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Thursday, March 28th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  207 responses

LeBron James Upset With Hard Fouls as Heat Winning Streak Ends


by Marcel Mutoni@ marcel_mutoni

After terrorizing the NBA for 27 consecutive games, the Miami Heat came crashing back down to Earth last night in Chicago, as the severely short-handed Bulls put an end to their historic winning streak.

The Chicago Bulls were very physical with LeBron James when he attacked the hoop, and in his frustration, he earned himself a flagrant foul by driving a shoulder into Carlos Boozer’s chest.

LeBron James was not a happy man following the loss — LBJ ripped the Bulls in his comments to the media about the hard fouls they delivered.

Per the AP:

“I’m not sitting here crying about anything,” James said. “I play the game at a high level, I play with a lot of aggression, I understand that some of the plays are on the borderline of a basketball play or not. But sometimes, you know, I don’t know … it’s frustrating.” [...] James often asks referees why he doesn’t get more calls, given that there often is some level of contact whenever he’s around the rim in particular. [Dwyane] Wade likened how James gets officiated to the way Shaquille O’Neal was, in that sometimes isn’t always better to be bigger and stronger than just about everyone else.

James’ comments will likely be at least reviewed by the league, which could also issue a fine for complaints about officiating. “I believe, and I know, that a lot of my fouls are not basketball plays,” James said. “First of all, Kirk Hinrich in the first quarter basically grabbed me with two hands and brought me to the ground. And the last one, Taj Gibson was able to collar me around my shoulder and bring me to the ground. Those are not basketball plays. And it’s been happening all year. I’ve been able to keep my cool and try to tell Spo, ‘Let’s not worry about it too much,’ but it is getting to me a little bit.”

The Miami Heat posted the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, falling just six games shy of matching the 33-game run set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. They now turn their attention to a considerably more important streak.

In their quest for a second straight title, LeBron and company can expect many more hard fouls from opponents.

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  • LP

    Winning Streak Ends. WINing streak begins. Don’t do this, Lebron! having too good of a season to start this……..

  • Anthony Dixon

    lol this comical.. A bully can’t say “he hit me” .

  • DannyAingesBarber

    He goes barreling down the lane looking to create contact, and now he’s going to act like he’s getting hit too hard? Comments like this are the reason that so many hate LBJ, even though he’s by far the best player in the NBA. He really needs to get some self awareness.

  • Ses

    Well Said!!!

  • Big Wes

    *whining

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    He has good reason to speak out. Easy for people who aren’t taking those hard hits to say he’s whining. He has to start delivering some shots himself. Blake Griffin also. The horse collar from Gibson was unnecessary. Hopefully he begins to deliver some hard fouls himself. I knew that once they lost, folks who had to stay quiet while they were winning would start chirping. People now have to really look for reasons to dislike him, it’s not because of comments like this. Guys take hard swipes on the strongest players. They should do damage themselves to send a message.

  • pdouggg

    imagine if he played in the 90′s..

  • pposse

    that was hardly a horsecollar on gibson, in fact, the refs reviewed the play and rescinded the flagrant!

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Never necessary to put your arms anywhere near a guy’s neck or higher.

  • pposse

    yeah well he didnt put his hands on his neck, review the tape he slapped him in the chest and may have got him with a slight elbow on the follow thru. Never wrapped him near the shoulder or anything. He got all discombobulated cause Butler reached for the ball while Lebron was trying to go up strong and rip thru the hack. And Kirk simply wrapped up a guy who barrelled directly into his chest, sure Kirk was backpedaling but Lebron needs to quit acting like he froze Kirk or left him behind with that cross over. If his post game comments were due to those two plays, then Lebron is engaging in drama.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    People have to really reach now to find a reason to dislike him. When’s the last time he made a comment like this? Been quite a while. He doesn’t say much. The referees need to be aware of fouls that may be uncalled for on players who happen to be stronger than most of the other guys. If they don’t handle it, players need to handle it themselves.

  • LP

    *whining!!!!!

  • jeiko

    What more if Lebrick play in the 90′s. This is only a lady foul in that era..That’s why Lebrick is very lucky in this era..I believe he cannot do what he does if he play in the 90′s.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    LeBrick, really? After the 2012 he had and how he’s played this season? Stupid.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Don’t think his comments were just about last night. It seems to have been going on for a while. But he didn’t want to say anything during that streak because it would have looked funny. Now that it’s over and everything’s back to normal, it’s a better time to say something.

  • Anthony Dixon

    lol, man give up defending the big cry baby for once.

  • The Philosopher

    I’mTIREDofthis’sh!t!!!!

