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Friday, March 13th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  157 responses

Video: J-Rich Thought 360; LeBron Had Other Ideas

by Marcel Mutoni

Those ideas included a massive, game-changing block. Or a foul (that obviously wasn’t called). It’s a matter of opinion, I suppose:

Speaking of opinions, here are Richardson’s thoughts on the play:

(On LeBron James blocking him) “Clearly a foul. I don’t care how you look at it – clearly a foul – and that’s bad. A guy is going up like that, especially to do something to get the fans going, and to get fouled and get hammered like that and with no call at all – that’s terrible.”

(On whether he thought he had enough clearance on the breakaway) “I definitely did. I didn’t know anybody was coming – if you know someone is coming like that, you’re not going to pull something off like that. It was just a bad call. I don’t care how you look at it, it was just a bad call.”

Video replays seem to support J-Rich’s claims. Nice job as always, refs.

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  • niQ

    i love how the video contains people laughing haha

  • http://www.youtube.com/teamairyork blackice87

    but still…..

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    I thought the fact that he attempted to block the 360 was awesome because most players just ya know don’t. However I think it’s awfully “reckless” to try to block a dunk when a player is spinning around. You just never know how someone might land if you foul them which is why I assume most players don’t try to block fancy dunks. But, he did it and foul or no foul it was impressive.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Wow … Lebron could have killed him. And people were complaining about Ariza … o wait. Here is to Eboy and the rest of them “OMG Lebron with a crazyyyyyy block. WHat are you talking about james the balla, that is all ball, straight block!!!”

  • http://www.youtube.com/teamairyork blackice87

    i guess it just depends on who you are….

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    It was all ball from what I saw. JRich shouldn’t have tried to get fancy anyway.

  • rabn21

    you know whats reckless? 360 at that point of the game. turrible turrible turrible. was it a foul? most likely but why give the referees a decision to make when in reality Lebron will get that decision 99% of the time.

    yes the fans like flashy plays, not so much stupid plays!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Oh, come on now. Ariza hit someone upside the head. First off, LeBron couldn’t have known that the guy was going for the 360. Secundo, he hit him on the wrist. Yes it was a foul but it wasn’t malicious or dangerous.

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    That was a foul! That dunk was sick if he made it. Its not right how LBJ can get away with things. I agree James… No more complaning about ariza now

  • German Reignman

    you can not get “all ball” when someone is going 360 … so the refs should have called it … but comparing that to ariza is also wrong: james is staying clear of jrichs head and body, so the risk of jrich landing badly is lower (not saying it was arizas intention to make contact with rudys head and body, but he did)

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Thanks Kandi. Look at that lol… at Z. Its LEbron he gets away with it 99 percent of the time. O ok, that is fine than. JRich fell to the floor, just isn’t a little girl like Rudy. What if JRich laid on the floor for 10 minutes. WOuld it be a different scenerio?

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    Ok so its not a flagrent foul but you have to see its a foul at least. And Yes i did see that was not an intentional foul. He tried to block like he did in the olympics but bumped a little here

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    And it didn’t look like a foul to me. Isn’t your hand a part of the ball? lol

  • reggie haters

    I would have to say that is th first 360 block i have ever seen. They are usually attempted when no one is around. Lesson learned. Whenever you are playing Lebron, he is always behind you.

  • Randy Brown

    Whether it was a foul or not doesn’t matter. J-Rich didn’t deserve a whistle for trying to make a play like that

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    Once again I agree with James, Rich is stronger than rudy and if he was hit in the head like rudy was that would have been ugly. LBJ is stronger than ariza that would have to been called

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    cool dunk though…..

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    Usually when lebron tries this he blotches the dunk…

  • German Reignman

    Co Co, I was thinking the same but spend some time looking for this (I love how the internet never forgets):

    James the balla
    Posted: Mar.10 at 4:08 pm
    ITS HIS OWN ARMS!!! Ariza hits all ball … hand being part of the ball.

  • Randy Brown

    And that video shows nothing

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Yeah he did!! The Ariza wasn’t as bad, it’s just RUdy hitting the floor. If Rudy did what J Rich did then it would never be looked at again!

