The LeBron Factor
It is no secret that LeBron has been one of the best players in the league since he was drafted in 2003. Hardly any other player has had the ability to single-handedly change the face of a game in this era.
All credit must be given where it is due. LeBron has not really had any off the court issues that accompany so many superstars now days. He also has continued to be a top-tier player year after year.
With being one of the best players in the game, there are obviously going to be slight benefits. You are going to get some favor that other players don’t get. Unfortunately, this is starting to get out of hand with James.
The most recent form of the double standard that surrounds LeBron, stems from the playoff series with Detroit.
Pistons coach, Stan Van Gundy, was fined $25,000 for criticizing the referees. His statement after the game was, “A couple of calls have upset our guys. They’ve got to understand, Lebron’s Lebron. They’re not going to call offensive fouls on him. He gets to do whatever he wants. They’ve got to understand that.”
Van Gundy’s fine makes sense, it is laid out that there are fines for criticizing the referees. He tried to explain what he meant, and say that the refs weren’t the reason they lost.
The issue with LeBron comes in after Game 3. James and Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, each had some statements about how LeBron is officiated.
Tyronn Lue compared LeBron to Shaq (I’m sorry Shaq). “He’s the Shaq of guards and forwards. He’s so strong and so physical, when he goes to the basket, people are just bouncing off of him. Those are still fouls, but he doesn’t get that call because he’s so strong and so big and so physical.”
LeBron also had a comment, after Andre Drummond was not penalized for an elbow to James neck. “Initially I was surprised, but then I thought who he did it to, and I wasn’t surprised.”
Both of these statements take shots at the referees, just not as outright as Van Gundy’s, however, it is pretty obvious what they are saying. Neither Lue or James got any fines for these statements though.
To make things worse, Lue, also had another praise for LeBron, “I love that about him. He gets hit all the time, and he just gets up, shakes it off and moves on to the next play.”
This may be because Lue hasn’t watched LeBron enough, but he is one of the biggest complainers in the entire NBA. There are numerous videos of this on YouTube.
There comes a certain time when the league needs to acknowledge the fact that LeBron is being refereed differently, just like he said. However, they need to call him out on his moving screens or the screens where he is holding the person. Maybe they could take a look at all of his forearm shivers or shoulder drops while they are there?
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