  • RedDragon10

    He’s got a pretty good point though. I don’t know if you watched the game or not but he was hit several times that would of been called a foul on any other “normal” player. The fact of the matter is even when he gets hit hard “barreling down the lane,” the refs sometimes don’t call the foul due to his physique. This is the same thing that happened when shaq was dominating the league back in the late 90′s early 00′s.

  • roscoe

    but bron bron is the king man… he really is.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Man give up your ridiculous comments on him for once. Did you watch him making the comments? Did it look like he was crying?

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Thank you.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    The referees need to call every player the same regardless of how strong they are. If not, then players will start dishing out their own punishment. If LeBron starts hitting people too and players start getting hurt because they’re not as powerful as he is, the league will have a huge problem on their hands. It’s up to the referees to control it. The same thing used to happen to Iverson. Guys foul hard if someone is too strong or if they’re really small. Iverson took a lot of bad hits too. He couldn’t retaliate. LeBron can and should if it continues.

  • Sizzle

    People that dislike him just look for any reason to hate him. For the past 15 months they couldn’t find anything (regular season mvp, finals mvp, world champion, olympic gold medalist, 27 game win streak, etc.). Now they think they have something and it is a mere quote from a post game presser. Pathetic if you ask me.

  • Conor

    This guy didn’t get called for a single foul for six consecutive games this season. He should stop talking.

    God, I’d love to see James in the 80s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    the BUlls played some big boy basketball last night

  • Sizzle

    You probably weren’t even born in the 90′s

  • shockexchange

    These teams are employing the “LeBron Rules … Keys to Stopping LeBron James.” What has the Shock Exchange created?

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Agree.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the concept of a flagrant would be different. so his complaining would probably follow suit.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Jock Itch!!

  • kstarr

    give me a break the dude tackled him and gibson smacked him in the face with 2 arms….really man self awareness

  • kstarr

    you sound like a hater

  • K_HOLIDAY

    What makes him a bully? We’re punishing him for his physique?

  • K_HOLIDAY

    LOL! Word!

  • K_HOLIDAY

    James Harden goes barreling down the lane looking for contact and he doesnt get fouled the way Lebron James does… Call it what you want, but I think the dude has a point here.

  • Anthony Dixon

    Bully meaning forcing his way into the paint. Throwing his body around trying to get a foul called.

  • Anthony Dixon

    you sound like a Heat Fan

  • LP

    BUT, they called the foul ….whats the problem…….

  • Anthony Dixon

    lol “crying” means complaining too.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Every guard in the NBA forces their way into the paint and throws their body around trying to draw a foul! C’mon man!

  • Anthony Dixon

    He’s the best but this double standard stuff is bad. He act like they were punching him or something. Hinrich didn’t hurt him.

  • Ugh

    Total, whinging crap. The Heinrich foul is a perfect, professional fast-break foul. He grabbed him, pinned his arms and went down with him. He can’t be called for a tech because there was no intent to harm, only to stop the shot, James can’t get off the shot because his arms are pinned, and Heinrich even provided a soft, white cushion for the guy to land on.

    This is like when he complained the referees needed to clarify to him what a ‘travel’ was.

  • Anthony Dixon

    so its okay for that to happen but a defender can’t do the same? He was grabbed , so what. Nobody is trying to get embarrassed

  • LP

    Bro, NBA players take contact on EVERY SINGLE PLAY. They can’t call every call..Lebron gets his fair share of favorable calls, and they miss some….It’s apart of the game, apart of being great….He’d avg 42 if they called everything….

  • KASnow

    Maybe this has already been mentioned, but LeBron should just be happy he plays today when, for the most part, he is granted free access to the hoop. MJ was intentionally fouled routinely when he went airborne (see Piston’s game plan). MJ began shooting jumpers because of the constant beatings he took. The NBA has eased the rules (is traveling now a theoretical concept?) and LeBron is the primary beneficiary.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Never said the defender cant do the same but to call Lebron a bully is stupid

  • bike

    Considering LeBron’s strength, power, and the way he drives to the rim, anyone who wants to foul him hard runs the risk of getting hurt pretty bad. He’s pretty hard to piss off, but I would not want to be on the receiving end of a vicious elbow from The King.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Was it complaining or was it pointing something out that the league and referees need to be aware of? It was the latter. Pointing something out isn’t complaining.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Forcing his way into the paint or getting to the rim easily? There’s a difference. If that’s what you call bullying, then Iverson was maybe the biggest bully the league has ever seen.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    If a foul is there, you call it. Doesn’t matter who it is. And hard fouls that are flagrant fouls are flagrant fouls regardless of how strong the guy is who’s getting fouled. Players don’t take some of the hard fouls he takes on every single play.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    It would be a different style of play for everyone. Can’t compare eras that way. Different league. Different set of rules.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Learn how to spell Kirk Hinrich’s name first.

