Just as Super Bowl gets played, LeBron gets tackled by Melo

2/3/14 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsJust as the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos face off in the Super Bowl, New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony ended up landing a tackle on Miami Heats forward LeBron James on Saturdays game.
During transition at the third quarter the Knicks were 61 and Heat were 70. That’s when the tackle happened. James ended up making 1-of-2 foul shots. The tackle on left shoulder might have left it a bit sore as James later had an ice pack on it after the game had ended. James scored a total of 30 pints, racked 6 steals, had 8 rebounds and made 7 assists. The Heats won the match 106-91.
James said that the hit should not have been classified as a personal foul as the player did not want him to hit the ground and even though it was not basketball legal it wasn’t intentional.
“That is not the first time I’ve been tackled,” James said. “It shouldn’t be a personal foul. It’s not a basketball play but at the same time he wrapped me up and I don’t think he intended for me to hit the ground.”
Anthony defended himself, saying that James was on his way to him in full momentum and he had to be the first to hit rather than get hit but didn’t want him to get hurt in the process. He added that in the end it mattered that he got to stop him even though he got the foul.
“He was coming at me full speed, man. I gotta get the first hit before he deliver the hit. So long as he was alright, that’s all I care about. I got the foul. I stopped him,” Anthony said.
When Anthony was told that James was now sporting an ice pack on his left shoulder, he couldn’t stop but add with a smug smile that he did his job well in that manner.
 “I did my job then,” Anthony said.

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