LeBron James Bullish On First-Ever SuspensionBy Connor Lynch
LeBron James returned from the first suspension of his NBA career in a defiant mood against the Pacers on Wednesday.
LeBron James scored a season-high 39 points in a 124-116 overtime win for the Los Angeles Lakers. He scored 8 of the Lakers’ 12 points in the extra session as they came back from 12 points down in the second half.
LeBron James insists the incident with Detroit Pistons big man Isaiah Stewart was accidental. As well as that, he believes he didn’t deserve to be suspended.
Although, he does admit an ejection was warranted to cool the intensifying tempers on the night.
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“There was a boxout on the free-throw line. His elbow got kind of high, it got me — if you look, if you watch the film — it got me off balanced a little bit and his elbow lifted my arm and I basically tried to swim move, swim down on him, on his arm,” James said. “And when I swung down on his arm, he got off balance and the left side of my hand grazed his face. And I knew right away. So, I knew right away I had caught some part of his head. So I went over to apologize to him, and obviously, you guys saw what happened after that. But definitely accidental.”
“I hate to see that, what escalated after that,” James continued. “I didn’t think it warranted [a suspension]. It warranted an ejection because of what happened after that. Having me, probably, still in the game and the excitement from the fans and what could possibly happen after that, obviously. But a suspension, I didn’t think it was warranted. But the league made that call and we’re here today.”