LeBron upset by what he thinks are flagrant fouls


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LeBron James spoke out about the way he gets officiated on Wednesday night, saying he is starting to get concerned about how physical he believes some opponents are against him.

James made the comments to reporters huddled around his locker in Chicago not long after he and the Miami Heat had their 27-game winning streak snapped, with the Bulls prevailing 101-97. He cited two specific plays he thought merited flagrant fouls, one involving Kirk Hinrich in the first quarter and another by Taj Gibson late in the fourth.

The only flagrant assessed in the game was one against James himself with 3:52 remaining, when the Heat were trying to mount a comeback.

“I’m not sitting here crying about anything,” James said. “I play the game at a high level, I play with a lot of aggression, I understand that some of the plays are on the borderline of a basketball play or not. But sometimes, you know, I don’t know … it’s frustrating.”

Miami’s winning streak was the second-longest in NBA history, ending six games shy of matching the 33-game run set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

James came down 1-on-1 against Hinrich in the opening quarter, and the players collided. Hinrich may have been in position to actually draw an offensive foul on that play, but wrapped his arms around James’ back and appeared to pull him to the ground. Hinrich was called for a blocking foul.

In the fourth, James worked his way through three defenders and was fouled. Referees originally called a flagrant-1 against Gibson, though after review downgraded it to only a common foul. So instead of Miami having two free throws and retaining possession – which could have been huge, given that they were trailing by nine with 4:02 remaining – James only got the two free throws.

He and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra argued to no avail. So on the ensuing Chicago possession, James got a bit of costly revenge, ramming into Chicago’s Carlos Boozer as he attempted to fight through a pick. James was called for the flagrant-1, which was upheld after video review.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade didn’t seem bothered that the 6-foot-8, 260-pound James chose to lash out.

“I’m surprised he ain’t done it before,” Wade said. “A big guy like that, you don’t really want to see him really start trying to inflict pain on other people. He plays the game the right way. It’s unfortunate.”

James often asks referees why he doesn’t get more calls, given that there often is some level of contact whenever he’s around the rim in particular. Wade likened how James gets officiated to the way Shaquille O’Neal was, in that sometimes isn’t always better to be bigger and stronger than just about everyone else.

“It’s tough but that’s why he is who he is,” Wade said. “You have to deal with it. Tonight, he decided to get back a little bit. I didn’t think it was that bad.”

James’ comments will likely be at least reviewed by the league, which could also issue a fine for complaints about officiating.

“I believe, and I know, that a lot of my fouls are not basketball plays,” James said. “First of all, Kirk Hinrich in the first quarter basically grabbed me with two hands and brought me to the ground. And the last one, Taj Gibson was able to collar me around my shoulder and bring me to the ground.

“Those are not basketball plays. And it’s been happening all year. I’ve been able to keep my cool and try to tell Spo, `Let’s not worry about it too much,’ but it is getting to me a little bit.”

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  • Pedro Noval Jr.

    KING JAMES……the Greatest Basketball Player….ever ! better than Michael Jordan,Julius Erving,Magic Johnson,Larry Bird,Kobe Bryant,Abdul Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain.

    • hu_yu

      better in complaining when losing hahahaha

  • hu_yu

    crybaby lebron


    LOST my respect and admiration for LeBron for the uncalled for flagrant foul. Lost his cool and sportsmanship. What a waste!

    • 3Heat0

      Your mom lost her respect when she gave birth of you

      • UrHONOR

        TAGALOGIN mo na lang…ANG BANTOT ng INGLIS mo….”birth OF you! ” “Lost respect of what? SUSMARYOSEP!!! Anong gusto mong sabihin?

        Kung pang-iinsulto ang gusto mong gawin, wa epek! Try better next time.

        But here…. when you were being delivered, the Obstetrician slapped your mother as soon as you got out of the hole!

      • 3Heat0


      • JahreDistrict78

        Thanks a lot guys ! Nabuo ang araw ko ‘ Hindi Ko napigilan tumawa .

        Easy lang mga amigo ! Peace Lang …

        Dapat humingi ng kopya si lebron sa nba para mapanood nya yung game

        im not expert but i think that’s all legit and legal contested foul .

        Thats the first i watch the whole miami ‘s game on their winning streak and have the gut feeling that day’ chicago will end the streak

        If my englis is awkward message me 0(‘-‘)0

  • Brax82

    Oh Man! I was expecting the Spurs to end the streak. Was expecting San Antonio to defeat Miami by boring them to death. D@MN!

  • John Sulayman

    Well, what can you expect on defense from a big and muscular 6″8 forward. Shaq and Dwight are big and strong, don’t expect defenders to be light on you.

  • Orly Dizo

    Those flagrant fouls/games happened in the 1st and 4th quarters, so I would say still part of the game. In any game of basketball, there are tactics like that ad that’s why there are referrees to officiate the game. Nung panahon ni Jawo, sinasadya pero sa mata ng referree malinis kaya wlang foul! haliluya!!!

  • Josh Bummer

    Those fouls look legit to me. Frustration lang siguro ni Lebron, But his comments are very unbecoming of a veteran, league MVP, and champion player.

  • otire

    i hear that reason on amateur games (lega sa barangay)

    • 3Heat0

      Tama yan dong sa LEGA

  • DirtyHarryLim

    Sore loser!

    • 3Heat0

      Yah last year champion, season mvp and finals mvp, olympic gold medalist. What a sore loser indeed!!!

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