WATCH: LeBron James Can’t Hide His Displeasure With No-Foul Call During Lakers vs Raptors

Published 04/07/2021, 6:15 AM EDT
Mar 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


While LeBron James is still out injured, he’s traveled with the Lakers for their five-game road trip. He was back on the sidelines supporting his teammates during their NBA matchup against the Raptors. There were plenty of reactions from him from courtside, including a disgruntled reaction with the referees as they failed to call an offensive foul in the favor of his team.

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The moment happened late in the third quarter when the Lakers were leading the Raptors 81-61. Toronto’s trade deadline acquisition, Gary Trent Jr, charged towards the basket when he encountered a static Dennis Schroder on his way.

Mar 7, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (23) is introduced before the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The German took a charge from Gary Trent Jr. and went down on the floor. All of his Lakers‘ teammates stopped and appealed to the referee in unison. Even the Raptors’ guard stopped in his layup motion, anticipating an offensive foul against him. But it did not come.

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The referees were not buying Schroder’s flop. However, LeBron James wasn’t a happy man on the sidelines. He threw his arms around and gave a rather disgusted look to the referees.

Thankfully, it did not end up costing the Los Angeles Lakers as they held on to a 110-101 victory, despite the Raptors’ late surge in the second half. There were contributions all around the floor as seven players got into double-digit scoring figures. These were very positive signs for them in the absence of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

LeBron James previously received an anti-flopping warning from the NBA

The league has been trying to enforce an anti-flopping policy this season. It is to curb the excessive antics from the players where they flail with their arms around despite minimal contact. The likes of Marcus Smart and Kristaps Porzingis have officially received an NBA warning, among others.

And the most high-profile warning was reserved for LeBron James. During the game against the Grizzlies in mid-February, he went down without any contact from the opposing defender. It was an attempt to deceive the referee, and he duly received a slap on the wrists.

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Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James received a warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule Feb. 12 vs. Memphis. pic.twitter.com/NovQbnBEE0

— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) February 13, 2021

Bron is currently nursing a high ankle sprain and is not expected to feature in any of the Lakers’ road games but will continue supporting his teammates from the sides.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. His fandom for Formula One began with the 2010 Abu Dhabi GP and he fell in love with NBA after watching Dirk Nowitzki create magic on the basketball court. He is also a Manchester United fan.

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