  • underdog

    I don’t want to take sides here. Only thing I want to say is, the hard fouls are going to come in play-off time… Oh, yeah, and sharing his frustration with the media is only going to be fuel to the fire, because we all know no player can hold him back, so at least they’ll try even more to make him flip.

  • shockexchange

    One of the most important doctrines ever written on sports, war or strategy and you make jokes about it? shh “shaking his head”

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Lol

  • RunNgun

    Complaining about calls… LBJ should be one to speak when he gets a lot of calls/non-calls which go his way. Can’t have your cake and eat it too, LBJ.

  • MACARONI

    That would truly be amazing to watch.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you mean when teams weren’t allowed to play zone defense? and he would have been a SF bigger than the average PF?
    .
    Sure buddy. That makes perfect sense.

  • 23

    LeBron would be an even GREATER defensive beast! Imagine if he was allowed to usr his hands on the perimeter! He would definitely LOCK ppl down

  • 23

    Lebrick after his 3rd season is uncalled for. Or just somebody who doesn’t know basketball

  • 23

    Plus imagine how great defensively LeBron would be. He’d be allowed to use his hands and with his size/athleticism he would be a nightmare

  • LakeShow

    I think we all know how the Heat CAN be beat now.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Meh, he should have just kept it to himself. When you lose talking about getting fouled hard doesn’t sit right. But the loss will just be motivation for them I expect.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    once?

  • LakeShow

    You can repeat ‘once’ 4 times haha.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    play Luol Deng 45 minutes each game, and hope the Heat shoot 7-20 from 3, while out rebounding them by 12?
    .
    i just don’t think so, lol. gotta find a better way if you want to beat them in a series.

  • bike

    He would have thrived just like Jordan did. Both Jordan and LeBron were/are unstoppable one on one and great one on one players flourished during that era.

  • DaBUU

    “I’m not sitting here crying about anything,” James said.

    As he sat there crying about everything.

  • Conor

    Literally every player in the contemporary NBA would become better if they were allowed to play (real) 80s/90s man-to-man defence. LeBron’s so great defensively he lets Luol Deng almost drop 30 on him, Green score nearly half of his 42 on him, and Rondo almost average a triple-double against him (including a 40+ point game). But he locked up Rose once two years ago, right? And he blocks point guards as the second or third help man, right?

    Best player in the game, but damn… if you’re going to jump sideways to draw bs And1s against your opponents and take three steps, consistently, don’t complain when a POINT GUARD improvises to prevent a basket.

    Kobe, Garnett, and Duncan have never complained like this. They welcome the contact because that’s how basketball SHOULD be played.

  • Conor

    His defence would improve dramatically, but he’d be whimpering on the court once or twice every game.

  • Swaggy Me

    Every game he is the biggest complainer. He may not often make a public statement about officials often but his on court whining more then makes up for that.

  • Max

    Hinrich even hurt himself worse than he did Lebron lol

  • LakeShow

    You gotta where some glasses man. It’s easy to see.

    Only certain defensive teams can do it though. Certain match-ups could end the Heat in the playoffs.

    They shot 4% less then they normally do from three.
    They can/will almost always be out rebounded.
    Their are quality wing defenders he’ll be matching up with beside Deng.

    Plus Deng has played 40 mins a game for the last three seasons.
    Yeah, Bron takes more out of you, but Deng’s got endurance.

  • Max

    To beat Miami you have to be able to shut down the role players like Chalmers, Ray and Battier while still playing stellar D on the big 3.
    I’d like to see Miami’s record when Chalmers scores more than 15 points.

  • Conor

    In all seriousness, he IS the best help defender in the League. But don’t act like he’s a lockdown individual defender.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Celtics match ups? LOL, exactly what in the world are you talking about? the Celtics are the one team that in no way matches up with Miami in a series. And they are the worst rebounding playoff team in the league.
    .
    Deng just played 45 minutes. That 5 minutes is kind of a big deal. Especially if you are tlaking about a series of 7 games in 14 days.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    You don’t watch much basketball. Every star player, even Tim Duncan, asks for calls and has something to say when they feel like they’re not getting calls.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Kobe doesn’t ask for calls in games or “complain” as you call it? Have you watched him play over the past 17 years? LeBron wasn’t complaining. He was pointing out something that he feels is wrong. There’s really a huge difference between the two.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    And Kobe would “whimper” 3 or 4 times a game. They all want calls during games.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    …Or speaking out about something he feels is wrong. Are people incapable of telling the difference between “crying” and simply bringing attention to something?

