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Jan 28, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

Zachariah Blott of Empty the Bench has a great piece up today about how the refs are evidently letting LeBron James fly first class, foul-wise, while the rest of the league languishes in coach. Noticing a distinct lack of whistle whenever LeBron was guarding someone, Blott crunched the numbers and found that, indeed, Bron-Bron only collects an average of 1.8 fouls per game, or roughly 50 percent less than the average NBA player. When it comes to the refs, Brony is indeed the King: Nine of the top 10 scorers in the league collectively average 2.7 fouls per. Blott writes:

And this isn’t the first time he’s been in the referee’s good graces to this degree. Last year, James averaged 1.7 fouls per. Going backwards from there, you have 2.2, then 2.2, then 2.3, then 1.8, then 1.9… then he was at his high-school prom. Not only is 2.3 fouls per the worst of LeBron’s career, it actually marks the best in the careers of both Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant.

Is this Tim Donaghy revisited, asks SportsbyBrooks? Not sure about that, but Blott goes on to compare LeBron’s foul numbers with those of past greats, such as Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, and the results are quite interesting. Bottom line, the refs, and the NBA, have some ‘splainin’ to do.
I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, and Thursday is a sad one.


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  1. pants_on_the_ground - Jan 28, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    To all u Kobe-lovers….let’s b realistic here. Kobe Bryant is by far the BIGGEST crybaby in the NBA. He whines so much that now baby bynum, yoda farmar, pau(goose-head) or (ostrich neck), lamar(complainer) all are whiners. Every single time I watch their games, they complain and pee their pants for little things, even when there is a major foul committed on their part, they throw their hands in the air and argue to the refs. On the other hand, you look at Lebron and you can’t say anything more. He commands attention and doesn’t nearly complain as much as the F***** Fakers. He will be the MVP for this year and win at least 6 or 7 to kobe’s 4. In the end, he will go down as the 2nd greatest player ever in the history of the NBA, behind MJ of course. Kobe will possibly be in the top 20. keep it up Bron, u da man!!!!!

  2. len - Jan 28, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    this is why the nba is alot like the wwe. just can’t take it too seriously. don’t bet on nba games. can’t trust the refs of the league.

  3. Jim - Jan 28, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    I was a devoted fan to the NBA and the Refs ruined it for me. I am not waisting another second or dime on the NBA. I don’t watch wrestling either.

  4. nato - Jan 28, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    I’ve been posting about this very same thing on the message boards for the past 3 years. I even put up quizzes such as “During which NBA Season was LeBron last called for a foul?”. LeBron is a joke and when he loses his ability to run people over he doesn’t have the fundamentals to continue to play at a high level.
    I like all the Cavs fans that come on here and cry that Lebron is always getting fouled and never makes it to the line, yet he probably has shot the most free throws in the NBA this year.
    Either way the article is about lack of fouls that LeBron gets called for and not how many times LeBron is breathed on and the opponent is called for a foul. Cavs fans are the biggest cry babies, they probably inherited it from LeBron or vice versa.

  5. Portlander - Jan 28, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Who do I choose in crunch time?
    Brandon Roy — no contest.
    He doesn’t get — or need — the ref’s whistle to give him the game.
    He just makes the shot when it matters.

  6. whatever - Jan 28, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    you know what i hate basketball because of refs an players like lebron at least players like kobe and d wade show heart lebron is a pathetic bulldozer and if any of you cant see it then your as blind or stupid as the refs the gam te other nigh against the heat and they let the cavs literally manhandle anyone and never got caled but at te end just looking at legone got him a foul called, truly pathetic, most of you bloggers chiming in about this are fair weather fans and not honest with yourselves or reality, when the ref ignore finesse players like gasol who wasliterally beaten up by le thug james and they dint call fouls cuz hes making the nba money is wht makes you happy good for you while your at it go take candy from little kids so you can get gratifiction in that also, i may not like kobe but i will give him credit he plays hard like no other player including lebron i need fame james win or lose at least hes mature about it….so keep your pathetic game an the pathetic cheating players and rigged games, you deserve each other

  7. Rick Chandler - Jan 28, 2010 at 8:19 PM

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  8. Dee Mirich and the Supremes - Jan 28, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Who cares about any of that … look at the talking duck!

  9. jayee - Jan 28, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    its called “playing the game” and yes playing the refs is a part of it. watch any sport in any league in any country and you will see that the “greats” understand that and play as much for the refs and to angle themselves to shield their actions, play differently when they see the refs head turned and over act or call attention when they think it will get them a call… just a part of the game… love the gane or hate it, no-one is forceing you to watch.

  10. Annette H. - Jan 28, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    I was listening to a sports call-in show back when King Michael was holding court. A caller complained that he saw Michael Jordan blatantly foul other players and if it got noticed at all, one of the other Bulls took the rap. In other words, Michael never fouled out. He might pick up one or two, but he was never in serious trouble. The broadcaster answering the questions said this: “You will never see Michael Jordan foul out of a game. When he leaves the game, half the fans leave the game and take their money with them. No more hot dogs, no more drinks, and no more paraphernalia. They go to see Michael and that’s it and the refs know it.” Sounds like King James is getting the same treatment.

  11. ian - Jan 28, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    just wondering if all ya Lebron supporters will be saying the same thing after he leaves cleveland…

  12. JOHN WHITE - Jan 28, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    OMG, U took the words right out of my mouth LITERALLY! Thank you for that comment, it just reassured me I’m not the only guy thinking that.

  13. JIM J - Jan 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    The whole league is a joke it’s all about making the NBA money. Donsghy and everything he said was right on the nose

  14. Bryan - Jan 29, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    LeBron gets fouled more than any player in the NBA, and half the time the refs don’t call anything because of how strong he is and how he goes through the contact with no problem.

  15. jj - Jan 29, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Realy, you don’t say maybe the fine that queen LBJ just got for kicking a water bottle was an accident and not because he whining. Say what you want but it comes down to rings and Queen LBJ zero Kobe four.

  16. jj - Jan 29, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Realy, you don’t say maybe the fine that queen LBJ just got for kicking a water bottle was an accident and not because he whining. Say what you want but it comes down to rings and Queen LBJ zero Kobe four.

  17. Chuck - Jan 29, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    This may be ole hat but every time I look at Kobe I think of Colorado and what he got AWAY with. And the balls of him to have this GOD attitude really gets to me. You know, biting his tee, having those silly expressions and letting his ‘other half’ use that street lauguage whenever she see fit is a total joke. Most who admire Bryant probably have no idea how many Kobe haters there are out there. On the other hand what DID happen in Colorado and the end results (meaning it will always be there) couldn’t be on a better fools shoulders.

  18. ajjjj - Jan 29, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Do you and 21 other coworkers directly generate 100s of millions of dollars annually for your employers? Do thousands of people show up to your job and pay 100s of dollars to watch you work?
    I doubt it.
    Athletes make million of dollars in salary not because they are the employees of the NBA (which they are) but because they are the product served by the NBA. A product thats not easily replaced or substituted.

  19. KP - Feb 9, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Lakers got screwed in the Finals against Detroit and Boston. Against Boston a few times actually. McHale never got a tech for clotheslining Rambis either! It was only a two shot foul! lol