  • Truth

    Trevor shouldn’t have been called for a flagrant foul either. LOL @ these young cats in the league trying to showboat like they can dunk in traffic, when your name isn’t MJ, Dr. Jay, Nique, Lebron, Kobe, or VC. Clear breakaways are fine for dunks by lightweight guys like Fernandez, but this is not college, and definitely not Euro league… you will get a beating in the NBA!!!

    If J Rich thinks he can do a 360 in a game, he needs to enter the dunk contest at the all star weekend!

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Block of the year.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    The Ariza/Fernandez incident has absolutely nothing to do with this. The only thing hurting is J-Rich’s pride. Comparing these two things makes no sense.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Actually … lol. Just Re-watched the video. B long and co co, I agree. What a block. OMG I wnat Lebron James in my mouth right now. He is fantastic, what a block, perfect. Best block EVER. Lebron>>>>All of us. JRich should be kicked out of the NBA. Lebron is the man.

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    No were all comparing it because its showing what is a flagrent and what is not… among other things

  • Fred34

    Well I love J-Rich, but towards the end of the 4th with not much time left, without being 20 feet away from other players AND knowing that block-master LeBron is in the game . . . . might not been the best of decisions in his lifetime (whether or not there was a foul). Reminds me of a line from White Men Can’t Jump

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    Lol scarcasm… enough of this its either a great block or a cheap no-call depending on how you look at it…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    This seems like a good time to let everyone in on a little secret: James the balla is actually on the Slam payroll. See, there are times when we feel like the level of discussion in Slamonline comments actually gets too intelligent, to the point that even readers of average intellect might get left behind. So we’ve planted James to post comments of such outrageous stupidity that things can’t help but average out. It’s called “looking out for our readers.” You’re welcome.
    And seriously, great work James. You might just get that bonus after all.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    Even if he did foul him it’s not like it was an egregious how could they miss that one type of foul…

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    You couldn’t afford me lol.

  • http://www.youtube.com/teamairyork blackice87

    did jrich get hurt? no. is the play funny? yes.

    this is just one of those things if it wasn’t lebron than no one would care….but then noone but lebron could probably do something like this.

  • German Reignman

    him and chukaz ?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    lol, indeed.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    I know I sound ridiculous somedays (most days). I am a really out spoken person. But ya’ll are so far up Bron’s ssa that most of you are walking around with sh1t on the TOP of your sneakers!!

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Ryan; I was suspecting this James the Balla-scheme. Good way to keep the average NBA interested Tom Toolbox reading on.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    @Marcel Mutoni you need to shut down and quit. Anyone with the conjoles and ability to reject a 360 slam in your house own house is raw and is exactly why I watch an NBA game during March Madness becuase, when you see things like this it makes the rest of March seem like childs play.
    This makes me feel much better about Iverson getting done dirty by Lebron because the dude is rejecting former dunk champions slam.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    It’s a fine line between being outspoken and just plain stupid. James is no expert linedancer.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    lol that is good.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Why can’t the Lakers plane crash so James can commit suicide? Oh…..no foul……and obviously no head slap like Ariza did. J-Rich was an idiot.

  • http://courtsidebasketball.blogspot.com/ stu

    “..a guy is going up like that, especially to do something to get the fans going..”

    officially the dumbest quote i’ve heard all season. f*ck the fans, you hump – down 2, it’s about the W for your team. and you cost them it right here. stupid head.

    that was, flat out, an incredible play by bron. just incredible. wow. bleep.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I don’t know if this constitues sucking Lebrons balls…..but how quickly he got from the free throw line to the ball is just unbelievable for a dude his size.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Eboy, quit appreciating talent!

  • http://google canadian

    This is nothing like the Ariza/Rudy play because the reason Rudy fell hard was because Ariza grabbed his left wrist on the way down and pulled him down and to the left. The “hit” on the head was not the issue. Yes, this was clearly a foul and I wish the favoritism calls could end.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    It’s also pretty amazing that he barely made body contact going that quick and with Jason’s momentum from the spin. Block of the year, indeed.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Boy…..there are some pure morons in this world.

  • http://google canadian

    I guess what I should have said is that, if someone did this to Lebron, it would be called a foul. It was amazing.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    There was not so much contact that they should have called a foul. Like E, i appreciate the greatness of the block. Not many players would have attempted to block a 360…..

