Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James expressed his disappointment regarding the lack of action of the NBA officials in their game against the Detroit Pistons where Andre Drummond’s elbow landed on James’ head.
The NBA was used to be strict in imposing punishment when a certain player intentionally or unintentionally gave a blow to the head to ensure player’s safety. However, things have changed after deciding not to suspend Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond for his elbow to LeBron James in Piston’s loss in Game 3.
Here is the video where Andre Drummond’s elbow landed on LeBron James head:
Before the Game 4 of the playoff series against the Detroit Pistons, Cavaliers star LeBron James was asked about his reaction to the NBA’s decision and said that at first he was surprised and after thinking who did it, he reiterated that he was not surprised.
LeBron on Drummond not being penalized after Game 3: "Initially I was surprised but then I thought who he did it to and I wasn’t surprised"
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 24, 2016
Despite having explosive scoring performance, James was only averaging four free throws per game which were obviously not reciprocating the tough fouls he got with the game against the Detroit Pistons.
“He’s the Shaq of guards and forwards,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said via NBA.com. “He’s so strong and so physical when he goes to the basket guys are bouncing off him. Those are still fouls. But he doesn’t get that call because he’s so big and so strong and so physical.”
Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy was first to complain in Game 1 that the referees were having favorable calls with James but it seemed like it was the other way around. LeBron James received three elbows from Drummond and Morris but no foul was given to the Detroit Pistons players.
On a report at Cleveland.com, Andre Drummond tried to apologize to James by waiting for him in the locker room but as soon as James passed by the Pistons center, he just ignored him like no one was even there.
It was not the first that the NBA overlooked such case where they did not suspend Isaiah Thomas after punching Dennis Schroder in the head.
Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia
Video courtesy: Youtube/Nba 2016