LeBron James absolutely crushed an unfortunately placed Ben McLemore Friday night, when the rookie attempted to take a charge as a streaking Bron leaped up and threw one down right over him. Afterward, LeBron had “hate it had to be him”-like remorse. Per ESPN:
Predictably, James turned Thomas into a traffic cone and barreled toward the rim, where McLemore stood in his way. McLemore, bless his heart, had rotated over from the weak side and tried to take a charge in James’ path.
You can probably guess what happened next. James skied over him with a patented tomahawk, flattening McLemore and sending the nearby Heat bench into a screaming frenzy as James towered over the rookie. No charge called.
“It sucks that it was him,” James said after the game. “Because I like him. That sucks.”
After the game, McLemore was in good spirits, laughing off the play. James and McLemore go back to the rookie’s high school days in Missouri.
“I just went over there to try and take the charge,” McLemore said before letting out a smile. “And he dunked the ball.”