LeBron James said he's not surprised that the NBA decided not to suspend Andre Drummond due to the events that happened during the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons last Friday. As he was responding to the decision, James even took a shot at the professional basketball league.
The incident in question happened last week during the third game between the Pistons and Cavaliers. As reported by Cleveland.com, during the second quarter of the game, James was running under the basket to catch a pass when got elbowed by Drummond in the head.
The hit caused James to fall and slide across the floor. Despite the incident, the game went on and referees did not even made a call against Drummond. However, due to the seriousness of the hit, officials from the NBA reviewed it on Saturday to determine if it warrants a suspension against Drummond.
Unfortunately, after last Saturday's meeting, the league officials decided not to suspend the Pistons center. James said he wasn't surprised with the NBA's decision. After all, he's already used to being the receiving end of hard fouls on the court.
"Initially I was surprised but then I though who he did it to and I wasn't surprised," he told the press on Sunday right before the fourth game between the Cavaliers and Pistons.
Of course, the Cavaliers forward was insinuating that during the course of his career in the NBA, the referees are a bit biased against him when he gets hit by the other players. These include elbows to the ribs, hits to the face and body shots that frequently sends him to the floor.
Still, it seems officials can't see the full effect of these hits on James primarily because of his size and performance. At 6-foot-eight and at 250 pounds, James looks and moves like a dominant player in the court, CBS Sports reported.
"He's the Shaq of guards and forwards," Tyronn Lue, the head coach of the Cavaliers said about his star player. "He's so strong and so physical when he goes to the basket, guys are bouncing off of him."
"These are still fouls, but he doesn't get that call because he's so big and so strong and so physical," he added.