  • http://courtsidebasketball.blogspot.com/ stu

    imagine if rudy did that to ariza!.. ok, i’m totally joking.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    J-Rich is really a tool. The fans really needed to ‘get going’ in the 4th quarter of a tight high-scoring game featuring a superstar on the opposing team? Really? / I think it was a foul though. I wouldn’t have been mad if they had called that on LeBron. He got the wrist as well, not just the hand. But I’m glad they didn’t call it so we can appreciate how much of a tool J-Rich is.

  • reggie haters

    Fred34…great call on the line from white men cant jump. agreed.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    @Eboy I bet you would feel pretty bad if I did off myself. Naw but it is impressive that he got from the foul line to get the block. Again… what I am saying is it is very dangerous. It was a foul. And he could have really hurt J Rich.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    But he didn’t. And I didn’t mean that literally, James….just kill your screen name. I like you ’cause you’re simplistic.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    It is alright. I like myself to much to kill myself. And when ya’ll one day see me on tv it will be cool lol. And, yeah he did lol!!

  • Fernando Sanchez

    Who was that missed a tip-dunk and an open dunk? Oh yea,… and uh, slapping the rist is not a block.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    !

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    75% of Lebron and Wade’s blocks are fouls. Refs let it happen because the leauge needs it.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    a) There’s no way that should have been called a foul. b) Dumbest offensive play of the year? Definitely a finalist. c) Good thing Jason Richardson wasn’t playing for the Spurs at the time or he would have been dead before he hit the ground. I’m not sure whether Gregg Popovich’s looks can literally kill, but Jason would have found out definitively one way or the other. d) First initial-first syllable “nicknames” should be entirely deaded except for when there’s a space issue (like in a headline). Ugh.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    Lebron’s block on Barbossa last night was crazy. 100% clean.

  • Ritchie

    Agree with BET

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    russ said something very true.

  • Tuomas

    Block of the year? Sure. I mean, it’s not like there’s no precedent: Jackie’s husband had a goaltend (off the backboard) as the top block of ’01. I’m pretty sure that when the mightily ambiguous NBA rulebook states “hand is part of the ball” and “contact which occurs on the hand of the offensive player, while that hand is in contact with the ball, is legal”, it doesn’t mean you can hit a shooter on the wrist (that isn’t in contact with the ball) before you get the ball.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Ryan: My boss is in the room and I am -HOLDING- myself back from just cracking up and rolling on the floor after that burn on James. Amazing stuff.

  • Tuomas

    And did J-Rich have a major league brainfart? Hell yes. But as Clint said, “deserve’s got nothing to do with it”. Although he sure did deserve it.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Even if by some stretch of the imagination that WAS a foul (which it wasn’t), if you’re dumb enough to try a 360 in a close game without making absolutely sure that no one’s going to catch you, there is NO WAY you should be gifted with free throws no matter how hard you get hit. LeBron should have been allowed to go all Lawrence Taylor on him if he wanted to.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    If the block of the year came from this game, it should be Lebron’s on Barbossa. He flung that thing off the backboard. It looked bannanas on NBA.com

  • Tuomas

    Russ, if you’re of the opinion that it wasn’t a foul, it might be more believable if you tried to back it up somehow. Right after you point out where in the rules it says (or even implies) that when you’re fouled making a dumba** play, it really isn’t a foul. I laugh at J-Rich just as much as the next guy, but I still like my blocks to be, you know, actual blocks.

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  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ SPANOULIS

    @james the balla…:my friend i felt exactly the same way when i first saw it…anybody who has ever tried something like this(and i used to try that kind of things on the blacktop, really stupid when i am thinking about it now,but when you are 20…) can feel how vulnerable you are while on a 360 …yes,Lebron’s jump is really impressive but he could have really hurt J.Rich in a T.J.Ford way or worse…so ,James, since you are one of the very few here that actually play real basketball (PS3 doesn’t count,sorry kids)you will have to hear it from guys that do their thing in places where you can dunk from midcourt while having 3 guys hanging from your feet….!!!! (but at the same time those guys bring revenue to our favorite league,helping this way the expansion of the game so you got to take the good with the bad…)and James…:keep dunking!!!!

