The NBA announced late Thursday afternoon that Josh McRoberts’ elbow throw at LeBron James in the closing minutes of Game 2 of the First Round Eastern Conference playoff series between Miami and Charlotte, has been upgraded to a Flagrant 2 and will cost McRoberts $25K.
With under a minute to go James drove the lane for what looked to be a game sealing layup, but, just like he has all season long, was met with malicious force, this time in the form of a McBow from McRoberts. Incredibly, the officials ruled the play a common foul.
This has happened time and time again to the King this season. Whenever he drives to the cup, he is met with unnecessary force to prevent the score. I understand LeBron is basically a freight train and it takes more than a tap to prevent an And 1 opportunity, but enough is enough. We’ve seen tackles, headlocks, takedowns, nose shots, and now a McBow.
Thankfully, the league had FINALLY stepped in, and sent a message to defenders everywhere through the McBob fine:
You can continue to attack the King…
…but it will cost you $25K.
Defenders be warned, justice has been served.