Are NBA Refs Afraid of LeBron James?

By Thomas Duffy
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has not been whistled for a foul since December 8th. Five games and 211 minutes have passed, yet James has remained foul-less.

This is getting absurd. NBA Refs are favoring James excessively. James is the best player in the league, so of course he will get some calls (or no-calls) throughout the course of a game that other players would not get. But five games without a whistle? Something is wrong with that.

James is averaging only 1.4 fouls per contest all season. Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant are each averaging about 3 per game. Why is it that James gets treatment better than two players are among the top five players in the league?

James is physical, but not a dirty player. He is arguably the best defender in the NBA, and yet I find it hard to believe that he has not committed an infraction in 211 minutes on the court.

James has a habit of showing people up on the court; Mario Chalmers will tell you the same thing. Last season the Miami Heat PG pulled James aside after a game and addressed the yelling and facial expressions that were being directed at him after he did something that James did not approve of on the court.

That leads me to my next question: are the referees afraid of James? James has become such an icon, such a persona, and the face of the NBA, that maybe referees fear being the one who calls a foul on the “King.”

Whatever the case is, games need to be called more strictly, and that starts at the top with the best players. Four ejections were handed out in the game between the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls, with Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah nearly coming to blows after a play.

Fans come to see the best players in the world compete, not watch one player do whatever he wants with no calls from the referees.

LeBron James is my favorite player in the NBA, but he is still a player just like everyone else, not some figure high and above the rest of the league.

Call a foul on him, refs.

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