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Where was Deng’s endurance in 2011? What’s different about his endurance then and now? The Bulls were great defensively in 2011 and the Heat won 4-1. With DRose 100% healthy. And Wade nowhere near 100%. What is the difference now? Wade is healthy. LeBron is better. Asik and Brewer are gone. Rose is out. Can’t take 1 regular season game and come to any meaningful conclusions. The thing about Miami is that there appears to be no team who can beat them 4 times. Wade is going to score more than he did last night. Haslem probably won’t be fouling 3 times before the 2nd quarter. Teams can outrebound them all they want. There isn’t a team that can handle LeBron and Wade when they’re rolling. The only series they’ve lost together was in the 2011 Finals when LeBron disappeared. When they have both been playing well, they can’t be beaten.

  • kenny

    oh so it’d be ok for LeBron to grab Kirk Hinrich with both arms and bring him to the floor right?

  • Kenny

    Just like that “flagrant” foul on they called for “hitting” Boozer. I must’ve missed it, but I didn’t see Boozer move an inch.

  • Kenny

    THANK YOU.

  • kenny

    27 straight wins! proud to be a Heat fan! Hate LeBron all you want haha

  • Swaggy Me

    I watch plenty of basketball and I can definitely say that lebron complains more and gets more calls then most NBA players. He also used to get more no calls then other players especially a few yrs ago when he couldnt go a game with out traveling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6iibPJb-yo

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    I find it funny that people always yearn for the days of the Pistons and Knicks but when the Spurs/Pistons met in the 2005 Finals, no one watched. Goes to show that people would rather watch offensive minded teams go at it than defensive minded teams slug it out.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    When has LeBron grabbed anyone and brought him to the floor? If LeBron did the same thing to Kirk after Kirk did it to him, Kirk would have most likely gotten hurt because of how strong LeBron is. LeBron would have been penalized worse than Kirk. There lies the issue.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    LeBron travels at times, great. So do other star players and it’s not called. Plus, it’s called differently in the NBA than it is in college. You still apparently think that LeBron asks for calls more than anyone else. Which means that you haven’t watched everyone else. It’s pretty even.

  • Dagger

    I don’t see how this is hard to understand, but there’s a huge difference between:

    A) creating legitimate contact to score or hamper scoring, and,
    B) creating illegitimate contact that threatens injury to intimidate and disrupt the game.

    Lebron is complaining about the latter, just like Kobe did a few weeks back when he sprained his ankle. Nobody would ever say that Kobe or Lebron are soft or shy from contact. Obviously they’d never whine about not appreciating physical play, which is how some of you guys are taking their comments. Instead, they don’t appreciate the kind of dangerous plays that, for example, cause concussions, or turn muscles: the kind of injuries that remove the best players from the game. If those are the kinds of plays or injuries YOU want to see, you’re clearly not a fan of the NBA.

    A good article on this stuff: http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/56135/tackle-basketball-for-the-win

  • Redd

    Bad Boy Pistons & the Jordan Rules.

    That’s all.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    really think he’s planting a seed with the refs for the playoffs.
    .
    no real way to rationalize that the foul he committed was any more physical then what the Bulls did. Just the intent was different, he apparently, was making a point.

  • Conor

    This article is about James’ complaints to the media so I’m talking about his complaining to the media, jock rider.

    1+1=2

  • Conor

    Don’t mention Kobe’s name with James’ when it comes to toughness. Watch more replays of last year’s Finals and leave this conversation.

  • Conor

    Are you Henry Abbott?

  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    Thib gives him a new challenge. He invented a way to stop the unstoppables. So now, its Lebron who needs to step up and fight those things in his head. Thats what MJ, Shaq, Duncan did in those dynasties.

  • shockexchange

    LeBron has got to step it up. Now that Dallas and Chicago have caught on to the “LeBron Rules … Keys to Stopping LeBron James,” King James’ competitive advantage may be gone. Now he has to read my new book ( http://clicky.me/7VvE ) to stay one step ahead. The NBA Chip hangs in the balance …

  • 23

    Ok well your comparing LeBron to one most quiet superstar in pro sports history. Compare Duncan to Rodman, and you can make the case Rodman was a cry baby.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Aren’t you a Lakers fanatic? A guy whose team may not make the playoffs and if they do, they’ll be done in the 1st round. Watch other teams besides the Lakers. Since they have sucked this season, you should have had more time to watch other teams play. When is the last time he said anything about physical play to the media? Name it. Otherwise, you sound like a complete fool. If anyone’s a “jock rider”, it’s you with all of your ridiculous comments about your team. If you want some numbers, how about 37-35. Only 2 games above .500. Chew on those numbers kid. And enjoy watching your team staying home for the postseason or being sent home early in the playoffs thanks to the Spurs or Thunder.

