May 8, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Is LeBron Too Strong to Draw Fouls from Officials?

There seems to be a large sect of NBA fans who think that LeBron James gets all the calls he wants and can control the officials like they’re his puppets. But those fans clearly don’t watch the Heat and just regurgitate whatever LeBron hate they hear spewed and feel cool repeated, because the reality is he doesn’t get the calls he should get.

Ira Winderman from the Sun-Sentinel ponders why this is and claims that it’s because LeBron plays for points and doesn’t play to draw a foul when going down low.

Per Ira Winderman:

The problem with LeBron is that the goal is always scoring, not just settling for the free throws. So he plays with such force that what would result in foul calls in favor of other players comes off looking like mere incidental contact when it comes against LeBron. It was the same way with Shaquille O’Neal. And it’s the same with many of the league’s strongest and bulkiest players

LeBron plays like a champ and champs play for points and not fouls. That doesn’t excuse the non-calls on LeBron but it does help explain a few things.

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