LeBron James said that he was upset about the physical play of the Chicago Bulls last night after the Miami Heat’s winning streak ended in the windy city.
But James didn’t have to say it. You could see it on the court.
In the fourth quarter, James showed his frustrations when he lowered his shoulder into Carlos Boozer and drew a flagrant 1 foul.
That was not a basketball play. That was a hockey check.
But that wasn’t the only play of the night that blurred the line between basketball and football and wrestling. During the postgame press conference, James said that he was upset about two hard Chicago fouls.
The first came from Kirk Hinrich during the first quarter. James was driving down the lane and Hinrich stepped up to take a charge… And then he wrapped his arms around James and tackled him.
Hinrich said: “With his speed and strength, you can’t take anything for granted… I still think I got the worst of it, obviously… I was trying to stop a 3 point play… I was just holding on for dear life.”
Here’s the video of Hinrich’s foul on James. Do you think this was a dirty play?
The second foul came later in the game when Taj Gibson knocked James to the ground while the Heat star was putting up a shot. The foul was originally called a flagrant but the refs downgraded the call to a personal foul after review.
Here’s the video of Taj Gibson’s foul on James.
James said: “I’m not sitting here crying about anything. 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…
“… I believe, and I know, that a lot of my fouls are not basketball plays. 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.”
Do you think Lebron has a reason to be upset?
Should someone tell him that between Gibson, Hinrich and James, the Miami Heat player was the only one to be called for a flagrant foul? Carlos Boozer is the one who should be upset about non-basketball plays.