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LeBron throws down a monster jam on Kings rookie Ben McLemore (VIDEO)

Dec 20, 2013, 9:36 PM EDT

One of the first lessons a rookie can learn in the NBA is which players not to try to take a charge against.

LeBron James has to be near the top of that list, but Kings rookie Ben McLemore gave it a shot anyway on Friday night in Miami.

He chose … poorly.

LeBron elevated and threw down a monster slam over McLemore, and even if he had gotten to his spot in time, his feet were partially in the restricted area — which would have meant a blocking foul if the referees had been inclined to blow the whistle.

  1. legend30 - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Noooooo!!! He wasn’t readyyyyyy!!!!! (Kevin Hart)

    • bjornreyes - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:26 AM

      Credit McLemore. He finished the game with 20 points on 8-13 shooting (4-7 from deep). I thought that monster dunk would demoralize the rookie.

  2. dinofrank60 - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Instead of taking the charge and expecting the refs to bail you out, meet him earlier. Rooks aren’t getting those calls, so you might as well go up with him before he gets to the rim.

    • basketballhooper1 - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:23 AM

      I give him props for trying to take the charge though. Imagine you see LeBron coming down the lane at you, and you know he’s about to dunk and you get ready to take the charge. Its a ballsy move nonetheless.

  3. apkyletexas - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    At the time Lebron made contact, McLemore’s feet were set and completely outside the restricted area.

    Not quite as bad as his passionate hugging of George Paul’s waist on the final shot of the Indiana game the other night though.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      The way the NBA views the calls, it is not where LeBron is when they make contact, it is where McLemore (or any defender) is when the shooter leaves his feet. Once airborn you cannot change your path, so a defender can’t slide under them and get the call.

  4. kinglorious - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Man, the hell with taking charges. Personally, I think its ruined the game. Good on LeBron for showing no mercy.

    • money2long - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:20 AM

      i think it’s a merger of nba and fifa.

    • dinofrank60 - Dec 21, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      The league would prefer that guys just got out of the way. They figure that there aren’t enoug fans upset or care about no defense.
      The other options are raking the charge, but that leads to flopping, which the NBA hates.
      Or contesting the shot, which leads to guys getting knocked down. That used to be normal and expected, but the league doesn’t want a repeat of the Pistons/Knicks reign of terror or earlier.

      What can you do?

  5. sellahh - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    I hate the Heat announcers I mean… it’s the Heat
    but ‘Isaiah Thomas what are you doing you’re gonna get hurt in there’ made me laaaaaaaaaugh

    • ibleedaquaorange - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      That’s from the Sacramento broadcast.

  6. progress2011 - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Welcome to the NBA Rook !

  7. antistratfordian - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:56 AM

    “He takes off like he’s jumping off a trampoline off of one leg. It’s the most ridiculous one-legged takeoff I’ve seen.”
    – Kobe Bryant

    “LeBron is the greatest natural athlete in NBA history. Karl Malone’s height, weight and muscles, only if you gave him the Jordan/Erving/Thompson DNA strain, Magic’s passing eye and Bo Jackson’s breathtaking combination of power and finesse.”
    – Bill Simmons

    “We’re just human, he’s not.”
    – Nicolas Batum

    “LeBron was created in a lab. He’s crazy.”
    – Sasha Pavlovic

    “I’ve never seen anything like him and we might not ever see anything like him in the future.”
    – Jamal Crawford

    “It’s only like one other person that’s more scarier than that, and that’s God.”
    – George Hill

  8. muhangis - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    If that’s not a CHARGE I don’t know WHAT is!! He was outside of the circle, and the guy didn’t move for like a year.

    • jaerba - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Then you don’t know what a charge is.

      He was standing on the restricted circle and even if he weren’t, the timing of when he got set would make it a 50/50 call (in actuality, 90/10 against a superstar.) Watch his left leg sliding in.

  9. davidly - Dec 21, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    He didn’t choose poorly; he showed guts. If the ref had called a charge–only the most selective Heat fans would be the ones not giving him his props for stepping up.

  10. davidly - Dec 21, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Who here remembers vets back in the 90s talking about how Jordan wouldn’t have made it unmolested to the rim in their era?

  11. Gordon - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:03 AM


  12. Miami305 - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Don’t mess with LeBron

  13. indrathegod - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I can appreciate Ben’s resiliency after that play. The kid has heart. However, he was owned with that dunk. Credit the refs for making a good no-call.

  14. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    McLemore gets all of Heat Nation’s respect for this.

    • senorpapino - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Yeah cause that and 50 cents will get you a kick in the nuts.

  15. 00maltliquor - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Hold my belt buckle!!

    Put this here Kool-Aid on your lips!

    LeBron owns McLemore now. 100%

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