  • The Seed

    Lebron fouled Boozer on the Nate Robinson three miss in the head twice, with his hands and should have been a foul. What did Boozer do look at him and move on. Bron needs to man up. He runs over people, put up his elbows on a late layup to get Butler off of him and now he is crying cause Kirk grabbed him. LOL

  • 23

    Can you do me a favor and show me where/when exactly I said LeBron is a lock down defender? Go ahead I’ll wait.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Are people stupid or do they just not know what they’re seeing? LeBron made comments about physical play in a pretty calm tone to let people know that some of it is unnecessary and people are saying he’s “crying”.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you realize he didn’t say this just to complain right?
    .
    it’s just to make the refs aware of this in the regular season, so it doesn’t happen in the playoffs.

  • LP

    anddddddddddd we are saying the fouls weren’t that physical…..so he is making comments about those fouls, so he is whining about ordinary @$$ fouls….. nice playoff fouls…!!!!! man up, don’t say sh!T, Lebron…

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Aww, are your feelings hurt because I mentioned Kobe? Toughness? Kobe’s missed 16 games in one season and 17 in another. The most games LeBron has missed in a season is 8. If you want to watch replays of Kobe in the Finals, you have to go back 3 seasons. And if you want replays of the Lakers doing anything worth mentioning in the playoffs, you have to go back 3 seasons also.

  • Dagger

    Shades of what Bird did to Laimbeer (end of video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLMYNxW6Mqs

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    He is simply making it known so that referees will watch for some fouls that aren’t necessary. Really, is this that difficult to understand? Or are people now happy that the Heat have lost so they’re coming out of the woodwork to say what they wish they could have said for the past 2 months while they were winning? And I have to laugh when people tell LeBron or any other NBA player to “man up”. When is the last time you took a foul in the NBA?…I’ll wait.

  • Conor

    Are you Henry Abbott? James’ cousin? Your protection of him is pretty personal…

    If you think games missed is a hindrance on toughness… man, I don’t know what to tell you other than that you must not understand basketball to think the two are even comparable.

    5/7>1/3

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha that video is moronic.

    .

    .– Jimmy Butler averages 1.0 fouls per game

    .– Tayshun Prince averages 1.1 fouls per game

    .– Andre Iguodala averages 1.6 fouls per game

    .– LeBron James averages 1.5 fouls per game

    .– Kevin Durant averages 1.8 fouls per game

    .– Nicolas Batum averages 1.9 fouls per game.

    whoever made that dumbass video should look up a guy named Wilt Chamberlain.

    .

    LeBron doesn’t foul alot because he simply doesn’t have to. He has the athletic ability to avoid needing to do the things physically to affect offensive player’s in the same way guys who foul more have to.
    .
    he doesn’t get any more superstar calls then anyone else. many people have tried to actually prove that he does with videos and analysis, still, nobody has actually done it successfully because there is just simply no proof to that dumb theory.

    .
    *edit: and many of the plays in the video are simply the person making the video not knowing the rules, rather than the referees making mistakes*

  • Dagger

    And? Was that good for the game? Do you want to bring that back? It’s a miracle that Jordan didn’t suffer a concussion, or worse. Personally, I want the best players in the game playing as often as possible, doing all the thing they’re capable of doing. If I want to see tackling and grappling I’ll watch MMA.

  • Conor

    I’d rather appreciate a team than a man, hahahaha

    I will enjoy watching them healthy next season. Whatever they do this year is fun because nobody expects anything of the Lakers anymore.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Ah, predictable. The rings argument. People talk about 5 out of 7 as if Kobe and LeBron have been in the league the same amount of time. Or as if LeBron came into the league playing with Shaquille O’Neal or any other great big man like Kobe did. Made it just a little bit easier for Kobe to get to the playoffs. Compared to LeBron playing with guys like Darius Miles and Ricky Davis. A favorite for Lakers/Kobe fans is the 5 rings argument. Let’s look at that 5 out of 7 shall we. The first 3 were with maybe the most physically dominant player not named Chamberlain in the history of basketball. A man who averaged 38 and 17, 33 and 16, and 36 and 12 in those 3 Finals. The second 2 came only after the most skilled big man in the league at the time arrived on the Lakers doorstep. During the time after Shaq left and before Gasol arrived, the Lakers missed the playoffs once and Kobe got to the point where he wanted to be traded. He was only Finals MVP for 2 out of the 5. If the Heat win this season and LeBron gets his 2nd Finals MVP paired with his 4th regular season MVP, he’ll be one step closer to moving Kobe aside on the all-time best players list.

  • Max

    You can’t say there were dirty, excessive fouls except for the one when Lebron kinda lost his headband.

