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Apparently LeBron bumping his coach is a big deal

Nov 28, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

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I’ve never been on an NBA floor playing basketball and then having to walk to the bench for a timeout. Maybe it’s a really easy process and in order to bump into someone you have to deliberately aim or deliberately avoid avoiding people. It doesn’t seem like that when you watch it in person or on television, but apparently that’s the thinking this morning. The video above surfaced late last night which shows LeBron James walking to the bench after a timeout is called and bumping Erik Spoelstra on his way. The slow-motion capture of the bump is being analyzed this morning like the Zapruder film (“Note that Spoelstra’s tie goes back… and to the left.”), in an effort to see some level of disdain from James towards his head coach.

Now, don’t get me wrong, James deserves more criticism than anyone for their failures as of late, but I can’t help but feel we’re freaking out over something fairly common. A timeout consists of a bunch of tired and sweaty guys walking one direction while a bunch of aggravated and distracted people (coaches) walk the other. Some bumping is to be expected. And when LeBron James is the size of a moving house, getting blown back a bit by the contact doesn’t seem out of the ordinary. The Heat deserve every ounce of criticism they’re receiving right now. But maybe we shouldn’t be throwing random allegations at them for the fun of it. Unless you’re from Cleveland. In which case, toss away. But decide for yourself.

Update: Brian Windhorst from ESPN notes this isn’t the first time LeBron’s bumped a coach.

  1. keegax - Nov 28, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    i think its a point of conversation because he did it to Mike Brown on multiple occassions and it was well-understood that he wasnt down with the Brown.

    Second, try to go a month without slagging Cleveland. It’s embarrassing.

  2. spankyomonkey - Nov 28, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    seriously … this is news?

  3. 1notredamefan - Nov 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    He’s a typical “THUG” and I hope he gets called out on this for the rest of the season… Instead ESPN will do their best of brushing this under the rug as well!

  4. gboiched - Nov 28, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    making excuses again… i don’t think coach Spoelstra is dumb enough not to make plays for them to work on… they are just not doing it because they are way over their head… this coach brought them to the playoffs with wade only… i do not think wade brought them to the playoffs last year all by himself without Spoelstra coaching… they better own it up.. stop making isolation like they are the only star on their team… because it aint gonna work anymore…

  5. willeyb296 - Nov 28, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    This guy will never be half the man Bird, Magic or Jordon were. He is not a leader, just plays ball. Those three guys could play ball and lead their respective teams.

  6. 8dollarbeer - Nov 28, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    LeBron is a joke.Hes obviously cracking under the pressure. Should have stayed in Clev where every one kissed your ass and there were no expectations.In Clev you win 60 games and go to East conf finals and they love you. He’s finding Miami a little diff, media, fans, etc. Now you are feeling the “Heat” of high expectations. He looks awful right now. Long jumpers and standing around watching Wade dribble. I love every time they lose. Its like an orgasm.

  7. drakost - Nov 28, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    No doubt this is more than just a bump. That was a WTF look he gave Lebron. One thing I saw that I liked… The look didn’t change when he saw it was Lebron..

  8. pjb170 - Nov 29, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    Haha, I love that the general theme of the post is “Whoa calm down here, this happens alot in the NBA” and then we get an “UPDATE! LeBron has done this before!”

    Lol Matt Moore is bad at writing, to the point that I feel annoyed at even giving him a comment.

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