Anthony Davis Defends LeBron James After Brawl vs Pistons: ‘Everyone in the League Knows LeBron Is Not a Dirty Guy’

Published 11/21/2021, 10:26 PM EST
Nov 21, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) and forward Anthony Davis (3) react after a play during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


While the NBA looks down on violent conduct, Anthony Davis openly defended LeBron James after his mid-game against the Pistons. They started this fight when LeBron harshly boxing out Stewart on the rebound of a free throw. This resulted in Stewart bleeding and getting riled up. Anthony Davis feels that while what LeBron did was not dirty, he was unsure of what Stewart wanted to do.

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Clearly, Stewart was angry because he felt things LeBron was boxing him out too strong and he clearly was. However, does that justify his response of raising arms and charging towards LeBron? Here’s what Anthony Davis had to say about that.

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Anthony Davis defends LeBron James after mid-game brawl and ejection

After the heated brawl which resulted in an ejection for LeBron James, his close teammate Anthony Davis publicly defends him. In the post-game press interviews, the Lakers’ star Anthony Davis backed LeBron for not being ‘a dirty guy’. He further claimed that while it was LeBron who might have caused the bleeding but it was Stewart who was escalating the situation.

As seen in many footages, it was Stewart who was consistently charging at LeBron after he caused him to bleed.

Whether what LeBron James did was a mistake and Stewart’s response is a different question. The key problem for the Lakers is that LeBron might look at more missed time on the floor. After the Jokic and Morris tussle, the principle on such fights has become clear.

Nov 21, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) walks off the court after being ejected from the game during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Even though the instigator and the violent player might be different. Intentionally raising arms clearly violates the league’s professional code of conduct. Therefore, in all possibility, LeBron might get away with just a fine. However, Isaiah Stewart is most likely going to miss games with a suspension.

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What does this mean for Davis and the teams?

While the Detroit Pistons had the Lakers down by 15 points at the end of the third quarter, they could not hold on to this lead. Hence they fell to a 4-12 record in the East. Although, Anthony Davis and Cade Cunnigham were arguably the best players on the court for both teams. Cunningham had a 13 point triple-double while Davis had a thirty-point double-double.

Nov 21, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) goes up for a dunk against Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (2) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Clearly shows that both the teams have moved on from their conventional styles of relying solely on Jerami Grant and LeBron James to carry the teams.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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