  • Max

    It was called a flagrant because there was no play to the ball.

  • LP

    2ksports.!

  • Max

    Change moronic with hilarious, listen to the music lol.

  • Max

    You’re riding BronBron D pretty hard dude.

  • Bango

    I think they had to call that a flagrant, the camera was locked dead on Lebron, you could see the intent on his face haha. If the camera wasn’t there I think it would have been a normal foul

  • pposse

    you shoulda read Boozers lips he said “too big bron bron ahhhhh!”

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Name one thing I’ve said that shows that I’m “riding BronBron D pretty hard”. Name one thing I’ve said that shows that I’m doing anything more than just watching him play and commenting on what I see.

  • Max

    I haven’t seen a single comment not about Lebron/Miami.
    Acting like Kobe hopped on Shaq’s back to get his first 3 rings.
    Those are the symptoms man.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    No, those are truths. Kobe was 2nd behind Shaq on those teams. I wouldn’t call it “hopping on Shaq’s back” but there’s no doubt that those were Shaq’s Lakers. He had great moments but Shaq was consistently great. You haven’t seen a single comment not about LeBron and Miami because…this post is about LeBron James. Were you not aware of that? Can you not see the title of this post? What I see symptoms of is hate now that the Heat have lost and LeBron made some comments that were meant to get the attention of referees.

  • RedDragon10

    Not all the time. Plus, there is a difference between a flagrant and a normal foul

  • Comment_System

    Somewhere Carmelo Anthony is laughing at his statement.

  • RedDragon10

    I’m not sure I understand what you’re talking about.

  • Conor

    Those early Lakers teams wouldn’t have even made it out of the West if it wasn’t for Kobe. In 2001 & 2002, he was the best player in series against SAS and Sacramento, who were far superior to the East’s representatives. He was acknowledged as the best player in the League by his contemporaries between 2001-2010. Some, like Al Horford, still believe he is. I’ll take their word over yours.

    What’s wrong with you?

  • Conor

    My bad. Took your assertion of his lockdown with old school rules as being applied, to an extent, with modern rules.

  • Conor

    Duncan has complained to the refs every game of his life.

    He doesn’t bitch to the media, like Bryant and Garnett, which was the point I made.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    …Where would they have been without Shaq? Al Horford made a comment after 1 game against the Lakers that they lost while the rest of the world watched LeBron averaging 27, 8 and 7 and shooting 56% this season and wondered why he would say such a thing about Kobe when LeBron is clearly the best player and has been for a good 4 seasons. Of course, you would have to bring that one comment up because no one else has been foolish enough to say such a thing about a player not named LeBron. That’s all you have. Meanwhile, guys like Michael Jordan say that LeBron is the most dominant player in the league right now. So if that’s where you want to take it, who are you going with, Al Horford or Michael Jordan? I’ll go with MJ over both you and Horford. Now, what’s wrong with you? Who else, besides Horford, have said that Kobe is the best player this season? I’ll wait.

  • Max

    All your other comments are bout them aswell, on different articles.
    But let’s leave that behind us and move on lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    newsbreak – LBJ complains!

  • chicagoraised24

    its funny how these comments come out after they lose and there were no flagrent fouls in that game just good hard fouls. He is whining that the refs dont call flagrent fouls for him, dwight howard gets fouled harder than that every game from guys much bigger then kirk hinrich, and as far as refs missing calls on him i dont think so if anything they call a foul everytime someone touches him and hardly if every call a foul on him. There was a stretch of games this yr where lebron didnt get A SINGLE FOUL called on him NOT A ONE, and the refs also look the other way everytime he travels which is quite a lot and also everytime i starts from the top of the key and drives left he uses that right arm to push off everytime and they always call the foul. So all this crying he doing, miss me with that

  • chicagoraised24

    kirk grabbed him but he didnt pull him down, lebrons momentum threw them both down, not a flagrent

  • Redd

    Yea I mean, the freight train known as Lebron is more likely to get hurt by Kirk than Jordan was by the Pistons right?

    Man I feel bad for Lebron..Kirk is an NBA bully.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    That’s a comment one makes who hasn’t looked at all the posts on here which is just lazy on your part. If the post is about LeBron, I talk about LeBron. That’s usually what everyone does.

  • Dagger

    Dude, you and I could hurt Shaq if we gave him a cheap shot at the wrong moment. It’s not about the sizes of different players, it’s about the actions and the intent behind them.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Not surprised at all with everything you said and how off base you are. That name of yours says it all.

  • Diesel

    If lebron wanted to plant a seed with the

  • Max

    I have looked at all the posts.
    Have you ever posted something not Heat/Lebron ?

