s. It is a very very bad foul, intentional or not and he should be taught, (punished or not) not to do it

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    michael redd one day. then gerald wallace. fantasy gods are hating me. there goes all the talks of gerald wallace getting graded with adam morrison before deadline

  • Gaz

    hahahahaha far too easy BETTY

  • Cp34mVP

    DMA, Gerald Wallace, And Adam Morrison=Not Happening….

    Gerald, Is Just as injury prone as T-Mac is now. The dude should retire. He’s putting stress on his team, seriously. No Offense. But Yeah.. Hope he recovers soon

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    damn! Air is crackling with the angry vibe here. 300+ comments weren’t enough in “post up” to discuss all aspects of this? And the Gaz/Bets frenemy situation is mad weird.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper


  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper


  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    and yea i was yelling, big whoop, wanna fight about it?

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    Like I said tarzan at 39 seconds on the video you can clearly see Bynum initiated contact but other then that i am completely agreeing with you

  • whooo!

    nbk, did you see shaq level wallace w/ a blindside pick where he raised his shoulders/arms to lean into wallace? this was like the previous game before l.a.

  • whooo!

    though i don’t think that pick was as bad as bynum’s hit because it was on the ground, and wallace’s teammates shoulda & coulda warned him.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    Get well soon Crash. :(

  • http://myspace.com/roos_pointguard_8 Swaggalishous

    Ohhh so it was the contact with bynum that injured him;; not the fall

  • rikson

    Thats definetly a flagrant 2 to me. Why are all the people (including refs) always checking the players history. Who cares if bynum has a history of flagrants or not? Shouldnt the refs try to react on the things happening on the court? The same thing with shotblockers -> once they get the reputation theyll get the “no-calls”. I mean a foul is a foul, a block is ablock and a flagrant 2 is a flagrant 2. -> In this case, dude was just frustrated. 2 mins left and a five point def, at home against CHA -> i just thought bynum is classy guy…

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Rybe- can you ban ‘Gaz’ please? Or send him an email or something? That’s disgraceful.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    *Ryne. Apologies.

  • tom

    just imagine someone did that to kobe…

  • http://www.phxsuns.net SwingMan

    Bynum was leading with his elbow – only Laker homers can’t open their eyes enough to see that the kid was making no attempt at the damn ball.

    And Ryne, that little Detroit/Suns clip you posted above – Shaq was going for the ball against Stuckey with BOTH arms up above his head. That was incidental contact & BOTH players were up in the air. Meanwhile, Bynum couldn’t keep up & the only part that was raised was the one elbow that hit Wallace. That should go without saying, but, seeing as how at least half of Slam Online here knob slobs the Lakers to the point of sheer blind homerism, the task of having to spell it all out is obviously required…..

  • underdog

    Tarzan Cooper Posted: Jan.29 at 12:28 am:
    “GOTTA LOVE THE CLASSY LA CROWD BOOING. AND I LOST ALL RESPECT FOR EMEKA OKAFOR.” – that’s all I wanted to say. Oh, yes and the referees missed the point once again.

  • GAZ

    hahahahaha Hursty you’re even more touchy feely than UGLY BETTY. You’re as soft as butter mate, but can’t expect much more from someone who grew up in Sydney.

  • GAZ

    G-String and She-Mac injured at the same time!!! hahahaha life don’t get much sweeter than this aye Hursty ole’ bud???

  • Son of Shawn

    Get well soon Crash

  • Son of Shawn

    “… considering Wallace’s four concussions during his first four seasons with the Bobcats” and counting yesterday´s one, it makes five, but ¿How many lives the (Bob)cats have?

  • GAZ

    No wonder Kennelly decided to leave Hursty, with lil USA-loving punces like you walking the streets of Syd.

  • ab_40

    if that happened to kobe there would be a 65 game suspension for hurting david stern’s adopted son

  • Andy

    Gaz – the perfect example of what happens on the sixth concussion.

    As for Crash, he HAS to retire for the sake of his life. Didn’t Steve Young have to retire from football for the same reason?

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  • AnDy21

    text me if u wanna talk basketball 7311836

  • LeeG

    No Betcats, pause the video at the 50sec mark and you’ll see the Andrew stepped towards him with his arms raised. The motion seemed like he was going for a strip down or a block up top. Wallace got on him so fast that Wallace’s momentum actually turned Andrew around and it actually seemed like Andrew was headed into a duck position. Doesn’t look like this was on purpose. He wanted to play the ball, but the ball was gone.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Ehh… yeah it was a flagrant, but it’s not like he straight up slammed him to the ground or anything. Clearly he was going for body, but malicious intent to injure… I don’t see it.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    not a big fan of the article, which pretty much stated that Bynum is innocent before the case is reviewed. turning the table and blasting the bobcats team is like blaming the victim’s family for not doing enough.
    as for the play itself, it’s a case of end result being worse than the crime. i believe the size and strength of Bynum and fragility of GForce made this a freak accident. i feel this wouldn’t have happened if it’s two other players involved in the same play, and we wouldn’t have this discussion.

  • Jacob

    damn hope to see him play again this year

  • Jackie Moon

    If Bynum had played four years of college ball this wouldn’t have happened. Because then he would not be on the Lakers, and he probably wouldn’t have had a game that night with Gerald Wallace of the Bobcats.

  • Lan

    After reviewing the tape: IT’S A FREAK ACCIDENT! That type of foul (neccessary I add) happens too consistently in basketball and Gerald has taken many fouls of this nature himself, point: only Gerlad Wallace’s body knew that his ribs was going to give. I say this happened as a compounded result of ongoing physical problems. And by the way, WHERE ARE THE BOBCATS BIG MEN IN DEFENSE OF GW?!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Nbk: Did you SEE when Shaq threw Stuckey to the ground? He went up for the hard foul and THREW him down.
    But I guess he tried to prevent him from getting hurt, right?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXuolMTzuz0 Nbk

    Shaq had BOTH HANDS UP and was going for the ball, he fouled him hard, but he did not do anything to protect himself or to hurt stuckey. Like Shaq said its physics he is just really strong and stuckey is small, big things make small things fall faster. Something about gravity and science, i don’t know…but it sure was not an elbow to the ribcage because he was indecisive and scared. Which there is no place for when your a big man in the NBA. Whats going to happen when Bynum elbows lebron in the little lebron pool and ruins his career and life. an elbow to the crotch because he never learned his lesson, LeBron’s career would be over. What would everyone have said if that were the case? Get your arms up and your elbows in, (i learned that in ays (arizona youth sports) when i was 6.)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXuolMTzuz0 Nbk

    Shaq video click my name

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I aint clicking on your name – probably get some worm virus on my PC – shaq sent stuckey straight to the floor earlier this year plain and simple.