Details on LeBron James’ Suspension Following Ugly Fight Possibly Revealed

Published 11/22/2021, 10:50 AM EST
Nov 21, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts after getting ejected from the game during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


The Detroit Pistons have a history of being a notoriously violent team. From the Bad Boy Pistons to the Malice at the Palace, the Pistons’ history is tainted with extreme aggression. What happened today between LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart made fans feel like history might repeat itself.

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What happened today was nowhere close to the degree to which Malice at the Palace got escalated. However, the tension and heat on the floor had an eerie similarity to Malice at the Palace. Hence, it is natural that both the players who were involved in the main tussle are looking at punitive action from the NBA.

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Especially since it involved a closed fist interaction between the players, which has historically been looked down on by the NBA.  This is what a possible suspension might look like for LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart.

NBA Analyst predicts potential punitive action against LeBron James

According to Brad Botkin of CBS, LeBron James is possibly looking at a suspension for two to three games. Historically, whenever players have been involved in a fist tussle, the perpetrator faced punitive action. And even though how Stewart reacted was the main cause for this tussle to escalate, it can’t be denied that LeBron was the one who is to blame for starting this fight.

And deservingly, he was ejected from today’s game. Even though it might seem like an action done in the heat of the moment. A closed fist shrugging off a player on a free throw rebound is not acceptable under any circumstances.

Nov 21, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (28) has blood around his right eye after an altercation with Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (not pictured) during the third quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Most recently, even in the Jokic-Morris bout, the primary violent aggressor Morris faced a fine. However, it was Jokic who reacted disproportionately to attract that suspension. Even though that differs from this incident in a way that it did not involve a closed fist bout. Therefore, it is likely that even LeBron will look at a possible suspension in this case. Hence, adding to the woes of the Lakers.

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History of closed fist fouls in the NBA

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Each time a player fouls with an intentional fist, he has usually seen a suspension come his way. For instance, when J.R Smith swung at Jae Crowder in 2015, he also faced a two-game suspension.

Here’s a compilation of some fistfights in the NBA.

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Even though the Pistons coach himself supported LeBron James today, LeBron James will definitely face punitive action. Whether it will result in him missing a few games is still unknown. But the fact that the Lakers rallied back in the last quarter is the only positive takeaway from their game against the Pistons.

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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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