LeBron James recent suspension will cost the NBA superstar almost $285,000 in game checks. King James was suspended after he struck Isaiah Stewart in a game between his Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons. The suspension will, ironically, save the Lakers a big chunk of cash.
According to Bleacher Report, the suspension means that the Lakers won’t have to pay luxury tax for the games LeBron doesn’t play. That amounts to a total savings of $532,508. James was suspended for one game after the hard foul against the Detroit center.
James caused a huge gash to open over Stewart’s eye. The big man required eight stitches to repair the contusion. The strike occurred as the two attempted to box out on a free throw attempt.
LeBron has since reached out to Stewart to apologize for the rough foul. A fight nearly broke out as the benches cleared. Tempers flared, but ultimately the officials were able to regain control.
James was just returning after missing eight games with an abdominal strain injury. The Lakers were struggling without him, and because of the melee in Detroit, had to go another game with no LeBron.
L.A. is sitting at a mediocre 9-9. They beat the Pistons 121-116 to get back to .500. Next, they travel to MSG to take on the New York Knicks. That game goes down tonight at 7:30 on TNT.