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Video: LeBron gets called for a technical for… I’m not sure

Oct 24, 2012, 7:45 AM EDT

I was watching at home when this play happened and I rewound it about five times trying to see whatever the referee that called the technical saw, and I was stumped. The broadcasters were stumped and confused.

LeBron James is bringing the ball up court and the Bobcats, in a very Bobcats way, seem to lose track of the fact the best basketball player in the planet has the ball and they might want to defend him. So with nobody between him and the basket LeBron just straight-line bolts for the rim. At the last second Gerald Henderson stepped in to try and draw the charge and there was contact. Henderson got called for the blocking foul.

And LeBron got a technical for.. I have no idea what.

Embellishing contact (flopping)? First I don’t see it, second he didn’t draw the main foul. If you’re going to give him a technical for being bigger and stronger than the guy he runs into it’s going to be a very long season for everyone. I get why Erik Spoelstra got a technical, he earned it, but not LeBron.

It’s preseason for the referees, too. It happens.

But sure, the flopping rule will be enforced even-handedly this season.

Hat tip to Royce Young of Eye on Basketball for the video.

  1. ovi8lebron6 - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Ridiculous call

  2. cantonbound13 - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Did you keep your pants on Kurt while reviewing footage of LeBron?

    • rtfinch - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:36 AM

      I’ve got 20 on no.

  3. rtfinch - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Maybe they’re going to finally call the way he threw up his arms on contact. But i dont know how you can call a blocking foul AND a tech. That part doesnt make sense.

  4. timb12 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Did the refs start calling technicals for being a terrible person? Haha BA-ZING!!

    • dls612 - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      Did u say BA-ZING? Picturing u with a mullet!

  5. reesesteel23 - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    And it begins….Miami will have a huge target on their backs because Anti-Miami folks have been bit*hing for 2 years about Miami, what every teams has been doing for nearly Decades

  6. zblott - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Refs are simply getting all their calls against LeBron out of the way before the real games start so they can later point to this highlight and say “see, we don’t always kiss the stars rears.”

  7. money2long - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    guys…if you look at the play..i can see what confused the ref. let me preface this by saying, the did NOT warrant a technical foul.

    now if you focus on the part right after henderson and lebron collide, you see lebron flail his arm back, and to an observer from distance, he may perceive that as a follow through swing of trying to throw someone off of you. add to the fact, henderson actually lost his balnce and fell to the floor.

    the snapback of lebron’s arm however happened when henderson was clearly already well on his way down to the floor. so the illusion of lebron flagrantly shoving henderson off of him in the split second, the ref simply misinterpreted lebron’s action.

    the bigger guy vs the smaller guy. always hard to ref that combo.

    go to the 1:19 mark to get the slow mo version of what i’m talking about. at 1:23, you will see the flap back of the arm motion im talking about. all the ref did there was read body language. but he was wrong. made the wrong call. plus if you notice the level of negligence lebron had after the collision, (by not looking down to make sure henderson was okay, didnt help him off, just flapped his arm like ‘get off me’) and henderson on the court looking semi-shocked like ‘wtf man’…the ref in that split second saw it as malicious intent on lebron and he got called for the T.

  8. incrediblex - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    are we going to get our first “Flop” warning against the flop artist of the year? it wasn’t supposed to be a tech. but definitely a flop

  9. miamatt - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    I watched the broadcast, and the Refs admitted that they made a mistake on that one during halftime. Still no explanation as to why it was called, but they admitted it was folly.

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