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    That’s a comment one makes who obviously hasn’t looked at every comment I’ve made here. You just read the LeBron posts clearly. Otherwise, you wouldn’t say such a stupid thing.

  • Max

    lol link me to an article where you did.

  • Diesel

    If lebron wanted to plant a seed with the refs he should have said something after one of their 27 wins. Saying it after a loss makes him look like a whiney b*tch and it takes away from the good game the bulls played. As for the plays themselves hinrich grabbed on to lebron instinctually. If he didn’t, The way lebron was barreling down, he would have wound up in the third row. Good hard fouls in a competitive game. Those won’t get called as flagrant in these type games and they sure wont get called as flagrant in the playoffs. So all lebron accomplished was giving people who hate him more ammo.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Saying it after a win takes some of the attention and excitement out of the streak. That’s probably why he didn’t comment on it until after they lost and the attention is now back on the playoffs.

  • Chukaz

    Nobody gets the call every time. Players are always wrong about this. The superstars say they don’t get calls, role players complain that superstars get all the calls. Which one is it? 1 person will say that if you touch lebron it’s a foul on the D, someone else will say that lebron gets fouled hard and it doesn’t get called. It can’t be both. And if it is, it cancels itself out.

  • Diesel

    And if the bulls really wanted to play dirty like the pistons of the 80s they would have put Mohammed in the game and let him cheap shot lebron all game. They wouldn’t send their smallest player hinrich out there to try and intimidate someone

  • chicagoraised24

    so what was “off base”?

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    This is very easy. I don’t even have to link anything. Look at the WNBA post from today. Not only does it prove that you didn’t look at all the posts, you didn’t even look at all the posts from today. Notice I didn’t say a word about the Heat or LeBron.

  • Max

    Allrighty! And I did look at that post, it’s just impossible to remember everyone’s name and what they wrote.

  • Redd

    lol…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Kobe is and has forever been an on court whiner, always clapping his hands and giving refs the death stare like he is owed a call, him and Melo I tell you what lol. Lebron needs to take a lesson from Shaq and just role with and commit a few rough “basketball” plays when he can to retaliate and make people think twice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Shaq made his wing players better by being such a dominant force he took pressure of them. Kobe/Penny/Wade all benefited off of not having double teams on them because with Shaq down low you simply couldn’t do that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    I mean Robert Horry got seven and pippen has six I hate using rings as an argument. If it is all about individual play then how about MVP’s 3 beats 1 any day. I mean really besides points and the of course the rings attained over 17 year career compared to a ten year career of Lebron, Kobe is not that far separated from Lebron and the gap gets even narrower each day. Kobe has had a better career so far hands down team wise and individual. But Lebron is breathing down his neck already with almost decade long disadvantage.

  • Caboose

    ….You must be a pretty good sized dude if you think that you can hurt Shaq on the basketball court, cheap shot or not.

  • Conor

    MVPs aren’t even voted by League affiliates. The media is granted the vote for whatever stupid reason.

  • Conor

    I’ve already said James is the best, you psycho.

    Kobe is 34 years old. It was a testament to his skill that upper-tier players such as Horford consider Bryant as such.

  • Conor

    Horford, Jennings, and Curry have all said that Kobe is the best. While I agree that nobody possesses his arsenal of moves and skill, James is the best. Only because Kobe is old.

  • Conor

    *Kobe’s arsenal of moves and skill. Putting your head down and shooting layups is not a skill.

  • http://twitter.com/kushnite Kush

    He should be upset and think he needs to add shoulder pads and helmet to his uniform I do not mind the no calls just do in both ends of the court. It is the game you chose to play besides getting hit on the head they won’t to get inside your head just man up and answer the call the whole team you make them take it, the Game.

  • Name

    YES! One of the best comments I’ve seen on this site! (no sarcasm)

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    that screen when lebron shouldered boozer was pretty amazing.

  • Viktor Vaughn

    You shoulda read my lips: “no I don’t like dudes”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    ”the Miami Heat came crashing back down to Earth last night in Chicago”

    they lost but i don’t know about crashing down. bulls knew what they had to do, this is basketball so you go with what works. I expected them to be physical with lebron way before the game. In a series however that wont work

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    You said Dwight Howard gets fouled harder than that from guys bigger than that…and he has spoken out about it too in the past, so what was the point of bringing that up? The Lakers even filed a complaint with the league last month about it. LeBron doesn’t foul a lot because he doesn’t need to. Traveling is a problem league-wide, so LeBron doesn’t benefit more than any other player when it comes to getting called for travels. He wasn’t crying, he was pointing out something to the referees most likely for the playoffs. All of that is what you were off base on.

  • pposse

    okay Ms. Vaughn, be set in your dyke ways thats cool..Billy was bad for you anyways

  • ron

    The Heats will take the Championship !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    I know it is crazy but still i think my point is able to understood.