  • KickFreak

    foul for sure

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ SPANOULIS

    by the way….:OLYMPIAKOS made the surprise of the year last night winning at Spain and gaining home-court advantage for the EUROLEGUE quarterfinals.Papaloukas was great as well as Halperin and Vouisic.Even Josh managed to help a little bit from the bench…now,we play against Real Madrid (best of five). Possible final-4 (Berlin) : OLYMPIAKOS, BARCELONA,PANATHINAIKOS,CSKA.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    You would think it was a clothesline of some sort the way yall are crying foul. Seriously, there was not enough contact to call that a foul. Get over it.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Does good ol’ SPANNY know that James was defending Ariza for doing the exact same thing a couple of days ago?

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Looked like a foul, but you don’t go for 360 in traffic and expect a foul.
    Dummy.

  • neaorin

    So… you’re down two in the fourth, your team needs every win it can get to stay in the playoff picture, LeBron is on the floor… and you go for the 360? That was a foul, but you don’t do that if you play to win. You do that if what you care about is showing off. If he goes for a straight two-handed dunk he either gets two points or the and-1. He shouldn’t have seen the floor afterwards.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Get that weak stuff otta here!
    “wah wahhh JRich might have gotten hurt”: JRich also might have killed himself and his kid in a speeding car, pretty sure Bron didn’t foul him then.

  • sab

    amazed that there’s much more to say – “Allenp” has summed it up perfectly. anything else is hating/whining…

  • LebronzaSpearchucker

    Lebron is such a dummy. He is a whinny little girl that gets special treatment because he is a superstar. That was clearly a foul and anyone who says that was a good “block” is just as dumb as lebron. Go to hell lebron fans

  • CHE

    Basketball is basketball, for those of you saying it is dangerous to try and block someone doing a 360 dunk are dumb. So anytime someone goes up crazy to the basket to try and do a spectacular dunk everyone should clear the way for him to dunk so he doesn’t hurt himself? I applaud Lebron for not giving up on the play unlike 95% of the rest of the league that would have just let Jrich dunk. It sends a message to the other team and also to the league that Lebron means business. He has been doing these types of blocks all year. It was a foul but given the fact that J-rich was spinning in the air it was hard to see the contact form the refs view. They didn’t get an overhead view like most of us did on T.V. There were alot of no calls in that game (like grant hills charge on varejao and they called a foul on varejao). Great game to watch though.

  • riggs

    @lebronzaspearchucker: wow @ your name, racist much?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    LebronzaSpearchucker should be banned for hatred and ignorance…..not basketball stupidity like the rest of the jerkoffs.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    It ain’t Lebron’s job to protect other players who want to do 360 dunks. Look, JRich got fouled, but he looks weak complaining about the foul. He knows that 360 was stupid, he was showboating. If you’re showboating and something bad happens to you, you just have to suck it up and deal. Don’t look for help or sympathy.

  • Joseph

    foul

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    This is probably my favourite things that’s happened-ever.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Between this and the link to Karl Malone agreeing with Sean Hannity, it’s like extra-stupid day at Slamonline. I’m gonna go watch Jon Stewart’s surgical removal of Jim Cramer’s nuts on a loop for the next few hours. Hopefully that’ll balance things out.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    let’s not dignify the closet racists hiding behind their keyboards by commenting about them

  • http://www.realultimatepower.com doyouwantmore

    Foul.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Had to give Jim Cramer credit though. He went on Jon Stewart’s show and essentially the first thing he said was “we f*cked up, hold us accountable, we’re fair game”, and let’s have an intelligent discussion

