Foul on Bobcats' Wallace lands Lakers' Bynum a Flagrant-2
The foul that sent Gerald Wallace to a Los Angeles hospital has been upgraded by the NBA to the more-serious Flagrant 2 designation. That means Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum should have been ejected for his thrown elbow in Tuesday's loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Wallace suffered a collapsed lung and broken rib and could miss a couple of weeks. The incident happened with about two minutes left in the fourth quarter. He was helped from the court, and the Bobcats won in double-overtime.
Bynum already committed a Flagrant-1 in December. Under a points-penalty system established by the NBA (one point for a Flagrant-1, two for a Flagrant-2), Bynum will be automatically suspended for a game, should he exceed five points this season.
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Wallace spent his third night in the hospital, so the earliest he could be released is this morning.
The Bobcats signed 6-foot-7 forward Cartier Martin to a 10-day contract. He has played in 21 games for the Iowa Energy in the D-League this season, averaging 20.6 points.
Shaq is back in the All-Star game
After being left out of the NBA's midseason gala for first time in his career last season, Shaquille O'Neal received his 15th All-Star selection Thursday night when the reserves were announced for the Feb. 15 game in Phoenix. O'Neal and Suns teammate Amare Stoudemire give the host team two Western Conference All-Stars.
New Orleans, San Antonio and the Los Angeles Lakers also had multiple players on the West roster, which will be coached by the Lakers' Phil Jackson.
The Orlando Magic made out best in the East, with Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis picked as reserves by the conference's coaches alongside starter Dwight Howard. It's the first time Orlando has had three All-Stars.
OKLAHOMA CITY: Guard Desmond Mason will miss the rest of the season after hyperextending his right knee during the Thunder's 114-102 overtime victory against Memphis on Wednesday night.
UTAH: Forward Andrei Kirilenko is scheduled for surgery today to remove a bone fragment from his right ankle.