Mocking LeBron James with a ‘cry baby’ gesture is fallacious, in that it implies he’s the only NBA star who chronically refutes no-calls with the referees. If I was sitting next to this fan, I wouldn’t find it funny.
I have memories of the great Michael Jordan working the refs like a politician. Sometimes throwing a tantrum and other times quietly walking up to one during a time out to make his heart felt plea.
Reggie Miller, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Larry Bird, Magic… they all did it too.
Complaining is part of the game. While it’s true that referees never reverse their call when a star refutes them, it is true, that that star has enough staying power, to subconsciously control them in the closing minutes of a close game.
What may have been a no call earlier, is now enough of a bump to negatively manipulate a fall away. The result is two free throws, a win and a positive relationship thereafter.
Calls weren’t the problem for LeBron and the Cavs yesterday. His team shot 32% from the floor, en route to a grind it out 89-83 loss to the Warriors.
If LeBron hopes to have any shot at stealing the crown from the high flying Steph Curry, he’ll need a lot more from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. The duo combined for 23 points on 9 of 31 shooting.
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