Once the Los Angeles Lakers had officially been knocked out of the NBA playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 on Monday night, Brian Cardinal of the Dallas Mavericks posted a tweet on Twitter criticizing Kobe Bryant’s 42-point game with zero assists:
“10 assists away from a double/double...”
With Andrew Bynum being virtually nonexistent in Game 5 with 10 points, five rebounds and zero assists, the Lakers got little production out of their All-Star center. One of the biggest concerns of the Lakers heading into Game 5 was getting a solid offensive performance from Bynum, but obviously that didn’t happen.
On Tuesday, Cardinal realized the impact that his Kobe tweet had with Lakers fans. In an attempt to deflect all the criticism from Lakers fans, Cardinal posted the following on his Twitter account:
“Just catching up on my timeline... Didn't realize everyone was so sensitive about Bynum's assists...”
Even though Cardinal is a big man himself, it’s doubtful that he was talking about Bynum rather than Kobe. If he had said something about Bynum’s five rebounds or 10 points that would be a different story, but Bynum and every other center in the league are not known for filling up the stat sheet in the assist column.
It fairly obvious that Cardinal was being sarcastic in his attempt to clarify the first tweet, but the damage has been done and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Cardinal on the wrong side of a Kobe dunk next season. That’s if Cardinal is still in the league.
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