The Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers shouldn't really have anything that constitutes a rivalry as the Lakers were able to defeat the Wolves for the fifteenth straight time on Friday night, but one might not be able to tell after watching the following video of Andrew Bynum as he slams Michael Beasley to the floor in the fourth quarter with the scored tied at 87 apiece.
Bynum was assessed a "flagrant foul type 2" on the play, which means that it involved a foul "committed against a player, with or without the ball, is interpreted to be unnecessary and excessive" according to the official NBA rulebook. The biggest difference between the flagrant foul 2 and the flagrant foul 1 is that the type 2 also causes the player who committed the offense to be automatically ejected from the game.
Beasley, who scored 18 points prior to the collision, had to leave the game with what was being described as a "bruised right hip."
As you can see in the above video -- and as reported by ESPN LA's Dave McMenamin -- players from both teams had to be separated after the foul and Beasley was called for a technical for his confrontation with Lakers forward Matt Barnes.
This isn't the first time Bynum has done something like this, either. In 2009, Bynum hit Gerald Wallace on his way to the basket that led to Wallace going to the hospital due to a collapsed lung and broken ribs.