’20 Games Without Pay’: Fans React to Adam Silver Suspending LeBron James for Lakers vs Knicks

Published 11/22/2021, 10:30 PM EST
Nov 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers got back to winning ways after a comeback against the Detroit Pistons. However, the LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart altercation mainly came up from the game. With both the players having some hand in the entire incident, the league made a call for the two players. And the decision regarding LeBron has left fans angry.

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During a loose ball, LeBron accidentally struck Stewart on the face in the third quarter. While he didn’t try to escalate the situation from there, it left Stewart boiling. He charged at the ‘King’ multiple times and even challenged the security and on-court staff. With such a big altercation, it isn’t a surprise that the league stepped in to investigate.

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

However, their decision is not sitting well with the fans who believe LeBron James doesn’t deserve that punishment.

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LeBron James suspended for the game against New York Knicks

The NBA took matters into their hands to investigate the altercation and handed out the punishments. Isaiah Stewart will face a two-match suspension without pay for aggressively pursuing LeBron on the court and trying to escalate the altercation. On the other hand, LeBron James received a one-game suspension for initiating the altercation on the floor.

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This decision is big for the Lakers who only just got their win. The Knicks have been a great team since the last season, with Julius Randle leading the way. Hence, the loss of LeBron at the Mecca of basketball will hit the big time. The purple and gold will once again need to gather all their strength in hopes of triumph over the Knicks.

For the suspension, while it may have been a mistake, the league has to hand out some punishment for it. James has never been an aggressive personality on the floor and it was only the second ejection of his entire career. Hence, the league may have given him a cut with the one-game suspension. But their actions do seem fair for the incident.

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The purple and gold will now go up against a serious contender and that too, without the ‘King’ on board. The duo of Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis will need to once again be there to guide the Lakers home. Do you think LeBron James deserved the suspension? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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