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Lakers’ LeBron James Says He Doesn’t Deserve Suspension After Pistons Incident ‘Isaiah Stewart

LeBron James famously enjoyed playing at Madison Square Garden, going so far as to fuel rumors of the eventual shutdown of New York Knicks in 2019 when he joked to Dwyane Wade after their last game together that such a big occasion could just happen at Staples Center or there, in New York. Except for a surprise encounter with the Knicks in NBA In the finals, though, James won’t get the chance to play in his favorite building this season. The NBA’s four-time MVP was suspended for Monday’s game between Lakers and the Knicks for his hit on Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart on Sunday.

James returned to the floor on Wednesday vs Indiana Pacers, but in his eyes, he should never have missed the Knicks game. After the win over Indiana, James called his suspension “some bully” and suggested that all disputes with Stewart were indeed warranted as an elimination.

“There was a punch on the free throw. His elbow was a bit high, it made me – if you look, if you watch the movie – it threw me off balance a bit, and his elbow lifted my arm. and I basically tried to swim moving, swimming down on his arm, “James told reporters on Wednesday. “And when I swung my arm down his arm, he lost his balance and my left hand grazed his face. And I knew it immediately. So I knew right away that I had a hold of something. on top of his head. So I went to apologize to him, and obviously, you guys saw what happened after that. But definitely by accident.”

“I hate to see that, what escalated after that,” James continued. “I don’t think it’s guaranteed [a suspension]. I think it warrants a launch because of what happened after that. There I am, perhaps, still in the match and the excitement from the fans and what could happen after that, obviously. But the suspension, I don’t think it’s guaranteed. But the federation made that call, and here we are today. “

Many believed that James’ strike on Stewart would have resulted in a longer suspension than just one game. Stewart himself received a two-match suspension, leaving him out for twice as long despite James being the starter on Sunday. Both suspensions have now been fully served, and on Sunday James and Stewart will meet again when the Lakers and Pistons have a rematch in Los Angeles.



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