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Sorry Tuomas, next time I’ll provide charts and maybe come up with a new statistic.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    I can’t imagine Papa Bear of His Limbaughness doing the same.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Cramer’s no Limbaugh, but you’re still giving him WAY too much credit, Joel.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    PS: Karl Malone and Sean Hannity agree that this was a foul.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    How did Lebron “nearly kill” him? It was either all ball, or a slap on the wrist. If someone’s doing a 360 and there’s full-body contact or a swipe on the head (a la Ariza), of course there’s danger. If someone goes up and you grab him by the back of the neck with two hands and throw him face first into the ground, f*ck yeah there’s danger (a la Big Baby). But a slap on the hands isn’t going to hurt you, whatever dunk or layup you’re doing.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Ryan wins.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Point noted, Ryan. Maybe cuz I’m uh hopefully going into a similar line of work sometime soon and kinda get where he’s coming from. But Jon Stewart makes some powerful points, and the “there’s a market for crack and hookers” line was really a zinger.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Silly play by J-Rich though. Getting the crowd into it is one thing, but the crowd isn’t playing the game. So dunk it strong and simply, don’t leave it up to the refs’ judgment. It’s not like we haven’t seen him do a 360 hundreds of times by now, it’s not like he’s Mike Taylor…

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    And, well, whether or not Jim Cramer deserves credit for coming on Jon Stewart’s show, I think it was a great decision by all parties involved to have them have a sit-down (really a smackdown) discussion and end the silliness that the mainstream media has been making out of this. They’re making too big a deal out of this. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert get paid to dig deeper (for truthiness?) and to point out the wrongs that are going on; if it isn’t Jim Cramer today it’s Rick Santelli (who IMHO is worse) or Bernie Madoff or W or Cheney, etc. I just think that they’re overhyping this “Stewart-Cramer” beef, when there are more important things to be worried about right now.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    This is an opportunity right now to take a good look at the financial system and flush out the parts and personnel that have become obsolete, rotten or corrupt over the years. But it deserves less media attention, even though it *attracts* a lot of it. It’s just that we can spend the next few months obsessing over the witch hunt to dig out every Allen Stanford and Bernie Madoff there is, or we can focus on moving forward like covenants and regulations on the bailout bills, or on infrastructure projects and regulatory reform, etc.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    the Colbert- Richard Branson TRAINWRECK SHOWDOWN of an interview was more epic. they threw water at each other!

  • nbk

    To be honest I was there and the crowd was just as pissed at Jason Richardson as they were at LeBron. Obviously a foul, but still you don’t run around with Raw meat in a lions den. Don’t do 360′s with LeBron on the court when your DOWN 7.

  • Tuomas

    Fair enough Russ, please do. That will inevitably be hilarious enough for me to concede.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    We certainly agree that the mainstream media, particularly the TV version, suck. That said, they do it because it gets ratings, which of course means the American people suck, too.
    Again, no real surprises here.

  • Tuomas

    Anyone else find it amusing and totally unsurprising who (of all posters) Theomarianikosspammyandwhatnot decided to select as his new BFF? Oh, everyone. Nevermind.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    jrich23 via Twitter: “Clearly was a foul on that 360 I did. I watch the replay 20 times n still couldn’t see LJ getting any part of the ball.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    “That was really stupid trying a 360 down the stretch in a close game,” he failed to add.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    *wonders whether it was just a setup to build intrigue for the 2010 dunk contest*

  • Tuomas

    Clearly not a foul. I now have a new least favorite NBA player. My most sincere apologies sir.

  • http://courtsidebasketball.blogspot.com/ stu

    richardson should have to surrender the number 23 for the rest of his career. call it the ‘owned’ rule. ‘bron should get to go all bone collector, retrieving 23′s around the L. block of the year, dumb*ss play of the year, stupid *ss locker room transcript of the year. hey jrich23/twitter, i didn’t see you get any part of the W.

  • nbk

    Stu gets angry commentator of the year

  • karma

    I dont care if it was Lebron or Kobe or whoever…have any of you ever done a 360 before? When you’re spinning in the air, the last thing you need is someone trying to block your shot..if that happens, there’s a good chance the contact could end up hurting you. A play like that could result in a broken neck. I don’t like Lebron, but I respect his game. Some of you guys need to SERIOUSLY hop off his dick. Dude’s amazing, but that was an unncessary block. If he’s laying it in sure; if hes half way done a 360, not so much.

    All I’m going to say is…if Kobe had made that block, Eboy, Ryan, and whoeever else would not only be crying “foul”, I’m sure they’d be going to the extreme opposing him.

    Also, if that had been Lebron’s 360 that was blocked (hes not enough of a skilled dunker to do a 360 anyway), you would have been crying FOUL or suspension or something along those lines.

    Seriously, I know he’s a great player, but your mouth and his balls do not need to have constant contact.