  • TheBigCire

    grow up :) this is today basketball

  • bill breedley

    weak!!!!! pathetic!!!!!

    what a little girl.

    he isn’t even close to experiencing what shaq or dwight go through… the queen who gets all the calls is now complaining he doesn’t get protected enough…sheeezzzz!!!!

  • bill breedley

    lebron is a wusss

  • illgauskus

    Hey, you racist trash bag, go find another site to comment on.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Shooting 25 times for 27 points also isn’t a skill.

  • Diesel

    Uh oh. Someone’s typing without mommy watching again

  • truballer4life

    you haters got to get off lebron hes the best in the game!..all the best great players HAVE complainD so what.. hes standing up for himself!– anything lebron does or say they media and haters blow it up in to a big deal–! LBJ TO THE WORLD! 2013 CHAMPS MIAMI HEAT!

  • Redd

    should listen to your own advice.

  • AndyK415

    That is true. Lots of stars do it…and actually say to the refs that they are star players and should get so and so call (I heard Chris Paul do this a couple years ago THE WHOLE GAME)

  • http://www.facebook.com/razilla1 Razilla te Kani

    he just admitted that it affects his game if you take cheap shots at him…. sheeeeeeeeeeeeit if i was the opposing teams coach I’d be telling my players to cheap shot him ALL GAME!

  • illgauskus

    Uh oh, someone must have thought there was a klan meeting going on at slam. Get lost….again.

  • kwamepooh
  • SwaggyMe

    Show me a Corey mcgette travel/all star call compliation

  • CR21

    You have been replying to damn near every single negative comment about Lebron and acting like his lawyer. Therefore you sir, are riding some major BronBron D

  • Diesel

    Do I know u? Actually It doesn’t matter…kill urself

  • Diesel

    Ohhh, this is that dude on welfare that claims he owns his own business. You changed your screen name. Haha, that was almost a year ago and you’re still angry. I guess when you’re unemployed you have a lot of time to think. I see the truth hurts some more than others.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    I like Pat Riley pointing out that Danny Ainge used to complain quite a bit. Also like LeBron talking about how Shaq used to get fouled pretty hard and how it would be a flagrant or technical foul when he defended himself. What i like most is LeBron saying he doesn’t care about how people think or feel about what he said.

  • Redd

    That’s the dumbest comment all month.

  • Redd

    Did someone say Jimmy Butler?!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That’s a list of SF’s who have played enough minutes to qualify.

  • Redd

    You mean to say Jimmy Butler is better than Lebron & Jordan..right?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I don’t have time for your trolling nonsense

  • Redd

    But..this was becoming productive, happy you didn’t disagree or I’d have pawned you.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol

  • illgauskus

    I used to post as robb. Idk what ur talking about. I do know that I’ve seen several comments from you that made you worthy of being banned. And oh I’M KOREAN, you racist pig.

  • the king

    It wouldn’t be a game if Lebron could run hard at the hoop and expect to score everytime. His momentum( jumping into 7ft players ) while their hands are straight up doesn’t constitute a foul. Called passing

  • pain

    WEAR some glasses, not where. For someone who is constantly talking to people on here like they are stupid, you have a really poor grasp on the only language you know. You make the dumbest grammar and spelling errors.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Kobe fans are hilarious.

  • Gary

    Korean tough guy HAHAHAHA. Ill let u know when I need my nails done ping pong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    the heat beat the pelicans. Next

  • Conor

    *Lakers fans

  • Conor

    He also had the highest drop-off in PPG from the regular season to the Finals of any player in history. Hang your hat on that.

  • Bubbles

    How was this racist you retarded assclown?

  • chicagoraised24

    Ok well Dwight complained because of the flagrant fouls the refs were calling on him and he was saying they should call other ppl the same way the call his and Lebron benefits more then any other player in the league. You can turn on sportscenter and watch the 10 and see him travel on a wide open fast break with no one even close to him and no whistle, and yea if you saw his face while he was talking he was bitching about the fouls not playing mind games with the refs

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  • KevinJohnsonFan

    I watched it. He was pretty calm. So maybe you can’t see or don’t know who LeBron is or what he looks like because he clearly wasn’t bitching.

  • Conor

    I both yearn for that playing style & watched every moment of that series.

  • Conor

    And how exactly do you think Shaq got 3/4 of his dunks and layups? Passes from air?

  • LakeShow

    okay brah

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Yeah from Marlon Wayans dead brother on the Huskies lol

  • 1SLANDBOi

    I wonder how LBJ would do against the “BAD BOY” Pistons and the infamous “MJ Rules”.
    Nuff said…

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