Los Angeles Lakers star center Andrew Bynum was benched by head coach Mike Brown after the seven-foot center badly missed a three-point attempt in the third quarter of a Lakers 104-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors last night.
"That's something that I thought could have taken us out of rhythm, so I took him out of the game," Brown said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Bynum sat on the Lakers bench for the remainder of the third quarter, and played in just 2:50 of the fourth quarter.
"I don't know what was bench-worthy about it," said Bynum, "I made [a three-pointer Sunday] night and I missed one tonight."
Brown has made an effort to know that he is in control, despite it being his first year as the head coach of a team filled with All-Stars. This weekend the head coach also benched superstar Kobe Bryant during crucial minutes of a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Bynum scored just 11 points and grabbed five rebounds while playing 23:14. On the season he is averaging 18.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 35:42 minutes of play.