  • nbk

    Karma you are a moron. The game was not a blowout either way, it was a close game why the f-bomb would ANYONE let a guy do a 360 if stopping it is an option? By doing that LeBron James stopped two points which resulted in a 3 and a free throw for the Cavs. That adds up to 7 points flipped against the Suns all because Richardson was trying to “excite the crowd” which was actually already louder then normal. Add in the fact that it was the first time the stadium has been filled in about 2 weeks Richardson was unnessecarily putting himself in danger. You don’t just let someone go because they are doing a 360 or what I call stupid. The Suns lost that game and the main momentum swing was LeBrons block/foul. I could hear people when I was leaving the Arena asking if the Suns new strategy was to lose as many games as they could to help the Thunder get a better draft pick, or asking if the Suns were just trying to run off their fans all together.

  • http://jimrogers-investments.blogspot.com/ SPANOULIS

    Thunder has the Suns pick…??!!! Perfect!!!

  • http://jimrogers-investments.blogspot.com/ SPANOULIS

    …and speaking about the Thunder… DURANT!!!! DURANT!!!!DURANT!!!! DURANT!!!!DURANT!!!! DURANT!!!!DURANT!!!! DURANT!!!!DURANT!!!! DURANT!!!!DURANT!!!! DURANT!!!!DURANT!!!! DURANT!!!!(just for giving us hope that we can live in a world that Lebron is not the best player after Kobe slows down…)

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Thinking that you shouldn’t try to block another player because he’s doing a 360 is literally the stupidest (sports related) thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Unbelieveable.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    The Thunder will be a playoff team NEXT season, bet it.

  • karma

    I didnt say he shouldn’t do it. I said its dangerous. If you dont think trying to initiate contact with someone while they’re doing a 360 is dangerous, then you’re either a moron or have not played a second of basketall in your life.

  • http://jimrogers-investments.blogspot.com/ SPANOULIS

    @karma…..:most of the kids here don’t play basketball except on videogames (sad but true…). Also,to be called a moron by nbk is always an honor.

  • nbk

    It is dangerous which is exactly why RICHARDSON should not have done it. But the fact that your support is the Cartoon Spanoulis should say enough to how much of a moron you are for thinking it is LeBron’s fault not Richardson’s

  • http://jimrogers-investments.blogspot.com/ SPANOULIS

    @karma…:see…

  • Jack

    That wasn’t a foul.

  • karma

    NBK, my arguement is that TRYING TO INTITIATE CONTACT while in the midst of a 360 is actually really dangerous. Any time there is contact while you’re in motion is obviously dangerous, but if a person is spinning in the air, hitting them wrongly could result in a really serious injury. When you’re spinning, you have an idea of where you are, but you have no control of it. Had Lebron mistimed his attempt or even struck J-Rich in the wrong area, there’s a great chance he could have been hurt. I dont even care if its a foul or not, I just think its a dumb move. Of course, J-Rich is dumb for trying to showboat, but I’ve seen worse. I find it funny tht people wanted Ariza’s head cut off, and Lebron does something that is of the same caliber of hurting another player, and he gets REWARDED for it.

  • Tommy Vercetti

    C-L-A-S-S-I-C

  • wilz

    the refs seriously thought lebron was so magical he could cleanly block someone doing a 360…prolly the smartest thing j-rich coulda done because an easy dunk would have been blocked for sure

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Yup, because an easy dunk takes a lot longer to do than a 360.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Is Lebron somehow even more polarizing than Kobe Bryant today?

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Some of the collective arguments earlier in this post go like this: “JRich admittedly shouldn’t have tried something fancy in a close game… nonetheless since he was pulling off a 360 dunk, which if interrupted midair is potentially dangerous, Lebron SHOULD KNOW BETTER than to try and block his shot and risk injuring JRich.” Wow.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Also, there are probably only a handful of players out there who have the ability to make that block as clean as Lebron did – maybe Tayshaun, DWade, Gerald Wallace and a few others. A mere mortal would’ve had no choice but to foul him in a harder fashion, which is even more dangerous. JRich was just being foolhardy.

