It’s a an accepted part of the NBA that star players are officiated differently than everyone else. Guys like LeBron, Wade, and Kobe just lower their shoulder and head to the bucket and 95% of the time a whistle’s going to bail them out whether they get fouled or not. But one thing that most don’t consider is that stars also get the benefit of the doubt on defense too.
(guess who the foul’s on?)
BULLS.COM’s Sam Smith has some startling numbers on how many fouls LeBron has been whistled for this year. James is a candidate for the NBA’s all-defensive team, which Smith says is largely because James is only being called for 1.72 fouls per game this year — shockingly low for a guy who is so active defensively. In fact, LeBron went through a five game stretch in March in which he was called for zero fouls. Not a single one in more than 180 minutes on the floor.
As you might expect, some think this is a tad bit shady. Although, should we really be that surprised considering the general quality of NBA officiating?