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LeBron joins long list of big men complaining about lack of foul calls

Mar 31, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

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LeBron James is one of the NBA’s strongest men — if you’re going to foul him and not give up the and-1, you better make it a good one. And even if you do foul him, no call may be made as he just powers through you.

James joined a long, storied list of the NBA’s best — from Dwight Howard this season, back to Shaq years before and dating back to George Mikan at least — of men saying the referees treat them differently because of that physical strength, reports our own Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel.

“Sometimes it’s unfair because of how strong I am,” James said. “I can take punishment of course, but at the same time, I just feel like it’s unfair sometimes.

The spark was a foul by Mo Evans that got James around the neck in an attempt to stop a layup. Evans was not making an intentionally dirty play, but James wanted a flagrant foul.

“I don’t know if Mo Evans’ intention was to be dirty,” James said. “I watch a lot of basketball. I see a lot of basketball every day. Every time someone gets grabbed around the neck, it’s an automatic flagrant foul. If I’m wrong, tell me I’m wrong. But it seems like every time I get hit hard or a hard foul, and all I get is two shots and they take the ball out.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has his star’s back.

“He absorbs a lot more contact than people realize,” Spoelstra said. “He’s big and tough enough that he shrugs it off. But you go in there and see him in the locker room, and he’s got ice on pretty much every part of his body.”

James is right about this. After the season he and Dwight Howard can sit around and have a beer and complain about it. Shaq can join in (he took more physical abuse at his peak than either of those two). And then the guys from the 1980s can come in and laugh at all of them.

Hate to tell you this LeBron, but it’s part of the price for being one of the big strong guys. It hasn’t changed for decades, it’s not changing now.

  1. hnirobert3 - Mar 31, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    I didn’t realize how big and strong LeBron was until he joined the Heat and I watched him every game. The fact that he outweights some PF’s by 30 lbs, and can run the way he does, is truly amazing.

    At the same time, the bigger and stronger you are, the harder you’re going to get fouled. Hack a Shaq, Hack a Howard, Hack a Bron. It may not be fair but it’s the way it’s always been.

    • loungefly74 - Mar 31, 2011 at 1:28 PM

      LeBron is quite the specimen. a rare talent. he would have some type of success playing any of the 5 spots. agree…just amazing.

      yeah…just part of the drawbacks of being one of the toughest guys.

  2. hail2tharedskins - Mar 31, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    LOL, LeBron is complaining about not getting foul calls? That’s funny on two fronts, first most of the time he is the one initiating the contact. His favorite move is to drop his shoulder and aim for the defender’s chest, while carrying the basketball like a running back in football. That brings me to the second reason it is funny, LeBron travels more than anybody in the NBA and blatantly so without the refs calling it. LeBron picks up the basketball and heads for the basket like he is a running back regardless if it is 2,3,or even 4 steps and doesn’t have the slighest thought about dribbling since he has tucked the ball away under his arm.

    • savocabol1 - Mar 31, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      its called a crab dribble and it is totally not traveling…..bahahaha.

  3. bradybunch12 - Mar 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    As much as Lebron is complaining D-Wade complains even more I swear every time I watch the Heats play, it seems D-Wade spend quit a bit of time complaining for calls as soon as someone gets close to him when he’s driving to the hoop it’s getting pathetic, not to mention that big no defense playing softy Chris Bosh, they’re really turning into a bunch of cry babies

    • loungefly74 - Mar 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM

      it seems like wade goes to the ground a dozen times each game.
      yeah agree…wade does b*tch quite a bit.

    • hnirobert3 - Mar 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM

      Wade leads the league in complaining about a no call leading to the other team going on a fast break.

  4. smashmouthrb25 - Mar 31, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    the people that complain the most about missed calls is the Spurs..didn’t G-Pop complain after a timeout to get a flagrant call for a foul on Ginobli? Hardly any one cries as much as the Spurs do…the bad thing is that they flop to get calls…when Bron goes to the floor it is rarely ever from flopping…when Howard goes to the floor…it is rarely ever for flopping….and as far as traveling goes…didnt Ginobli get away w/ a travel when he hit the buzzer beater?

  5. grizzfan - Mar 31, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    What a cry baby! All star players get calls and all small market teams get hosed by the officials nightly. He should shut his mouth and play basketball, maybe if he had done that during “The Decision” he wouldnt be hated by everybody but Heat fans.

  6. Ryan Karhut - Mar 31, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Here’s another guy you can add to the list

  7. king3319 - Mar 31, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Hey grizz aren’t u cryin now about “small market”? Indiana during the Reggie Miller days and they still won that city comparatively is small but they won. Big names get calls it’s always been that way. As far as Lebron cryin your all still watchin him play even though you hate him. Winners are always hated on the Braves in the 90’s the Yankees always, now Duke even though everyone pulls for coach K while he’s coaching our national team..but it’s ok keep hatin till they win and then you’ll be on the bandwagon.

    • thetooloftools - Apr 3, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      They won what?

  8. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 31, 2011 at 7:42 PM


  9. thetooloftools - Apr 1, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Nobody cries more then LeBron.
    The fact he cries when the D makes a clean play is the reason he doesn’t get the flagrant when maybe it should be called.
    He needs to just shut up and play, but he has already proved that’s impossible.
    Kings have rings.

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