  • http://courtsidebasketball.blogspot.com/ stu

    @nbk – angry.. nah, i’m a happy guy, see> :D pure emoticon happiness.
    we agree – anyone on here that says that ANY of what transpired is anything BUT richardson’s fault has got rocks in their head. he decided to showboat, down 2, game winding down.
    @karma – should ‘bron pre-assess every potential block, weigh up the pros and cons of his actions, come to a logical decision, then decide if he’s going to INSTINCTIVELY BLOCK A DUNK ATTEMPT HAPPENING RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM?
    i agree with you that in theory, ariza did the same thing. i defended him just as i am lebron. it shouldn’t have mattered if richardson cartwheeled, a cape popped out, then did a somersault while producing a cupcake, all blindfolded – if it is in a game, there’s no rule against a block attempt. fin.

  • http://www.benfolds.com/acappella Dacre

    ciolkstar Posted: Mar.13 at 6:28 pm
    Thinking that you shouldn’t try to block another player because he’s doing a 360 is literally the stupidest (sports related) thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Unbelieveable.
    ________________________________________________
    Also you shouldn’t run at a guy open on the 3pt line because he’ll hit it anyway and draw a foul.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Spanoulis and James… What a remarkable duo.

  • .

    you know whats funny ariza got so much bait for making a play similar to this on rudy the other night during the portland laker game, the difference being rudy ended up having an unfortunate fall, but this play mirrors almost exactly arizas.

    so then lebron does a similar play except richardson doesn’t get hurt AND theres no foul call, while ariza gets ejected. where are the cries that he could have been seriously injured? where are the outraged fans?

    i love the double standard, at least be consistent to all of you that moan and groan

  • karma

    Clearly disagreeing with ANYTHING about LeGlobal Icon doesn’t sit well with many of you.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Hate to say it, but the average IQ of the posters has gone down a bit in the last few months. \ Next time you need a two at the end of a close game, just drive the lane and spin in the air. People will know better than to hit your wrist. You know how many people die every year from being hit on the wrist whilst spinning in the air? A lot.

  • http://jimrogers-investments.blogspot.com/ SPANOULIS

    @Z….:0-2 today. GO LIVERPOOL!!!!!

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    The benefit of being a king

  • OneStep

    It was a foul plain and simple. Should he have attempted a 360 in the circumstances without clear daylight between him and the defense? That’s why J-Rich has never and perhaps will never establish himself as an elite player. You’ve got to know what to do and when to do it (with the exception of Vince and his 360 down the lane against the Lakers a few years back). It was still a foul but I hope J-Rich has learned some kind of lesson from it. I just doubt that he will. Bring back Raja!

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    Z, everything after your post should be deleted and you should get a trophy for that last one. Really, I don’t even think Spanoulis agrees with James (I cringe when I say this, but he’s smarter than that)… I just think good ol’ Spanny tries to attack Lebron James every chance he gets, and this is one of his chances. He’s got a PhD in trolling.

  • ab_40

    it was a foul but damn just the guts to try and block a 360… sick

  • Tim

    It was simply a good hustle play Lebron made in attempt from stopping an easy 2, he had no way of knowing Jrich was going to do a 360 and its not his fault that he did, J should probably make sure he’s wide open next time before he tries another one in the open court

  • karma

    Please dont question my intelligence with stupid comments Z. I am a University student, I play basketball, and I’ve watched basketball since I was 7 years old. I would think I am qualified to voice my opinion on the matter. You can shut up now.

  • Nbk

    For someone who has “played basketball since you were 7″ your awfully ignorant. Have you ever played in a game in which those guys with striped shirts were running around? Didn’t your coaches if you ever played competitive basketball tell you that when you showboat NO REF will give you the benefit of the doubt? Plus there is the fact that if you have ever played with even a decent coach they will tell you in a close game to make the smart play not the fancy one…… basically what your saying by implying LeBron should have let Jason Richardson go is that the Dunk is more important then the points and that it is better to see someone do a 360 then to actually care about the win. Your an idiot and an even bigger idiot for thinking your right.

  • http://www.azfans.com Arizona Sports

    Not a foul, considering the context. But, by definition, yes. I can’t blame the refs for not calling it, but I can blame LeBron for saying he got “all ball”!

