LeBron James clocked Isaiah Stewart during the Lakers game against the Detroit Pistons. Whether it was accidental or intentional is up for debate. The players two versions of the same story.
The incident transpired a almost a week ago but it seems the two players still have a lot of bad blood. After Stewart maintained his belief that James hit him in the face intentionally, King James continued to maintain that it was accidental.
“I don’t go into a game and make it an individual thing,” James asserted during his November 26 press conference. James then went on to explain how it all went down. This was in response Isaiah Stewarts comment about the hit being intentional. “I saw his comments today and he felt it was intentional or wasn’t an accident, going [on the] record again saying it was. The actual chop down was on purpose to get his arm off of me. That part was on purpose but the point of my hand hitting his face was not on purpose”.
“You can literally go through numerous of plays in the NBA where guys are chopping down on guys’ arms or hands trying to get them off of them. And if you really look at the play closely, he kind of got off balance when I chopped down and that’s how his head went into my hand. So, it wasn’t intentional at all. I’ve never been that player. I’ve never ever tried to seek a face contact like that. It’s just not a part of my game or a part of basketball at all, so. But I don’t go into that game with any expectation besides us trying to come out victorious and get back to .500. That is the most important thing and that’s always been my mindset.” James explained.
Stewart has been silent since the incident but briefly addressed it for the “last time”. Stewart stood his ground and said “This is going to be my last time addressing it, I watched the film, me personally, like I said, I didn’t feel like it was an accident,”. “But this is my last time addressing it Stewart told reporters on November 26.
Recently, LeBron James performed brilliantly with a 39-point clutch against the Indiana Pacers. It was the LeBron’s first game after suspension. In his follow-up game however, James was not even average with his outing. The power forward himself accepted how unsatisfactory his performance was.
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