‘Sometimes It can be Antiques’: Chicago Bulls Player Speaks on whether LeBron James Fakes to Get a Foul

Published 05/27/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23)plead their case to referee Josh Tiven (58) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


A month ago, LeBron James had openly criticized the play-in tournament and questioned the reason behind its existence. Many other players condemned it too because that gave an opportunity to a 33-win team to knockout a 38-win team, so to speak. 

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However, the same product backed by Adam Silver gave fans one of the most iconic matches in Lakers vs Warriors. That match felt more like a conference final game with teams cutting huge deficits, playing all their stars for extended minutes, fighting for every possession, and if need be, ‘acting’ a little. 

Chicago Bulls player backed  LeBron James for his act

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May 19, 2021; Stephen Curry shoots a basket over LeBron James at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

With two minutes on the game clock, the Warriors were leading their play-in game against the Lakers and were eyeing an upset. That’s when a pass from Alex Caruso and a dunk attempt from LeBron James hit the headlines.

Just as a flying Draymond Green jumped to block that shot from Bron, he accidentally hit The Akron Hammer’s face and forced him off balance. A moment later, LeBron was lying on the floor, rubbing his eyes as it appeared that Draymond had poked in his eyes with his right hand.

Even the commentators were debating whether it qualified for a flagrant, but Bron’s extended time lying under the rim certainly raised doubts.

Later, as most fans tagged it as acting, a flurry of reactions came in support and against Bron.

In a recent interview, Chicago Bulls veteran Thaddeus Young gave his opinion on the incident. The 32-YO expressed, “I don’t know. I try to not get into the antiques of the game… Sometimes it can be real, sometimes it can be just antiques to get the call or to give guys flagrant and stuff like that. The Draymond Green incident with LeBron could’ve been a hype little bit because it was obviously LeBron and Draymond Green.” 

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The rivalry between the L-Train and Warriors’ Draymond Green

This is not new when it comes to the two stars. It all began during the 2016 NBA Finals when The Dancing Bear had successfully tamed Bron with his extraordinary blocking skills.

That year, Draymond had averaged his play-off high, 1.8 blocks per game. Later, in the 2018 NBA Finals too, Dray was all over LeBron, and that had helped the Warriors beat the Cavs 4-0. 

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The Warrior leads the meeting between the two with an impressive record of 23-15 (15-6 in playoffs). So, it was obvious that Bron tried his best to force a flagrant on Dray in their recent meeting. 

Just as Thaddeus added, “When you look at how tough a competitor Draymond is, and what he is… as far as getting technical fouls and giving hard fouls and just being a bruise in the paint. Like, if I was LeBron, I’m going to sell it too. I wanna take him out of the game, like Draymond is an impactful player the same as LeBron. So I probably would’ve tried to sell it too. I don’t know if he actually poked in the eye or anything like that.”

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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