Less than 10 games into the NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers have already filed a lack of fouls complaint with Commissioner Adam Silver’s office. However, according to reports, it wasn’t about the team in general, but about the issue Lebron James. Of course, this action isn’t unusual for teams, but doing it so early in the season is a bit alarming.
As seen in the clip above, some of those no-calls were questionable, but not egregious. Of course, they think James should receive calls based on his calls Stature in the clubbut going to the commissioner’s office to complain so early in the season could be seen as grasping at straws.
On the surface, this appears to be nothing more than positioning James and the Lakers for the long haul of the season. Make the league and referees aware of our issues early so we don’t have to worry about them later. This is a common practice for organizations during playoff series, but taking this step in early November seems drastic.
When you break it down and look at the numbers, LA as a team ranks in the top six in the NBA in free throw attempts per game with 24.6. LeBron is second on the squad and shot just under six free throws per game (5.7). Anthony Davis is first with just over six. Compared to the rest of the league, James ranks 23rd in charity trips.
Even if there is evidence for it LeBron and the Lakers may be fair, it doesn’t change the fact that they’ve only played seven games. It just desperately looks like the season is already in limbo with more than 70 games left on the schedule. LA’s next game on Wednesday night against the Rockets will be interesting. Seeing James in line ten times tonight wouldn’t be shocking. It’s similar when teams fire a head coach and replace him on the other end of the spectrum. That’s probably what the NBA will do in Houston to appease the King.
https://deadspin.com/lakers-lebron-james-foul-calls-1851003816 The Lakers are already complaining about a lack of callbacks for LeBron James