  • http://marcfaberblog.blogspot.com/ SPANOULIS

    @Z……: 1-4 !!!! 1-4 !!!!!!!!!YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE!!!! (HOPE TO SEE YOU IN ROME….)

  • http://marcfaberblog.blogspot.com/ SPANOULIS

    @everyone…:stop fooling yourself by saying that it was a close game and Lebronze had to go for the block etc…it was just a meaningless regular season game (where real players like Manu rest themselves for the playoffs & summer international competition while cartoons like A.I. score in bunches to keep their infant clients happy). In that kind of games highlights is the most important thing and Lebron should knew this since he is exactly in this kind of business. But being selfish and a coward (like the summer game against Australia demonstrated to the world) he goes for his once again,blocking the easiest dunk to be blocked in basketball (unlike PS3, while on an ACTUAL 360 you cannot change directions or do something else). Of course that doesn’t mean that Lebron isn’t a great player….

  • http://marcfaberblog.blogspot.com/ SPANOULIS

    D.WADE for MVP!!! like i already said: get ready in a few months to live 1989 once again….(Lebronze or Kobe over WADE, like Magic was over Mike then…)

  • jufu

    first of all, i really don’t like mutoni’s attitude towards the king. dam, what do you have against the man? and it was a clear block, don’t let your goddamn biased opinion of the guy dictate ur call! christ!

  • BostonBaller

    I was impressed with both efforts but it was a foul and the term “the hand is part of the ball” is subjective. That phrase doesn’t apply here since he had ALL wrist and very little if any ball. lol

    I applaud James’ effort on D but these guys going up slow and soft make it easy.. For an impartial view (not commentary) go to youtube and put in Lebron Crab Blocks Richardson. It’s just that simple folks….

  • tizzle

    Truth Posted: Mar.13 at 9:39 am
    Trevor shouldn’t have been called for a flagrant foul either. LOL @ these young cats in the league trying to showboat like they can dunk in traffic, when your name isn’t MJ, Dr. Jay, Nique, Lebron, Kobe, or VC. Clear breakaways are fine for dunks by lightweight guys like Fernandez, but this is not college, and definitely not Euro league… you will get a beating in the NBA!!! If J Rich thinks he can do a 360 in a game, he needs to enter the dunk contest at the all star weekend!..

    Jrich is a multiple dunk contest winner with some of the best dunks seen in the dunk contest

  • Jackie Moon

    Why get mad at Lebron for doing what he did, or castigate J-Rich for going for a 360 dunk? The refs muffed the call. That’s where the anger and fault should lie.

  • http://nextgg.com DMC14

    my opinion of a flagrant in these situations without being obvious is when you run under their feet while there in the air going for a shot/dunk. jrich could’a gone either way rudy was a foul but i dont think ariza meant to hurt him. like what someone else said rudy aint the biggest guy wouldn’t take to much to knock him off balance and he did land awkward.

  • dave42

    okay it was a foul, but it’s one i almost agree with not calling. jrich did something straight idiotic.

    some of you counter that lebron would’ve gotten the call if he was dunking it? yeah your right, but you know what?

    lebron doesn’t do stupid crap like a 360 on a breakaway with a fast shotblocker on the floor! ever! he does great dunks but they are with in the contexts of the games! if jrich went up for a normal dunk (which lebron wouldn’t have caught him in time anyway) and lebron hacked his wrist, i’d totally expect a foul. but you know, people doing stupid crap like that… jrich deserved to be made to look like an idiot. why? because he was an idiot.

  • jay

    he just pulled Jrich’s whole card.

  • Tom

    refs love Bron to much to call that on him

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Z
    That was a funny comment about spinning in the air. I actually laughed for real.

  • mitchell

    j rich shouldnt of tryed to do a show off dunk of he would have dunked it regular he would of made it in time lol lebron is just a beast so he would have probally blocked it no matter wut

  • Nate James

    i think it was a foul.

  • Airmack19

    All you playa haters… what’s up??? Give Lebron his props… he dominates… period. He does what is necessary to win and gets everyone else involved. He has lived up to and exceeded the hype from day one. JRich was pretty selfish to try to showboat in a situation like that. I guess he did not have a rear view mirror before he tried that junk (objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear). He will just hustle and lay the ball in next time…

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