Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 10:55 am  |  25 responses

George Karl: Andrew Bynum ‘Was Playing Nice Illegal Defense’

Andrew Bynum’s 10 blocks (on his way to a triple double) against the Nuggets in Game 1 were greatly aided by the illegal defense the Lakers’ big man supposedly played, and the refs’ willful ignorance of this repeated violation. Or so claims George Karl. From ESPN: “(Bynum) was playing nice illegal defense,’ Karl said in his postgame press conference after the Lakers won Game 1 of their first round series against the Nuggets 103-88 on Sunday. ‘He zoned up good. I think we got one illegal defense (called against the Lakers). I saw about 30.’ Bynum was called for a defensive three-second violation, or illegal defense, with 6:20 remaining in the third quarter with the Lakers up 64-47. According to the NBA rule book, a defensive player cannot spend more than three seconds in the lane while not actively guarding an opponent. ‘Actively guarding’ means the defender is within arm’s length of an opponent and in a guarding position. Karl said he repeatedly pointed out the violation to the referees throughout the game when he felt like the Lakers were practicing illegal defense, but didn’t expect it to get the whistle. ‘It just isn’t going to be called,’ Karl said. ‘We know it’s not going to be called. It’s just not a thing that’s called. We play too fast sometimes and we don’t let the call happen and then other times, the action creates the vision of the referees. (Bynum) was sensational defensively. Pau Gasol was good out front and they did a great job protecting the basket.’ […] When informed of Karl’s illegal defense comments, Bryant smiled and said, ‘Of course he did.’ Karl ultimately admitted that the Nuggets wouldn’t have won the game even with more illegal defense calls in their favor.”

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  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Miami Joe

    “(Bynum) was playing nice illegal defense…” Code phrase for “I don’t have any answers for him”

  • angus

    I like how he says he knows there not going to get most calls, why is it always the lakers who get pushed through the playoffs by unfair officiating why cant stern mix it up every now and then?

  • Youngindy21

    This is nothing new. NBA refs absolutely suck. The players know it and the coaches know it. It is illegal to comment on NBA officiating because secretly even Stern knows they suck. They are almost never consistent in their calls. And if you play in a small-market you can pretty much forget about getting favorable calls on a nightly basis.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    As a Laker fan he was camping a little bit but a lot of it was just good defense. Funny how people only complain when they lose.

  • bike

    That’s a flaky rule anyway. At least the way it’s written.

  •  JRok

    Can it be considered three in the key when your wingspan is almost eight feet long? It felt like almost anyone was within arms reach.

  • lakernation

    Why is he trying to downplay Bynums record performance?

  • Conrad


  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    CMon fellows, this is the Playoffs. You should know this by now. Loose a game –> Publicly criticise the refs = get more calls next game. Next team that loses does the same thing. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Phil is rolling over in his high chair.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    if they r not going to call it, do the same with mcgee

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    ^ I’m with you on the tit for tat spit, but McGee would just end up fouling out, or trying to dunk on the opponents goal or something dumb like that.

  • Dungeon Family

    Karl can’t tell Javale to Camp out in the Paint because he might think Karl really wants him to Camp Out in the paint

    Making S’mores and whatnot

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Dungeon FTW

  • robb

    @Dungeon lol I definitely can imagine JaVale doing that. The man should have his own TV show. Forget about the script, just let a camera guy follow him everywhere and you’ll have the funniest show ever.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    With cameo appearances by his mom defending absolutely everything he does.

  • http://www.twitter.com_dfrance dfrance21

    ^And slipping the tongue to random NBA legends.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Miami Joe

    I’m surprised he didn’t bring up Melo.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lmaoooo @ dungeon… sh*t now i want s’mores… lots of s’mores… man…..


    The Diva has spoken!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Lol @ Dfrance

  • Danno

    jordan hill should choke some sense out of his old ass

  • nailz

    It actually baffles me as to how the NBA officiating is sooooo bad and nothing gets down about it.

  • Tanner Sherlock

    Well, it is true. Bynum should have been called for a lot more than he was, but the officiating is so terrible these days it doesn’t surprise me. Bynum is a star, and stars get treated that way in the NBA. Its a Joke, and everyone knows about it. Back when we had Melo, Billups, and Iverson, we ALWAYS got the calls our way. Now that we don’t have star power yet we NEVER get them. Its as simple as that.

  • DWellser

    I am so suprised a law firm, wanting to make a name for itself, has not filed a lawsuit against the NBA and the officiating. It would be so easy to prove that the league supports favoring uperstars and teams in big markets. I would think fans could get a large amount of their ticket price returned through a lawsuit once it was proven that the NBA was not providing the service the fans are paying to watch. Very clearly, when you buy your ticket, you expect to see a game that is run and officiated in accordance with the league rules. That clearly does not happen. A law firm could review videos from the past and easily show how on one end of the court a ticky tack foul is called, but then on the other end with the superstar, a hard foul is completely overlooked.

    I guess to get real basketball, I need to stick with college ball.