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LeBron not at all pleased with flagrant foul from Nets’ Mirza Teletovic (VIDEO)

Jan 10, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK – It’s been a frustrating night for LeBron James, and things almost boiled over midway through the fourth quarter against the Nets.

Miami is without three of its starters, and entered the final period trailing by 12 points. The Heat have been on the wrong end of many 50-50 calls by the officials, and overall the way the game has gone has had James more visibly upset throughout than we’ve seen him in quite some time.

On a play where James got out in transition, he delivered a forearm to Andrei Kirilenko in an attempt to clear some space. Kirilenko’s teammate Mirza Teletovic saw it and clearly didn’t appreciate it, so he stopped LeBron from getting to the basket with a violent grab around the neck, before quickly releasing.

James lost it momentarily, and went after Teletovic before teammates stepped in.

The referees called James for the offensive foul for the hit to Kirilenko, and Teletovic received a flagrant-one for his role in the incident.

  1. flyingvien - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    FLOP CITY

  2. davidly - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    In the MJ vs LBJ category, LeBron should thank his lucky stars that he didn’t have to overcome the Bad Boy Pistons on his way to the title. This foul was a gentle kiss-and-tuck-me-in” compared to the hard fouls of the eighties/nineties. I’m not justifying that kind of play, but neither should Teletovic have been given a flagrant.

    Though it’s understandable why LBJ’d be upset; King James used to having his way. And this incident displays the absurd dumbness of the nickname jerseys: it’s like when Daddy dresses in a super hero costume and breaks his leg jumping off the garage into a pile of leaves. Humiliatingly stupid.

  3. fnf417 - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    This dude is no king whatsoever

    • cantonbound13 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Princess at best

  4. jbeagles23 - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    All the haters come out after heat loses. That was by definition a flagrant. And people who are mentioning flopping without mentioning ak47 and Livingston just shows how little you watch the game and just like to pile on greatness

    • Purpular Ball - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      huh/

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      You meant “losers”.

    • eugeneerickson69 - Jan 11, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      I watch basketball 24/7 and that stiff arm from Lebron to AK47 was a terrible no call! All the refs this year suck so far!

    • birdman1134 - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Okay LeBron

  5. lexi317 - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Listen, what did LeBron expect? Everyone bow down and give a free ride to a King James and a layup. Outta here. LeBron clear shoved the hell out of Kirilenko. If that’s not a clear view your eyes need to get checked. Granted AK47, the flop was unecessary. However for LeBron to believe retaliation wasn’t coming. Had another thing coming. Teletovic did that on purpose and I don’t blame him. Defend and protect your teammates and I applaud him for it.

    Great win! LeBron quit whining.

  6. footballguru205 - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    How’s that a flagrant ?

    • spthegr8 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Ummmmmm…….maybe because this is basketball and not wrestling & it against the rules to Club a guy on the back of the neck. Just a shot in the dark!!

      • cantonbound13 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        Watch video of the NBA in the Bird/Magic/Jordan era. The game today is super soft as well as the “stars”.

  7. tbmoore13 - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Misspelled King James last night>
    More like King Soft

  8. cantonbound13 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Awe, Baby Bron Bron complaining about physical play again. Some clowns on here actually believe he can play in the NFL? Daddy Stern can’t protect you anymore or hand you championships.

  9. 91devinhester23 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    95% of nba fans are pleased

    whine more

  10. jimeejohnson - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    LeBron James is still the best basketball player in the world and you pea brained haters are still f+cked up losers. Enjoy!

    • cantonbound13 - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Shocking to hear from you after a loss. Your account must of been hacked.

  11. bbgraf08 - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    “Violent?” The writers on this site are pathetic.

  12. xli2006 - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Jordan never pouted the way Lebron does on a regular basis. He just gets juvenile sometimes when he doesn’t get his way.

    He was lucky it wasn’t an offensive foul on him when he pushed AK out of the way before the flagrant.

  13. juiceonfire - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Queen James at it again dude cries more than anyone I’ve ever seen play the game… I remember basketball in 90’s when basketball players played the game instead of act like teenage girls all game

  14. losanginsight - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Let’s see if the refs can keep this level playing field in the playoffs. Usually the opposing teams center is in foul trouble in the first period. Not 3 not 4 not 5…

  15. chief0727 - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    I think LeBron “over reacted” to try and spark a fire under the Heat. This was no different than a coach throwing a tantrum to get thrown out of a game by the refs. One of the things I dislike about the NBA is the “double standard” by the referees. After watching this video, there was contact at the neck/head level—so technically, it is a flagrant foul. I’m also fairly certain that this type of contact occurs regularly to teams like the Bucks, Jazz, Cavs, etc. and the refs either swallow the whistle or fail to call the flagrant.

  16. eugeneerickson69 - Jan 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    O.K. I am not a Lebron hater but he is annoying! His crying whining and acting like a b!tch gets old! He fouls, travels, double dribbles and hardly gets called for it and when he does he whines and moans it’s pathetic! I mean he has not fouled out of a game since 2008! That is great and all but that just shows how many fouls he gets away with!

  17. wfriedrichs - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    It was hardly a “violent” foul.

  18. vikesdynasty - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    You’d like to see us take a foul like that? Sure if I was 6’8 260lbs and the guy fouling me is what 6’10? Who gives a crap there’s no comparison. That would be like me 6′ getting wrapped up by someone who’s 6’2….oh no!! Please don’t hurt me sir.

  19. antistratfordian - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    This thing from Teletovic was your standard “throw-a-punch-act-like-you-werent-trying-to-throw-a-punch” play. I get it – he was frustrated and scared cause Bronny was stylin’ on ‘em. S’all good.

  20. ogbobbydeas - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    LeBron is a great player, but I still find it difficult to stomach a guy that physically imposing, and he used it in that play when he shoved AK47 aside (No foul called), to complain all the time when a player either matches up physically (See Paul Pierce) or chooses to not to let him run them over and score (see this guy in the video). Some of the things he does on offense is not basketball at all , its football, so if a guy gets physical back with him I see it as matching up not a dirty play. That is my problem with LeBron, great talent , but so soft

  21. urodaddy07 - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    That is not a flagrant foul

  22. urodaddy07 - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Brett really, ” a violent grab”? Am I watching the same video? That’s just a regular foul. Jeez Louise . What’s the drama about. Lebron over-reacted and so did the refs

  23. chadley71 - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    surprised LBJ jersey didn’t read “CRY BABY” instead of “KING JAMES”…. the guy is such a biotch. elbow Kirilenko in the head and not expect a hard foul to stop a break away layup?? anyone on the heats team would have gave the same foul if roles were reversed. STOP CRYING JAMES

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