NBA Fans Call Out Lebron James’ Special Treatment vs. Bulls

Lebron James

Getty Lebron James pulled a stunt on Saturday against the Bulls that landed the Lakers star under scrutiny with some fans.

Lebron James, playing in his 18th NBA season, is keeping things light with the Los Angeles Lakers this season as the club embarks on its quest to repeat as NBA champions.

When it became evident teammate and Chicago native Anthony Davis was back home on business, helping the Lakers run away with a commanding lead in the first quarter with 15 points in the first frame of a 101-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls, James opted to play some other games on the floor.

James walked the tight rope across the scorer’s table that went widely unnoticed during the game broadcast as it seemed innocent. But fans on Twitter weren’t having it.

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Fans Reactions to James’ Tightrope Walk

A range of reactions rang through social media calling for James to be ejected, suspended or receive a technical foul at the very least.

Some fans also signaled the privileges he’s afforded as the league’s most influential player, arguing that Demarcus Cousins or Draymond Green would have been disciplined.

Given the amount of attention and revenue James brings to the league, one fan lamented James could kill on the floor and walk away scotfree. Another pointed to James’ tightrope walk emblematic of his power in the NBA.

James’ antics did scare some fans who feared he could have gotten injured on the play.

Has the NBA gotten soft now? This fan thinks so.

An interesting take of what motivated James to walk the tightrope:

Regardless of whether James’ actions warrant disciplinary action, it was a glimpse of the Lakers star keeping things light during the regular season.

Bulls Uncharacteristically Struggle to Score

The Bulls had won three games in a row entering Saturday’s game against Los Angeles and had matched a franchise record by scoring 115 or more in seven straight games. They struggled offensively and scored a season-low against the Lakers.

Chicago converted 33 of 83 shots from the field for 39.3% from the field. Zach LaVine led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds, hitting just 1 of 6 from three-point range.

Lauri Markkanen went 0 for 5 on 3-pointers and finished the game with 12 points. The Bulls starting five shot just 5 of 19 from beyond the arc in an uncharacteristically poor shooting performance.

The Bulls look to get back on track against the Boston Celtics on Monday, meanwhile, their game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday was postponed due to health and safety protocols. Their next game will instead be on Saturday against the Portland Trailblazers.

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