Does LeBron James Have A Right To Be Upset About The Way He Gets Fouled?
LeBron James should have been a football player. Listed at 6’8″ and weighing in at roughly 250 pounds, he has a very unique frame compared to most other NBA players. In theory, he should be a power forward. But, because of his agility and ability to handle the ball, he plays more out towards the perimeter. We have literally never seen someone like him set foot on a basketball court before. But, is that turning out to be a disadvantage for him?
After the Miami Heat lost for the first time in 28 games on Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls, James came out and complained about the hard fouls that he receives regularly because of his size and strength. Many people saw it as complaining. But, LBJ does have a point. If you’ve watched any Heat games this season, King James does get fouled a lot differently than other players. They hit him harder. They put a little more oomph into their fouls. And, when all else fails, they basically resort to tackling LeBron in order to stop him from scoring.
“I know that a lot of my fouls are not basketball plays,” he said after the loss to the Bulls. “First of all, [Bulls guard] Kirk Hinrich in the first quarter basically grabbed me with two hands and brought me to the ground. The last one, [Bulls forward] Taj Gibson was able to collar me around my shoulder and bring me to the ground. Those are not defensive…those are not basketball plays.”
He’s right. Those plays specifically were not suited for the basketball court. And, if it was anyone other than LeBron James, Hinrich and Gibson probably would have been called for flagrant fouls on the plays. But, LeBron needs to realize that his aggressive style of play—and his body type—force opposing players to take him down by-any-means-necessary when he drives to the hoop. It’s something that he’s going to have to deal with and learn to handle better. Or, if he doesn’t like it, he should go ahead and switch sports and play football. At this point, those are really his only two options. What’s it gonna be, LBJ?