LeBron James expressed his frustrations after the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena. “The King” has not won in Utah since 2011. However, it wasn’t the reason behind his disappointment.
In 2:09 remaining in the first quarter, LeBron James complained at referee Tyler Ford after Jazz guard Shelvin Mack fouled him. The Cavaliers star believed that he should receive an earlier call when he tripped on the court. However, his actions made the referee decide to give him a rare technical foul.
James felt frustrated with the way he was officiated this season. In their game against the Phoenix Suns, he only had six free-throw attempts. In the second half, James fell to the floor after receiving contact from one of the Suns’ players. Unfortunately, no foul has been called.
LeBron James tried to reach out the three referees and ask for an explanation. However, all of them said that they didn’t see the play. Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson also saw the incident and disappointed how James was treated by the referees.
“You can tell that the referees have a very difficult job reffing him, and to his credit, he keeps his cool for the most part; but as his teammate, it is tough to watch him go, go, go, get hit and not get calls. The referees have a very difficult job, he’s a unique player,” Jefferson said.
In 34 games this season, James averaged 7.1 free throw attempts per game and ranks 10th in the league. However, “The Kings” still has the perception that he doesn’t get officiated like other NBA players.
LEBRON JAMES THE SHAQ OF GUARDS & FORWARDS
It’s not the first time James had an issue with NBA officiating. Recalling in the 2016 NBA playoffs, coach Tyronn Lue said that James was officiated like former teammate Shaquille O’Neal.
“He’s the Shaq of guards and forwards,” Lue said. “He’s so strong and so physical, when he goes to the basket, guys are bouncing off of him. Those are still fouls, but he doesn’t get that call because he’s so big and so strong and so physical.”
“The King” always try to be physical, especially in crucial games when his team needs to score. Though he feels he’s not being officiated well, some people think that James receives a superstar treatment from the NBA officials.
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