LeBron James Calls Danny Granger’s Tactics ‘Stupid’

by May 22, 2012

Time and again in their second round Playoff series, Danny Granger has put on a tough guy act when trying to slow down LeBron James. James, however, finds the whole shtick quite silly. From ESPN: “Granger has gotten called for technical fouls in each of the past three games for getting into both James and Dwyane Wade’s faces after fouls. Granger said he doesn’t intend to back down but several times he has appeared to be the one to instigate the confrontation. ‘Whatever he’s trying it is not working,’ James said Tuesday before Game 5. ‘He’s said he’s not scared of LeBron, I want to let (James) know. I guess he’s doing it for his own psyche. It’s stupid.’ […] ‘I’m all for standing up for your guys but certain things you just can’t keep doing,’ Wade said. ‘My message to Granger was that you just can’t keep running up into people’s faces for altercations. We’re not fighting on this basketball court so let’s not act like we’re going to fight. We can be physical and do all that but certain things got to stop. Are you out here to play basketball or are you out here to be a tough guy?’ […] Before Game 4 Granger said: ‘We just want each other to know it’s going to be an intense battle, and it’s going to be a fight.’ James seems to disagree. ‘Nobody is fighting on the basketball court, c’mon,’ James said. ‘I’m not going to fight because I mean too much to our team and I can’t afford to be suspended for a game or do something stupid to get thrown out of a playoff game.’”