Chris Andersen said he won't change. He has been advised by his
A day after being suspended by the
"I'm not going to change who I am and how I play," he said following the morning shootaround at
Actually, Andersen, known for his colorful tattoos, Mohawk haircut and "Birdman" nickname, has been asked to change, or at least advised of the impending consequences.
"I had a discussion with him and that's between he and I," coach
A review of Andersen's fouls in these playoffs show he is at three points on the NBA's flagrant-foul scale this postseason, when counting a Flagrant 1 foul that was upheld by the league during the second round against the
Because of that, the team's staff met with Andersen and explained that even if he is called for a Flagrant 1 foul this postseason, which would not mandate ejection, he automatically would be suspended from the next game, unless such a call is overturned by the league office.
As for the Flagrant 1 call in Game 5 that was upgraded Friday upon league review, Andersen said, "It was their decision. They made it clear it was a Flagrant 2, and it is what it is I have to deal with, the repercussions of it and I'm missing this game."
The shove of with Hansbrough was followed up with an attempt to get back at the scrappy Pacers forward by pushing past referee Marc Davis.
In changing the ruling to a Flagrant 2, which would have mandated immediate ejection if it was called on the floor at the time, the NBA said Andersen was cited because of how he, "resisted efforts to bring the altercation to an end."
Andersen, who participated in the morning shootaround and shot free throws afterward, with cardio and lifting plans for later in the day, declined Saturday to discuss the play.
"Man, it doesn't matter at this point," he said, having previously declined comment following Thursday's game and then not being made available following Friday's practice at
Spoelstra said there was no value in debating the league's approach.
"We have to accept it and move on, and we already did," he said. "We went through that process [Friday]. It doesn't matter, it's irrelevant whether we agree or disagree. We talked with the league [Friday]. That was what they decided."
Andersen said the incident was about more than the aggressive tactics of Hansbrough.
"It's not just one individual," he said. "It's been a tough series. It's been a very, very strong battle in the paint and a physical battle all over the floor. It's not just Tyler.
"I'm new to the East Coast. No history. Like I said, it was the heat of the moment, man."
He said he already has moved on.
"I can't regret it," he said. "I just have to be positive. I can't sit here and dwell on it."
He said there has been strong support in the locker room.